Poverty

(Image from utopiacere’s Flickr)

It’s Blog Action Day and the subject that I’m posting about this year is Poverty.

So, how can information architects help fight poverty?

Honestly, I have no fucking idea.

But how can you help the fight against poverty, as a person?

Make it personal.

You don’t always have to donate cash to big organizations where you have no idea where your money is going. You can do better than drop 10 cent coins at fast-food outlet or beggars on the street.

You can stop keeping your distance.

If you want to truly make a difference, do it yourself instead of letting other people decide what happens. It’s more personal and a hell of a lot more meaningful to give directly to the people who are in need. There’s tons of homeless and poor people walking around your city. There’s volunteer organizations. And there’s always your local church/mosque/temple/shrine/synagogue.

So, if you’re serious about helping the poor, stop the car, get out and go talk to them. Ask them what you can do. Give something other than your loose change.

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