Monday, November 18, 2019

Purposity

This is a very different kind of post. I hope you will read it and give it serious consideration.


Purposity


If you knew a kid down the street had a simple need, say she needed sneakers for school, chances are you’d help, right? But, it’s hard to know the needs of real people in your community because there’s never been a way to connect people who could really use help with people who want to offer it. Enter the app Purposity. Its name comes from combining the words 'purpose + generosity,' and it’s designed to connect the individual needs of people near you in your neighborhood, community or city.


“We live in an age when we can make a doctor’s appointment right from our phone,” said founder Blake Canterbury, adding, “but we have no way of knowing if the family down the street has food on its table or if their children have shoes on their feet.” Purposity looks to bridge that gap locally.


Canterbury believes the app is a new way to invite people to engage with their neighbors, directly meeting their most pressing needs, and ultimately building better, and stronger communities. “We’re creating a movement for good and a completely new model of living, starting at the hyperlocal level. By supporting the systems of well-established nonprofits, engaging neighbors to join us, real change can occur in communities with better long-term solutions for all.”


Purposity is a not-for-profit app that connects the physical needs of people, vetted through established local nonprofits, with locals who want to help through just a few clicks. The app supports the work of local schools and nonprofits, enabling them to quickly and easily meet the needs of their students and clients.


For example, a brother and sister were both falling asleep in class because they were sleeping on the floor. Through Purposity, people gave items priced $15 to $110 to help give the brother and sister duo a place to sleep, providing everything from sheets to the bed themselves. And one of the best parts of Purposity: Once a need is filled, that giving opportunity is closed. It makes people feel like they’ve really accomplished something.


This is how the app works: A donor reads a student’s story and then foots the bill for a requested item. Purposity buys it and mails it to the Education Department, which gets it to the student. Identities and personal information are protected and donations are tax-deductiblePurposity is underwritten by sponsoring businesses so there is no charge for the services and no fees are taken out of a donor’s contribution.


“The app asks you if you want to set a donation goal for the year," Portner said. You can say I want to meet three needs or 12 needs, that’s optional.”
“We know people want to do good, but they don’t know where to start. This app gives you opportunities to do good in the simplest and easiest way possible in your community. And you can really make an impact with small donation amounts,” Canterbury said. He and his team at Purposity already have proved the concept: They launched Purposity as a web-based platform in targeted cities and communities, including Atlanta, Denver and Nashville over the past two years. 


People who opt in receive a weekly text message with a link that takes them to a current need in their community. They can choose to meet that need in under two minutes from their phone. The app aims to streamline this process, allowing users to make an impact even faster.


The app has also attracted the attention of local public schools – and has been able to help meet over 8,000 needs nationally, including, among others, Atlanta, Denver and Honolulu. 


“This app is a place for people to know where to start to do good, to feel like they can make meaningful differences,” said Canterbury. “We’re excited where this could lead. It opens up so many possibilities. Every kid should have food on their table, clothes on their back. Purposity gives people a way to help solve huge, long-term issues simply by starting in their own communities.”


Purposity is available in both Apple and Android apps.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

korean autumn




cherry tree leaves
gingko tree leaves
Gyeongju, South Korea

photos: (c) bruce behnke 2019

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

on Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birthday


Here are some of Mahatma Gandhi's quotes that reverberate in my mind:

A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes." 


‘When you are right, you have no need to be angry. When you are wrong, you have no right to be angry.’

‘A No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.’ 

‘Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.’ 

‘It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone.’

'My life is my message.'


photo: bruce behnke

Monday, September 23, 2019

happy mid-autumn festival






Today is the autumnal equinox.  In China and Taiwan this past week has seen celebrations of the mid-autumn festival, but the autumnal equinox has been commemorated for centuries.

Chinese poet Li Bai (李白) (701-762) wrote this thirteen hundred years ago:


Quiet Night Thoughts (靜夜思)

床前明月光。 Before my bed there is bright moonlight,
疑是地上霜。 So that it seems like frost on the ground:
舉頭望明月。 Lifting my head I watch the bright moon,
低頭思故鄉。 Lowering my head I dream that I’m home.


photo: bruce behnke
poem translation: arthur cooper

Saturday, September 14, 2019

the great American west







flying over the great American west never fails to remind me how beautiful and how immense our country is.  this wildness needs to be protected and preserved, not exploited and destroyed as some in Washington would like.


photos: bruce behnke


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

point lobos walk















Point Lobos, California

(c) 2019 Bruce Behnke



Friday, August 16, 2019

the situation warrants repeating this...



a glimpse of Greenland...


Taking crazy things seriously is—a serious waste of time.  

~Haruki Murakami in Kafka on the Shore

photo: Bruce Behnke, (c) 2014
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