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Q+A w/Jay Jaboneta: Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation

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This bright and playful logo captures the spirit of both YBHF's young leader and the organization's happy "clients."

This bright and playful logo captures the spirit of both YBHF’s co-founder and the organization’s young “clients.” No more swimming upstream for these eager students.

Can you imagine your young child swimming to school? It’s mind boggling, right? Yet until Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation came along, children living in a number of remote Philippine villages relied on the power of their arms and legs to carry them away from their homes and into their waterside classrooms. As shocked as you are reading this now, equally so back in 2010, was a young Filipino by the name of Jay Jaboneta. Armed with a natural inclination toward good citizenship, and a penchant for social networking, Jaboneta was poised to take action.

After learning about this unconventional school transportation, Jaboneta began posting on Facebook. His vocalization on social media led to Zamboanga Funds for Little Kids in 2010. In the four years since founding the Yellow Boat Project, the organization has provided 511 “school boats”—300 of those for Typhoon Haiyan families. Along the way, he’s culled a dedicated team of volunteers (and an impressive number of donors), and laid the foundation for building schools and classrooms (and distributing school supplies); delivering medical and dental care; creating scholarship and livelihood programs; and currently, the construction of dormitories and bridges.

Filipino philanthropist, social activist and all-around soulful human being, Jay Jaboneta.

Filipino philanthropist, social activist and all-around soulful human being, Jay Jaboneta, Co-Founder & Chief Storyteller, Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation

My first introduction to this accidental philanthropist came during Social Good Summit 2013 (aka #2030NOW), where he shared his story of how social media—and the power of one—can shake up the world. (Leave a comment and I’ll dig up the event’s live streaming link.) I encourage you to read this in-depth Q+A, and to follow up with a visit to YBHF’s Facebook page, where you’ll find an abundance of inspiring posts and photos. You can also learn more about Mr. Jaboneta here, and tune in live to tomorrow’s Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations, where he’s punctuating the day’s messaging as closing keynote speaker.

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Giving Tuesday: Think Globally, Act Locally

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JUST IN from the #GivingTuesday team: Game Day details. Click the icon to find out how you can show your support for the next 24+ hours. It’s not too late.

Get into the GIVING spirit and spend your time and money where it has the power to transform your community, and maybe even the world.

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Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday… by now you’re likely familiar with these trending—and trendy—designated holiday shopping days. Lesser known, is Giving Tuesday, a philanthropic spin on conspicuous consumption. The initiative is picking up steam as we close in on this year’s day of giving, Tuesday, December 3. I enjoyed reading, earlier today, that Bill Gates posted about this on his LinkedIn page; big names behind causes typically result in people paying attention. Which, they seem to be doing.

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Type #GivingTuesday into your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr search bars and you’ll be rewarded with all kinds of details, including what others are doing to show their support.  Continue reading

Blog talk: On the Lineup

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I can’t be the only after-hours blogger longing for an extra six hours each day, hands that type as fast as I think, or a magic pill to spin less articulate thoughts into compelling copy… getting it right—and done on time—as a blogger is a daily challenge. But when I finally get a post up, and see that actual people are reading the words that I have labored over, it’s like eating a heaping, grandma-made bowl of pasta and meatballs after a long day of inconsequential noshes—sheer satisfaction.

And now that I finally got my latest post up on womenonbusiness.com, and passed along a few deliverable to clients, I am ready to dive into at least one of my upcoming posts. For starters, I have on the editorial lineup, a Q+A with Jay Jaboneta, founder of Yellow Boat of Hope, and a conversation with Val Haller, founder of music website Valslist.com and the writer behind “Music Match”. She’s got a new app coming out that is sure to be a hit on the holiday gift-giving list—from kids to parents.

Also coming up is a trio of culinary spotlights: Yellow Springs Farm (crazy good artisinal cheese maker), Wyebrook Farm, purveyors of organic beef, pork, chicken and eggs, and Boxcar Brewing Company (hopefully onsite tours of each)—all new food and drink resources discovered at Heritage Farm Fare a few weeks ago.

And, my Mighty Writers mentee is slated to deliver a guest post on our field trip to The Free Library of Philadelphia to see, listen to and get our jam on with author James McBride and his band. One of the coolest book reading/signing events that I’ve been to, I thought it would be neat to hear what a 15-year-old took away (aside from her first-ever autographed hardcover!).

Somewhere in here I plan to squeeze in a follow up to all the tweeting and posting, and most importantly, listening, I participated in during Social Good Summit 2013 in NYC. I’ve been wrestling with a few ways to tackle the endless possible angles, hence the delay. However, I am still on the #2030NOW high, and feel a sense of duty to help keep the mojo flowing and turn people onto this amazingly optimistic and powered up initiative.

And finally, I just learned that my good friend, Research Specialist at Monell Chemical Senses Center, musician and philosopher, has launched an online video talk show “Meeting of the Minds with Christopher Maute”. I am just getting up to speed on this, but after listening to him explain the central themes discussed on the air, I am curious to tune in. And, hopefully you will too—to these posts and others, as I continue to grow read.eat.DEW.write and keep up with all the interesting (and occasionally frustrating) happenings in the world.

Thanks for listening. Er, reading.