A front row seat for the social media revolution.

The social media revolution has had one constant: the breathtaking shift in power from institutions to people. I have spent the last decade chronicling the ways that individuals can matter more now than at any time in human history. However, we need organizations to work with us not at us to fully realize our potential. I call this intersection Matterness. I look forward to chronicling here on my blog, and in my books and speeches, the ways that we are living and working together to create a more prosperous, equitable and just society here on my blog, in books and speeches.
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Why the NFL Needs to Be Different Not Just Do Different
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ALS’ Happy Problem
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Return of the Thought Police
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The NFL: Followship Not Leadership
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What Makes the Ice Bucket Challenge Go
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Hashtag Activism #Fail
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A Civility Pledge
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Online Harassment

Why the NFL Needs to Be Different Not Just Do Different

Here is an op-ed I wrote for the Chronicle of Philanthropy as part of their Rethink Pink series. October 14, 2014 Against the NFL’s ‘Limousine Philanthropy’ By Allison Fine On September 27, Roger Goodell stepped from his limousine to spend three hours visiting the offices of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The stories he heard[...]

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ALS’ Happy Problem

What would you do with an extra $100 million? That’s the happy problem facing the ALS Association after this summer’s mega-viral ice bucket challenge. According to the ALS, the Challenge raised over $100 million from over 3 million people. Compared to $2.3 million last summer. One of the first thing the organization did was let[...]

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Return of the Thought Police

In 1984, George Orwell introduced the Thought Police, the omnipresent, omniscient surveillance force that arrested and re-programmed people having heretical thoughts. We are living in a society that is coming dangerously close to Orwell’s dystopian vision. We live in a surveillance state where nearly every utterance  and act is being captured digitally. What is different[...]

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The NFL: Followship Not Leadership

Yesterday, Ray Rice was expelled from the NFL for hitting his wife. Of course, we have known this for seven months. We didn’t learn anything new yesterday, but we saw it for the first time. And that changed everything. Unfortunately. What yesterday’s reaction from the Ravens and the NFL did most of all was highlight[...]

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What Makes the Ice Bucket Challenge Go

In the midst of a dreary summer of war and disease, the Ice Bucket Challenge has popped out as an opportunity to have fun and support a cause collectively. The essence of the challenge is that people post videos of themselves pouring buckets of ice water over their head and challenge three other people to[...]

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Hashtag Activism #Fail

There has been a lot of talk this year about #hashtag activism. Campaigns have included #yesallwoman in response to the dreadful shooting by a misogynist shooter, Eliot Rodgers, in Isla Vista, CA. There was #cancelcolbert in response to a racist joke by comedian Stephen Colbert. Perhaps the most visible campaign is #bringbackourgirls in response to[...]

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A Civility Pledge

I’ve been thinking and talking to folks like Henry Timms of the 92nd Street Y and Andrea Weckerle about the need for a new civility online. The Libertarian ideals around which the Web was built are no longer sufficient for the level of civility we need to ensure the civility of our online commons. Matterness[...]

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Online Harassment

I had two very interesting conversations yesterday with experts in the field of online harassment, Allyson Kapin of Rad Campaign and Andrea Weckerle of CiviliNation. Allyson posted this inforgraphic about the rate of harassment between men and women online: There is a lot more to the infographic of the results from a survey of over[...]

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