Posts Tagged ‘philanthropy’

A Brief Future of Time

July 6, 2009

There are some things that can only be learned over time.  Such as, well, learning about time iteslf!  That’s why I have appealed to the geniuses of our human race for intellectual quotes on time.

They are all short quotes, because I have a short attention span.  I have selected my top 9 in preparation for the Vancouver Time Auction, happening at 6pm on July 9th, at the UBC Student Union Building (Facebook Event).

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.  ~Dion Boucicault
Time is like the wind, it lifts the light and leaves the heavy.  ~Doménico Cieri Estrada
How long a minute is, depends on which side of the bathroom door you’re on.  ~Zall’s Second Law
The time you think you’re missing, misses you too.  ~Ymber Delecto
Watches are so named as a reminder – if you don’t watch carefully what you do with your time, it will slip away from you.  ~Drew Sirtors
Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst.  ~Willaim Penn
Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.  ~Louis Hector Berlioz
What may be done at any time will be done at no time.  ~Scottish Proverb
Time is money.  ~Benjamin Franklin

1. Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.  ~Dion Boucicault

2. Time is like the wind, it lifts the light and leaves the heavy.  ~Doménico Cieri Estrada

3. How long a minute is, depends on which side of the bathroom door you’re on.  ~Zall’s Second Law

4. The time you think you’re missing, misses you too.  ~Ymber Delecto

5. Watches are so named as a reminder – if you don’t watch carefully what you do with your time, it will slip away from you.  ~Drew Sirtors

6. Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst.  ~Willaim Penn

7. Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.  ~Louis Hector Berlioz

8. What may be done at any time will be done at no time.  ~Scottish Proverb

9. Time is money.  ~Benjamin Franklin (we used this in our tagline… thank you Mr. $100 bill!)

Sold!

Sold!

Everyone is loaded at a Time Auction… might as well get something :).  Bid your volunteering hours for over $7,000 in products and services at the Vancouver Time Auction!

Going once… going twice… go on Thursday, July 9th, 2009!

– David, Co-founder

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Best Ball

May 28, 2009

A couple weeks ago I was invited to attend Youth in Motion’s Annual Golf Tournament.  When I arrived, I was really nervous, because there weren’t many people eating breakfast… meaning they were all out on the range practicing.  Oh, and I’m nervous because I suck at golf 😛

They had good apply juice :)

They had good apple juice.

When I met my foursome, they asked me how many games I’ve played before.  I said “one”.  They said “this year?”  That really boosted my confidence.  These guys get out at least 15 times a summer.  Good thing Marc, who happens to own his own golf course (see how good they are?!) gave each of us a dozen golfballs as a gift.  They’re all very modest though, especially my cart-mate, Bill Charters.  He is cousin to Owen Charters, Executive Director at CanadaHelps.org who has been supportive of the Sola Caritas idea since its early days.

They had two 18-hole courses going at the same time - lots of people supporting the cause!

They had two 18-hole courses going at the same time - lots of people supporting the cause!

Bill confidently steps up to have a swing.

Bill confidently steps up to have a swing.

From left to right: Gary, Bill, Marc.  Incidentally, Gary made the putt... or at least that's how I'll tell the story :P

From left to right: Gary, Bill, Marc. Incidentally, Gary made the putt.

The game format is called Best Ball, which basically means everyone hits from the best shot out of the four.  Imagine if you could do everything like that.  Final exam?  No problem – everyone gets the mark of the top student in the class.  At the job?  No worries – everyone gets paid the same as the top-paid employee.

As comical as that might be, I believe there are certain circumstances that merit a best-ball approach.  For example, when non-profits are looking for best practices, take it from the organization that has done it the best.  When looking for an efficient way to find, record, and verify volunteers, take it from Sola Caritas.  Everyone wins – especially those being helped.  Sola Caritas has consistently tried to emulate the best aspects of other sites to best meet our users’ needs, ’cause hey – we’re not all Tiger Woods!

 

Technology these days... although as Bill eloquently put, "it's great to know how far it is, but at the end of the day, we still just grab a club and whack it."

