There has been a lot of terrible, tragic, and horrific acts this month. It’s absolutely unfathomable the pain these acts of caused for those directly involved, or how it may effect our world in the new year. It’s senseless, it’s scary, and it just sucks.
Which is why I need to tell everyone this year about the Project For Awesome. This now annual YouTube community event was started by John Green (previously cited as my favorite author ever), and his brother Hank Green. To put it simply, Project For Awesome started back in 2007 and works on making YouTube (and the internet) focused for 48 hours on good acts.
Project For Awesome (click to visit the website) asks people around the world to focus not on the world-suck, and the tragic acts that have taken place this year, but on creating some awesome for the world today and for the next year.
This is not like your typical charity drive. Instead, you can participate in the project in a ton of different ways:
1.) Comment on every ‘Project For Awesome’ video (excluding the live stream). For every comment John Green will be donating 1 penny to the ‘Foundation To Decrease World Suck’ (oh yeah, that is totally what this charity is called.)
2.) Submit a video for YOUR favorite non-profit. The community then votes on which charities/non-profit groups (divided into different categories) should receive a portion of the total donations.
3.) Obviously donate some cash. This year, there have been some really cool perks you can purchase through Indigogo as well. Like, look at this T-shirt I purchased through my donation. HOW. COOL. IS. THIS.
In all seriousness, for the next couple of hours I would totally encourage you all to get involved for a few minutes (or hours) in this project. Even if you are just watching videos, subscribing to random youtubers who are looking to do good, and watching the hilarious antics of the live stream.. It’s worth it.
Because it reminds us that in a world of seemingly endless world suck, there are a group of genuine and loving people. While the Green brothers may inspire us all to act, the fact that a large internet community has made this project soar speaks endless praise for what humanity can be capable of.
God bless, and DFTBA this holiday season.