At the Digital Nomad Conference in Bangkok recently, Steve Munroe from Hubud, Bali’s first co-working space, spoke of digital nomads wanting to give back, but were unsure how. He then elaborated on a solution, Hubud’s co-giving programme, designed to “connect” talent to the local community:
— Vivienne Egan (@VivEgan41) March 1, 2016
— Glomading (@Glomading) March 1, 2016
Not everyone is in Bali, of course. But irrespective of location and borders, nomads all over the world may now find and join a cause though the emergence of big online platforms. While digital is no substitute for offline action (on its own it has limited impact, and there is very little in the form of nuance), every little helps:
- Change.org. Described as “the world’s platform for change”, Change.org is a tech site used by more than 100 million users worldwide and the biggest for online petitions. More than 38 million have started or signed a “winning” petition. Change.org has a presence in markets such as Australia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Spain, Thailand, and the UK.
- Avaaz. Used by 42,932,198+ worldwide, according to Wikipedia (love the +), Avaaz is a global online movement through which members receive alerts to act on global issues.
- Care2. Care2 is apparently just behind Avaaz in reach, providing a platform for 34,453,780 members to start petitions and support each other’s campaigns. Issues are mostly environmental and health related.
- 350.org. An online climate change movement, which would surely appeal to digital nomads based in stunning natural locations such as Krabi and Bali, 350.org has supporters in 188 countries worldwide. The website facilitates online campaigns and grassroots organising
- Campaign.com. A platform with a strong presence in Southeast Asia especially, Campaign has more than 120,000 supporters in 25 countries. The site allows members to create and support hashtag movements.
- 38 Degrees. A UK-based platform, 38 Degrees is (very cleverly) named after the angle at which an avalanche happens. Its online members work together to take action on issues they care about in Britain.