Technology these days... although as Bill eloquently put, "it's great to know how far it is, but at the end of the day, we still just grab a club and whack it."

 

If you can't see, that's a can of beer.  That's one way besides technology to improve your game.

If you can't see, that's a can of beer. That's one way besides technology to improve your game.

+ Daver Woods, Co-founder (the plus instead of “-” is for how we ended the game… +10…ish)

You-kulele

May 7, 2009

Go ahead, think of Buffett.  What comes to mind?

Cash… sage… Cherry Coke?

Ever thought of him,

As a ukulele bloke?

 

Great as a player, back in the day,

Cooler as a teacher now they say,

Each lower-income girl he helps,

Always listens, sings, and strums her troubles away.

 

Good lord knows he has $40 bill,

Comes second only to, well, Bill;

Even so, he chose not to buy the ukuleles,

And using a fundraiser instead to fulfill.

 

Great he only bought seventeen Ukuleles,

‘Cause he could have bought a million,

Everyone should treasure what they are given,

A lot like a country to its civilians.

 

Go take charge of your own community,

Can’t just hope for shooting stars,

Engage yourself – do it now!

Apprentice from Buffett’s 4-string guitars.

 

Credits:

Poem inspired by the Spoken Poetry at UNITY Charity’s kickoff show.

First letters of each sentence inspired by the strings of a ukulele (except the baritone ones).

Sola Caritas – inspired by you, the people that – like Buffett – are doing things to grow philanthropy, not just harvest it.

You've go the whooole world... in your hands...

You've go the whooole world... in your hands...

– D. S. Wen-lliot, Co-Founder

X-traodinary Feet

April 25, 2009

Communication is key in many things.

For example, today I wanted to execute (what I thought was) a really cool move in soccer.  I was to cut across to the right, and fake a shot.  At which point my teammate would cut across left and since I was supposed to have totally faked out the goal keeper, my teammate would go in for the easy goal.

Long story short, we almost collided.  I jumped to avoid him, landed on the ball, and twisted my ankle.  Oh yes, and I was yelling the aptly named “X-play!” the entire time leading up to the fall.

My highly-stretched point is this.  We all want to do awesome things.  If we can just communicate that properly, magic can happen.  Sola Caritas’s profile page can help people effectively communicate their philanthropic awesomeness to potential employers, schools, and colleagues alike.  

Confucius once said “He who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.”  We’re so happy to see so many people who have created profiles in one short week.  Not only that, we have been greatly inspired by the good they have selflessly done for others!

Keep striving to do and secure good things for your community and for yourselves.  Keep striving for that super cool play.  Let us do the work in helping you record and share your amazing feats.

 

Somethin' like that...

Somethin' like that...

– David Beckham, Co-founder

S to the C is ready!

March 24, 2009

Have you ever slept through the pre-flight announcements on flights?  I have.  I once stayed up all night at the airport watching shows online (’cause I missed the last flight of the night and didn’t want to spend taxi money going home – but that’s another story).  Later, when I got on the plane, I was out like a lightbulb and woke up when we were at the arrival gate.

But maybe, if this guy had been on the flight, I wouldn’t have done that.  A flight attendent at Southwest Airlines (score one for word of mouth marketing) RAPPED the entire pre-flight announcements.  Ya – rap.  You know, when you say things really fast that rhyme and it mesmerizes you so much it’s cool?  Yeah – that!

I think if we all put our lives – whatever it is we do – to a fun beat, things would get done faster, better, and we’d all be happier and more in awe after the fact.  

I hope Sola Caritas can be that rapper in the philanthropy industry.  From our design team to our developers, and from our dream of bein’ social entrepreneurs, let’s shake up what people thought of as boring ol’ givin’, and start helpin’ ’em see that SC’s already livin’.

That’s my attempt at saying – we’re launched for our stage one (volunteering functions) – check us out here!!  www.solacaritas.com.

Peace.

 

MC SC!

MC SC!

– D-dawg, Co-founda