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A Perspectives Proposal

December 23, 2011

Each year around the holiday time EWB initiates an annual holiday ‘Perspectives’ campaign that is a mixture of fundraising, outreach and awareness. People such as myself share our perspectives on why EWB’s work is important, and in turn ask for contributions to help us deliver on it. You can view my contribution here:

I’m confessing right now that my participation this year has been mediocre at best. I wrote up my perspective, but have been less active on the sharing of it and recruitment of contributions for it. This is in no small part due to the fact that over the last 8 months, I have let this blog, which many of my friends and family seem to enjoy, fall significantly to the wayside. I feel like I haven’t held up my end of the bargain. Despite my enjoyment of writing, and knowledge of the value others find in it, I have de-prioritized this activity over other seemingly more pressing matters that grab my attention. Your on-going support means the world to me, but yet, I don’t manage to keep up with something that we all enjoy.

I’d been mulling this over for some time trying to figure out the best way to proceed (beg forgiveness? Make promises to improve that I may or may not keep? Justify and defend my choices that I put above blogging?) And then it hit me – I need motivation and accountability to write, you seem to need blog posts – isn’t there a way to combine these things into something extraordinary?
After a bit more thought, here’s my proposal… I think it has the potential I think to be win-win for everyone involved.

For every donation that I receive on or before January 6, 2010, (of any value) to my perspective campaign, I hereby commit to write a blog post at some point in the coming year, sharing my perspective on a topic of your choice.

For all of you out there – support a great cause, and get to hear more about what’s going on in my world. For me – a tangible reason why it makes sense not to de- prioritize blogging over other activities and a fountain of ideas of which to write about.
Not too bad, eh?

Of course I have to throw in some Terms and Conditions
i. The topic has to be somehow related to my work, life, or experiences in Malawi – that’s what the blog’s all about (e.g. no perspectives on ancient roman history)
ii. Each person is allowed one donation and one corresponding perspective request
iii. This deal is retroactive for this year only, so those who have already donated can let me know what they’d like me to share my perspective on.
iv. I’m given full artistic license to take your perspective request and run with it in whichever direction I so choose.
v. Time sensitive requests will be taken into consideration, but can’t be promised to be delivered on (written within a year is the best I can do)

All you have to do to participate is go to the website above, and make a donation, then let me know what you’d like me to write about – either in the comments section of the donation page, in response to this post or by personal email. Simple.

Ok, that’s the deal. What do you think? Who’s in?

ps if you don’t care about hearing about what’s going on in my world, and want to just donate to a good cause, you’re most welcome to do that as well.

pps wishing you all a very merry Christmas, happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous new year from the warm heart of Africa 🙂

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 18, 2016 2:22 pm

    An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a coworker who has been doing a little research on this.

    And he actually bought me breakfast because I found it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanks for spending the time to discuss
    this issue here on your website.

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