Imagine you’re moving to a new place, but there’s a catch: When you do, you will randomly be assigned to a new income class. Would you still move? If not, that place fails the Rawls Test. I’m testing out that idea in the most unequal place in America. Check out the Tumblr.
I pledged to run a marathon before the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, which is April 15, 2014. If you want to join in, check out this CNN iReport page.
All you have to do for now is take a photo of your running shoes (like this one) and upload it to that page or to Instagram with the hashtags #runforboston #ireport. Thanks!
Had dinner here after the SXSW talk.
Weirdest thing on the menu: avocado margaritas. Tried it. No thanks.
That was the overly bold title of our panel discussion at SXSW. I posted some details about the talk and links to projects we discussed on G+. Big thanks to Amanda Kloer (Change.org), Jon Hutson (Enough Project) and Ben Montgomery (Tamba Bay Times) for joining me on the panel. Smart folks.
Sounds like an oxymoron. But an AP journalist gave a fascinating talk about the small ways technology is showing up in North Korea, especially for foreigners.
Follow David Guttenfelder and Jean Lee on Instagram.
Still great. Walked across in the rain.
Check out my new project. It lives on this Tumblr page:
The goal is to help start a conversation that could lead to social change the places where it’s needed most. Right now we’re trying to help bump Hawaii off the bottom of the list for voter turnout.
I took part in Ben Montgomery’s Thoreau Experiment a couple weeks ago. Inspired by a Thoreau essay on walking, Ben walked everywhere for a week, in Florida, in the summer. I tried it for a day, walking to work in downtown Atlanta. It was such a cool experience, one that made me feel connected to my city in a whole new way. Here’s one pic from the morning walk.
I was lucky enough to be on a panel yesterday at the CNN iReport Awards, talking about storytelling. The experience reminded me of the many reasons I love-love the work iReporters do.
Here are two examples:
These messages of hope for escaped slaves in Mauritania reaffirmed my belief that stories do have the power to create change and to move people in a way that is meaningful and important. Thanks to everyone who sent in these messages. It was so humbling and inspiring to watch them come in:
And here’s “Walk in Our Shoes” project, which shows the power of collective storytelling. The group is stronger than its parts. Love all of these submissions, and I got to meet a couple of the submitters this weekend, which was awesome.