I bet I know what you are a thinking: We all want to change the world, but what is a webolution? It is a way to get involved by using the Internet/Open Source as a tool to create global change. At its best, the Internet/Open Source enables caring individuals and communities throughout the world to trade ideas, nurture sustainability and help one another. Webolution is empowerment through technology.
In my opinion the Internet is barely at the Model T stage in the evolution of technological change that is engulfing our planet. Sites like UniversalGiving.org or Kiva.org are current innovative examples of the type of social impact the Internet can make. At no other time in human history has an average person had the opportunity to change the world while sitting in their underwear in their home office. As scary as this visual may seem to some, the possibilities that this raises are incredible exciting for the office-chair Webolutionary. This begs the question, so what are you going to do in your underwear? Surf the Web or help change the world? For the first time in the history of our planet individuals wearing underwear or not have the ability to change the world from the privacy of their homes.
I am the founder and Chief Webolutionary of FamilyThrive.com and our mission is to “Empower the Next Generation of Leaders.” FamilyThrive.com is an online community center that helps families thrive and grow together. FamilyThrive.com believes that strong families can change the world, and so we have created an advanced Web-based environment to support parents and to challenge teenagers and young adults to become the best they can be. We invite parents, teenagers, and young adults everywhere to come and grow together in dynamic new ways.
I bet I know what you are thinking: You say you got a real solution but you had better watch out for the techie trap. Over 10 years of working in the technology field has clearly taught this geek that technology is just a tool. What creates a webolution is finding out what your users want, empowering them with great content and tools, and making sure they want to find you and that they know how to do it. You also need to put on some clothes and get out in the world and start mixing it up, perhaps the subject for another blog, if Noah invites me back.
My goal with FamilyThrive.com is to build a successful model that other entrepreneurs can leverage to help propel their passion and purpose into successful action. My passion is Family and yours for the sake of argument is Global Warming, over time, I will share with you what we did to be successful. Our goal is to be the impetus behind 5,000 more Kiva.orgs or UniversalGiving.orgs.
Currently FamilyThrive.com is in soft launch and we are gearing up to attend the Investor’s Circle conference in San Francisco in May 2007. We are building a great team and actively working on creating an innovative model for sustainable social change. We have lots of work to do and need all the help we can get.
What do you think it will take for FamilyThrive.com to create a webolution? Check out our Web site and tell us what you think.
Feel free to contact me at Rob “at” FamilyThrive.com.