- I shouldn't fear sounding ignorant. I should focus on what I know and proceed with confidence and faith in myself.
- I shouldn't be afraid to ask for help. Instead, I should have faith that people will step up when I make my request honestly and from the heart.
- Fear of failure demonstrates itself as pessimism while faith sparks optimism.
- Fear of being just one person discounts the power one can have if they put faith in the power of many.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Hello Team11 member! Thank you for being willing to be one of my 11 people for the “Eleventh Hour Challenge”. The information you will need is contained in the website at the bottom of this text. I really appreciate you accepting this challenge to 1) donate food locally, 2) donate food globally by playing for Team11 (there is no space between “Team” and “11”) at freerice.com, and 3) recruiting 11 other people to do steps 1 through 3 (including getting 11 new people on board).
As we want to make this as successful as possible, let’s try and avoid the “chain letter” feel that this could easily take causing participation to drop. If you would, please consider calling and talking to your 11 recruits in person, before you pass along this information and website. Hopefully that will make this more personal and we’ll get a better response.
Top 11 TIPS:
1) Please feel free to recruit more than 11 people. If you recruit more than 11, we’ll have a better chance of growing our numbers and helping more people in need here and abroad.
2) Make it sound fun and easy—because it is!
3) Appeal to their good will—this really can make a difference locally and globally.
4) Acknowledge that trying to recruit 11 people is not always a comfortable thing for people to do, but when asked in person, most of us are willing to help out our friends. So appeal to them on this level by recognizing it might be uncomfortable but you hope they still do it because people can and will step up.
5) Think about people you know who would be most likely to help you out and participate in this worthy cause.
6) Create a “buzz” on your social networks by talking about it. Better yet, post pictures of you playing free rice, your non-perishable foods, and/or the place where you made your food donation. Upload your photos to the Team11 Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-11/309664979050482 or the blog donation record site: http://tinyurl.com/3zfsh2s and share that on your networks.
7) Continue the conversation when you’ve made your donations. Go to the Facebook page or the donation blog to record your donations in some manner (pounds, number of items, it doesn’t have to be dollar amount, but listing at least the WHERE you donated, helps others see that donations are being made all across the country—maybe even the world.)
8) Think of other ways to get the word out and to challenge organizations to take part (businesses, places of worship, service organizations, schools, etc.)
9) Have fun with the theme of 11. You’ll see a lot of the challenge encourages 11s (11 people, 11 minutes, 11 pounds, 1100 grains of rice, etc.) This is only a recommendation. Of course you can do much more in order to benefit more people.
10) Send out a reminder before 11-11-11 (November 11, 2011). Remind people that even if 11-11-11 has passed, we want this to keep going and keep growing—so don’t let the date stop you.
11) To make passing on the information easier, consider saving this document and then sending it on as an attachment to your recruits. (I’ve been told the file format “rtf” is most the easily read by the most types of computers.)
Here is the website for the Eleventh Hour Challenge with other information you might need. http://tinyurl.com/3dcdutb
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
*1 out of 7 people tonight will go to bed hungry
* 1 out of every 4 children in developing countries are underweight
* Every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger
There are steps we can take to try and make a difference in changing those statistics. However, for millions of lives, we are running out of time, we are in the eleventh hour. Therefore, the eleventh day, of the eleventh month of 2011 (11-11-11) is being designated to combat local and global hunger through what I’m calling my “Eleventh Hour Challenge.” Although that day is the official inspiration for the challenge, actions can be taken before, on and even after that day. This call to action incorporates new and old technologies - new and old ways of working together to help address hunger. Three specific actions are requested of you:
1) Donate non-perishable food items to your local food shelf and report your donation to the Team11 blog site. Any amount is appreciated, however my Eleventh hour recommended donation would be, of course, 11 items, $11 or 11 pounds :)
2) Donate rice for the United Nation’s World Food Program by playing for TEAM11 at Freerice.com (directions can be found below). Play for 11 minutes or to a minimum of 1100 or 11,000 grains of donated rice. (This is actually much easier than it sounds.)
3) Recruit 11 other people to repeat steps 1-3. Start recruiting people now and let's get this ball rolling (and keep it rolling)! To clarify: Each person is being challenged to do all three steps, which means that each person recruits at least 11 people. You completing step 3 (recruiting 11 people, who recruit 11 people, etc.) can have a larger ripple effect than you can imagine. Let's do the math: We start with 1 person recruiting 11, but if they recruit 11 then we are at 133 people (the originator, the first 11, and each of their 11). But if those new 11 recruit 11 new people we end up at 1464. So don't be scared to ask. The power of networking is limitless but only if we do all three steps including asking 11 people to help us out and in turn do the same. As those numbers grow, we are making a bigger difference by helping out more communities and more individuals in need.
Special note: Although ideally we want people playing on 11-11-2011, we want as many people playing as possible. So please start your recruiting as soon as you can. Team11 is already set up at freerice.com so you can get a jump start on donating too. However, if you were recruited on or after 11-11-2011, it's not too late. Participate anyway and let's keep this going and continue to make a change.
DIRECTIONS FOR HOW TO PLAY FOR TEAM11 at Freerice.com:
A. Go to www.freerice.com (or click here).
B. Create a username and password for your individual account (but play for our Eleventh hour group—keep reading below to learn how).
C. Once you have your username and password, go to “GROUPS” at the top of the free rice page. (PS if you already have a Freerice username/password you may use that but make sure to do the rest of the steps below to get counted as part of our group)
D. Under the group tab, search for “Team11” (no space between team and 11)
E. Click on Team11 when you find it.
F. From within that group hit “Play.” (MAKE SURE "Team11" displays above the wooden rice bowl. If not, you might not actually be in the Team11 group setting--so try the search again. There are a few glitches and it might kick you out every once in awhile depending on how many people are playing around the world, so keep your eye on that "Team11" label which is again viewable if you look just above the box with the wooden rice bowl.)
G. Select any of the categories and start answering the multiple-choice questions. Each correct answer adds 10 grains of rice to your total and TEAM11 total. This is why it is important to play through that group.
H. You can change question categories or reset levels if the questions get too hard. Just make sure you are still playing for Team11.
I. Recommendation: Play for at least 11 minutes, until you’ve reached 1100 grains of rice. However, you are strongly encouraged to do much more if you can. Make it fun--for example, challenge a friend to friendly competition—the one who earns the most has to buy you lunch.
· If you work with students, give extra credit to those who earn 1100 grains of rice or more that day or hold a school food drive that day and don’t forget to report your results at http://serviceforclc.blogspot.com/2011/10/eleventh-hour-team11-donation-record.html
· If you work at a business where this would be appropriate, designate 11 minutes for your workers to play Freerice.com for Team11. Or have one computer set up with a username/password for Team11 at freerice.com and have an 11 hour marathon at that computer to see how high your company’s/school’s tally can go
· Create your own Team11 event and post your event details/results/photos to the Eleventh Hour blog post at http://tinyurl.com/3dcdutb or the Team11 Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-11/309664979050482
· Tag your social media events with both of the following hashtags:
· Find out more about the fight against global hunger by visiting