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Take a Survey, Help a Monkey


Dear Readers,

Today, I’m asking each of you to do me a huge favor. I know, I shouldn’t necessarily be asking my readers for anymore favors but, in all honesty, it would be a huge help – and mean a lot.

As many of you know, I’m in the process of building a mobile application. Before putting in over 100 hours of work in building the actual app, I’d like to gauge the level of interest for it.  So, if you don’t mind, please take the survey and pass it along to at least 3 friends.

I greatly appreciate your help!

Jeremy

Click here to take survey (or the link above)


Looking for a Co-Founder…Any Takers?


Hi All,

I’m in a bit of a pickle, so I figured I would turn to all of you for a bit of help.

For about the past month I’ve been in the process of developing this idea for Campaignerships.  I’m towards the end of drilling my idea down (which, I guess, is the 1st stage), which should be finished by next week after I have a few phone calls with some pretty cool people in the nonprofit sector.  If you check out one of my older posts, Incentivizing Partnerships, it will give you a quick glimpse as to what I’m working on (although this might slightly change depending on these upcoming calls).

My background is in advocacy work, which I have been doing for 8 years now. I have a firm grasp on the nonprofit sector –  how organizations function, what some of their pitfalls are, how successful nonprofits became successful, etc.  I also have a lot of great friends who have worked in the nonprofit field for years and have graciously shared their input and advice on my ideas.

So, why am I going on a rant about all this?  Well, I need some help.  As some of you might know, I’ve always been the type of person that (oddly) can think better when I’m working with other people. I feel that my ideas flow better when I’m talking about them with other people and I actually get a lot more work down when I’m in a group setting.  I just love collaborating with other people who share the same amount of passion and energy as I have (if you couldn’t tell by now)!

I’m looking for someone – preferably in the Boston-area – to help me get Campaignerships off the ground.  I’d really like to meet someone with an engineering or web development background.  Someone who has tons of energy, compassion, great ideas, and loves the concept of “social good” – which is what Campaignerships focuses on.  Unfortunately, there is no money at this time, however I hope to get some funding in the next 2 months – I just need a product to show potential investors! Oh, and you might even be considered a “co-founder”, which is a cool thing to throw on a business card/resume.

If that sounds at all like you, I’d love to meet you – I’ll pay for a cup of coffee (and maybe a salad…but no sandwich).  Speaking of coffee, I hope you’re willing to hang out at various cafes and bounce ideas off of each other!

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in helping me out, please e-mail me at: jeremy@campaignerships.com. Also, if you could forward this along, I’d greatly appreciate it!

Thanks all!

Jeremy


Long Time, No Blog.


I know, I know.  I stopped blogging right after I wrote about “finding motivation“. Pretty ironic, eh?

To be honest, I’ve been a bit busy!  I started doing some volunteer/”consulting” work for BringChange2Mind, which turned out to be more time consuming than I had anticipated.  Stemming from this great experience, I had the amazing opportunity of  doing some work for the great Glenn Close, her sister, Jessie and nephew, Calen Pick, and accompanying them to San Diego,.  They were asked to open the Society for Neuroscience’s 2010 Conference (you can check out the video of their speech here), so I helped plan all of the logistics for the conference and another event we attended, the International Bipolar Foundation’s “An Evening with Glenn and Jessie Close”.  I met some pretty remarkable people at both events, including Tom Insel, Congressman Patrick Kennedy, and SfN President Mickey Goldberg.

So, why did I decide to come back to work on this blog?  Well, I’ve been sitting around Starbucks, thinking about what my next “venture” should be.  Should I begin creating this start-up company/tech venture I’ve been thinking about?  Maybe I should give in and just work for “Corporate America”…ha, that thought was quickly kicked out of my head – I’d never do that (sorry for those who do, I’m not cut out for it). Ooooh, maybe I can start working as a tour manager! Hmm…

…Aha!  Finally, I realized that while I’m pondering this (potentially big) decision I should start blogging again.  However, this reformed relationship between my blog and I will change a bit.  I won’t be focusing 100% on mental health issues.  I won’t be trying to change your mind and continuously convince you to be open about your mental illness.  Why am I doing this?  Well, because I think I’m preaching to the choir.  If not, let me know in the comments section…

You might be asking yourself: what the hell is he going to write about now?  Funny, I’m asking myself the same question.  I don’t want to set anything in stone because that’s never good.  I could blog about something totally random and you’d all say “what the hell, Jeremy! This is not what you said you’d write about.”  Oh, and I use the term “all” very loosely – there are probably only 5 of you reading this…my family and my girlfriend (hi everyone).

However, I will tell you what I’d like to focus more on.  Here’s that cool little list:

  • Newly formed campaigns and/or non-profits that seem legitimately interesting (like Love Is Louder and MasculinityU)
  • Partnerships that are forming in various fields, but probably focusing on mental health
  • My thoughts on why the mental health field is struggling to end the stigma that they’re all trying to break
  • Cool websites that I find and think you would all enjoy (kinda sorta like PledgeMusic and Jumo)

If you would ever like me to blog about something specific – your website, a new campaign you’re working on/have heard about, an interesting collaborative partnership, etc. – please let me know in the comments section!  I hope to hear from at least 1 person.  I’d love to hear from 2.  And 3 comments would be, well, a self-esteem booster.

Talk to you all soon! Unless, of course, I get sidetracked again….


It’s about time, right?


“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened up for us” ~ Helen Keller

Yea yea, I know.  It’s been a while since I posted last.  My excuse: Things got a little (ha, a little – more like extremely/awesomely) hectic around work, but that has changed.  But, whatever, I should’ve lived by Rule #76: no excuses, play like a champion (for those of you who don’t know that reference, please refere to Wedding Crashers).

Anyways, as of today, I will be devoting much of my time and effort to this blog.  What exactly does that mean?  Well, you’ll most likely be getting un-spammy e-mails about my wonderful posts about 3x/week.  That sounds oh-so much fun, eh?  Hell, I’d like to think so…

Without going into too much detail about the events leading to my thinking, I’d like to leave you all with some thoughts I’ve  had throughout the day today.  I know, life can’t all be summed up by things I’ve learned from one day, but I’m not trying to give you a lesson on life as a whole – merely on how to take things day-by-day.  So, here goes…

Always.  Always….always have a positive outlook on life.  No matter what happens (I mean, unless it was something really terrible) – think of the positives.  So much negativity exists in the world – hunger, hatred, war – why focus on the small negatives in your life, when there are (most likely) an overwhelming number of positive things?  Think about how much your family loves you, the opportunities that come when one door closes and other chapter in your life opens, or even your…dog?  I really don’t care what it is.  As long as it brings a smile to your face, that’s what matters.

So, the next time you get some unfortunate news, throw a positive spin on it.  Yeah, you parted ways with your company, but that’s not the end of the world!  You’ll find plenty of opportunities elsewhere.  Chances are things weren’t working out for you either.  Oh, and remember that fight you were having with your best friend?  Forget it – the past is the past.  Why bother bringing it up just to tick them off.

Whatever has you in a rut, throw a smile on your face.  Remember, it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile.  Yes, that’s scientifically proven.  I just can’t find the proof right now. I’m sure if you Google it, you’ll find it…

That’s all for today folks!  Remember, check back Wednesday.  I’ll be talking about…ummm…a surprise topic.

P.S. – sorry for the random thumbnail from Pursuit of Happyness – I thought the title (and overall theme) was fitting.  That’s about it though.


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