Social Media ABC’s: An International Opportunity

abcsJune 23, 2009 Changeblogger and informal learning pro Jasmin Tragas, (also one of my fellow NextNow Collaboratory global gal pals and co-contributors to the Age of Conversation Gavin Heaton and Drew McClellan’s collaborative social media project for Variety, the Children’s charity) has put together a stunningly simple alphabet slide show that’s Sesame-Street-easy in imparting the A,B,Cs of social media! (after the jump)

Jasmin’s blog, WonderWebby is chock full of FREE tips, ideas, and compelling ways of distilling information into fun but meaningful formats to champion change. Her Shout Out Social, her WorldShapers book (which I was honored to be in) and her simplified media nuggets about Trust Banks and microloans put knowledge into ‘common sense’ terms non-digital natives can understand! Brava!

She keeps giving away all her knowledge for free, which I’m amazed she’s not ‘selling’ in “Change the world one e-book at a time” mode to fundraise for her noble Opportunity International microfinancing projects to help women and children lift themselves out of poverty. Jasmin is in the FINAL WEEK of her microloan quest in the Philippines..and she’s at about 60%, so she’s asking us to ‘Tweet’ and/or  ‘ChipIn.’

worldshapers-logoJasmin’s helpful tips rank right up there with my favorite Common Craft “in plain English” videos and Slideshare presentations like Amy Sample Ward’s “” explaining why nonprofits should Tweet.

So Jasmin will be my first ‘chirp’ under the @ShapingYouth name, as I’ve been reticent to engage due to overload, and looking for interns to manage the ‘tweets’…

You can also help her by voting for either of her presentations, A-Z  (below) or this one in the ‘Vote for a Love Story’ Slideshare and Fuze contest for $5K which she’s entering in the hopes of donating funds to the effort if she wins…

I’m going to try my own social media experiment and see if I can leverage our Age of Conversation authors’ social media prowess to send a whole lotta link love their way so they’ll see this story and help her out too! (Testing one, two, three!)

This is akin to Beth Kanter’s recent experiment to build a Facebook ‘fan’ page to see what happens in “Field of Dreams” mode (“if you build it they will come!) For someone who has given so much to so many for FREE can you social media gurus help out Jasmin to “make it happen in the final week” in America’s Giving Challenge leader board style as we all did here with Beth Kanter?

Jasmin only has a week left to hit her goal so lend a social media lift if you would…There. I’ve now:




So hope you’ll do the same!

Alphabet Stories

Here’s more about Jasmin Tragas’ work with Opportunity International to ‘tweet up a storm!’

Good luck, Jasmin, I’ll be watching your supporters, and use this as a case study to ‘Retweet’ too! (Just in case you want to read more or write a blog post, she’s put together a list of resources to help out!)

aoc2Calling All Age of Conversation Authors, WorldShapers and Social Media Gurus:

Time to help “one of our own”…

Jasmin Tragas of WonderWebby in Australia has one week left to show the world how social media and social change go hand in hand!

(I still want to interview AOC editors Gavin and Drew about the collaborative project ‘best practices’ wrangling global authors, too!)

So c’mon Age of Conversation Collaborators: Join with our own Servant of Chaos Head Honcho, Gavin Heaton in using your ‘Tweetfluence’ and clout for Jasmin…

