Tweetsgiving is 48-hour event to encourage people to express their gratitude using online tools and at face-to-face meet-ups. This two-day event, scheduled for November 24-26, will also invite people to donate to Epic Change. And there are a lot more ways to participate.
This year they hope to spread gratitude further and raise enough to help build an additional classroom, orphanage/boarding facility, cafeteria and library at Epic Change’s partner school in Tanzania, and to finding and funding future Epic Fellows like the school’s founder, Mama Lucy. Be sure to check out the Twitterkids.
There is also a conversation happening over at Social Edge about listening and amplifying grassroots voices featuring Stacey Monk and Mama Lucy.
The theme of Tweetsgiving is gratitude, playing off the US national holiday of gratitude, Thanksgiving. According to recent research, gratitude is a powerful emotion that encourages positive behavior, the giving and receiving of thanks (and gifts.) It is the belief that one has received good fortune due to some one or event outside one's control. Also, other researchers have found that gratitude can lead to happiness.
Tweetsgiving offers a number of ways to express your gratitude online and offline, including different events around the globe. I'm looking forward to attending the fundraiser in Silicon Valley where there will be fundraising raffle for signed books by these authors:
Other goodies will also be raffled off to raise money for Epic Change at the event.
I have a lot to be grateful for this year, the year our family made a big move across the country and survived! I'm also grateful for all the learning through my work as visiting scholar at the Packard Foundation and for the opportunity to work with Allison Fine as co-author on a book about nonprofits and social media.
What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving season?