Age of Conversation Book Two  Authors

Adrian Ho, Aki Spicer, Alex Henault, Amy Jussel, Andrew Odom, Andy Nulman, Andy Sernovitz, Andy Whitlock, Angela Maiers, Ann Handley, Anna Farmery, Armando Alves, Arun Rajagopal, Asi Sharabi, Becky Carroll, Becky McCray, Bernie Scheffler, Bill Gammell, Bob LeDrew, Brad Shorr, Brandon Murphy, Branislav Peric, Brent Dixon, Brett Macfarlane, Brian Reich, C.C. Chapman, Cam Beck, Casper Willer, Cathleen Rittereiser, Cathryn Hrudicka, Cedric Giorgi, Charles Sipe, Chris Kieff, Chris Cree, Chris Wilson, Christina Kerley (CK), C.B. Whittemore, Chris Brown, Connie Bensen, Connie Reece, Corentin Monot, Craig Wilson, Daniel Honigman, Dan Schawbel, Dan Sitter, Daria Radota Rasmussen, Darren Herman, Dave Davison, David Armano, David Berkowitz, David Koopmans, David Meerman Scott, David Petherick, David Reich, David Weinfeld, David Zinger, Deanna Gernert, Deborah Brown, Dennis Price, Derrick Kwa, Dino Demopoulos, Doug Haslam, Doug Meacham, Doug Mitchell, Douglas Hanna, Douglas Karr, Drew McLellan, Duane Brown, Dustin Jacobsen, Dylan Viner, Ed Brenegar, Ed Cotton, Efrain Mendicuti, Ellen Weber, Eric Peterson, Eric Nehrlich, Ernie Mosteller, Faris Yakob, Fernanda Romano, Francis Anderson, Gareth Kay, Gary Cohen, Gaurav Mishra, Gavin Heaton, Geert Desager, George Jenkins, G.L. Hoffman, Gianandrea Facchini, Gordon Whitehead, Greg Verdino, Gretel Going & Kathryn Fleming, Hillel Cooperman, Hugh Weber, J. Erik Potter, James Gordon-Macintosh, Jamey Shiels, Jasmin Tragas, Jason Oke, Jay Ehret, Jeanne Dininni, Jeff De Cagna, Jeff Gwynne & Todd Cabral, Jeff Noble, Jeff Wallace, Jennifer Warwick, Jenny Meade, Jeremy Fuksa, Jeremy Heilpern, Jeroen Verkroost, Jessica Hagy, Joanna Young, Joe Pulizzi, John Herrington, John Moore, John Rosen, John Todor, Jon Burg, Jon Swanson, Jonathan Trenn, Jordan Behan, Julie Fleischer, Justin Foster, Karl Turley, Kate Trgovac, Katie Chatfield, Katie Konrath, Kenny Lauer, Keri Willenborg, Kevin Jessop, Kristin Gorski, Lewis Green, Lois Kelly, Lori Magno, Louise Manning, Luc Debaisieux, Mario Vellandi, Mark Blair, Mark Earls, Mark Goren, Mark Hancock, Mark Lewis, Mark McGuinness, Matt Dickman, Matt J. McDonald, Matt Moore, Michael Karnjanaprakorn, Michelle Lamar, Mike Arauz, Mike McAllen, Mike Sansone, Mitch Joel, Neil Perkin, Nettie Hartsock, Nick Rice, Oleksandr Skorokhod, Ozgur Alaz, Paul Chaney, Paul Hebert, Paul Isakson, Paul McEnany, Paul Tedesco, Paul Williams, Pet Campbell, Pete Deutschman, Peter Corbett, Phil Gerbyshak, Phil Lewis, Phil Soden, Piet Wulleman, Rachel Steiner, Sreeraj Menon, Reginald Adkins, Richard Huntington, Rishi Desai, Robert Hruzek, Roberta Rosenberg, Robyn McMaster, Roger von Oech, Rohit Bhargava, Ron Shevlin, Ryan Barrett, Ryan Karpeles, Ryan Rasmussen, Sam Huleatt, Sandy Renshaw, Scott Goodson, Scott Monty, Scott Townsend, Scott White, Sean Howard, Sean Scott, Seni Thomas, Seth Gaffney, Shama Hyder, Sheila Scarborough, Sheryl Steadman, Simon Payn, Sonia Simone, Spike Jones, Stanley Johnson, Stephen Collins, Stephen Landau, Stephen Smith, Steve Bannister, Steve Hardy, Steve Portigal, Steve Roesler, Steven Verbruggen, Steve Woodruff, Sue Edworthy, Susan Bird, Susan Gunelius, Susan Heywood, Tammy Lenski, Terrell Meek, Thomas Clifford, Thomas Knoll, Tim Brunelle, Tim Connor, Tim Jackson, Tim Mannveille, Tim Tyler, Timothy Johnson, Tinu Abayomi-Paul, Toby Bloomberg, Todd Andrlik, Troy Rutter, Troy Worman, Uwe Hook, Valeria Maltoni, Vandana Ahuja, Vanessa DiMauro, Veronique Rabuteau, Wayne Buckhanan, William Azaroff, Yves Van Landeghem



  1. Brian Reich just posted a good article about nonprofit cause-marketing via Facebook and such…I’m not even attempting same, but it’s interesting given Jasmin’s energy put forth doing everything from greeting cards to ‘buy me a drink’ notions ($4) etc. and it all makes me wonder if social media has ‘giver’ fatigue…

    On the flip side, I just sent out a ‘my cause’ FB routing for Women’s Sports Foundation to support Title IX (37th anniv. yesterday) and already ‘recruited’ many to the group…which of course was not an ‘ask’ but more of an awareness building vehicle to remind all folks with girls that we should never take for granted the access we have now…

    Anyway, interesting read written by Brian author of Media Rules and all around great guy. Here ’tis:

  2. Hi Amy and – WOW
    Thanks so much. “show the world how social media and social change go hand in hand! ” I hope so!

    I’m so grateful for the AU$5,700 that has been raised. Someone in Calcutta even donated $3. How amazing.

    And your comment raises an interesting point too. I guess I have chosen specifically to use creative online fundraisers because it’s something I enjoy. Creating a Redbubble account to raise funds for cards (while not hugely successful) was easy enough because I already had photos on Flickr. I really enjoyed coordinating the eBook with women including yourself and it’s such a pleasure to give it away for free. If I didn’t enjoy these creative, social online activities it would be hard work. But it’s not, because each person, each idea shared, and each project has been fun and another part of the journey.

    So glad to have met you along the way Amy!
    Cheers 🙂

  3. And you as well, Jasmin…”Attitude is everything, pick a good one.” dons my fridge magnet, and you exemplify both. Tenacity and passionista positivity…I like thinking of it all as part of the journey, as Shaping Youth has certainly been indicative of same. Looking forward to many more collaborations ahead! –Amy

  4. Hey, have you seen this news article?
    New details about Michael Jackson’s Death Emerge
    I was wondering if you were going to blog about this…

  5. Not sure yet…Seems the MJ & Farrah factor have been getting plenty of coverage as is…so not sure I need to ‘go there.’ 😉

  6. All: Jasmin has just wrapped up her quest with the following gracious note to contributors…thrilled to see some angels came in via the 11th hour for her w/matching funds, but still am curious about the process of fundraising in general, being that S.Y. is self-funded and haven’t had a blip of a donation on the sidebar or anywhere else…

    Granted, I’ve never “asked” but Jasmin has put her heart full tilt into this Opportunity International project and it seems it’s hard to squeak out the coins these days…Are times really that tight? (says the unfunded media maven with a smirk) 😉 Anyway, here’s her note, and you can always ‘chip-in’ after the fact to look at the good deeds being done on a global scale.

    I plan to nominate her for the “Women Worthy of Support” for next year if she’ll accept. (so Jasmin, if you’re reading this, heads up!) 🙂

    From Jasmin Tragas:

    “I just want to say a HUGE THANKS for your donations towards a Trust Group in the Philippines through

    In a couple of hours I will be forwarding the raised funds to Opportunity Australia. A total of AU$7072 has been raised towards a 2 year $10,000 program which includes a series of small business loans and training for up to 30 Filipinos currently living in poverty (mostly women.)

    This is a life changing program and your gift is really appreciated. I have spoken to Opportunity Australia and they will find a $3,000 ‘match’ from public donations to create the Filipino Trust Group.

    Around September I expect to get a report which will provide some details of the women and the businesses they have started – which I will share with you. In addition I hear that a couple of amazing businesswomen are looking to fund another Filipino Trust Group later in the year on their own. How exciting!

    I’m so glad you chose to be part of this. You all made a difference together. If your postal address has changed since your donation please let me know, as Opportunity Australia will be sending you an official receipt. I will keep the current Chipin open for the remainder of the year and any further donations will also be forwarded onto Opportunity at regular intervals.


    Kind Regards


    Jasmin Tragas
    communicate – create -connect
    Thank you for supporting Opportunity International

    .-= Amy Jussel´s last blog ..Hey Kids: Is There A Market for Healthy Games? =-.

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