No doubt most of us have bought, sold, or at least surfed the addicting abyss of junk and jewels known as “Craigslist.” Sure, we’re all familiar with the amazing market space that has been created by San Francisco-based computer nerd, Craig Newmark. But what does this entrepreneurial programming nerd do in his spare time?
In March of 2011, Craig Newmark decided that—although his online bazaar, Craigslist, has reached over 50 participating countries—he wanted to make a real impact. To accomplish this task, Newmark launched his new website Craigconnects.org, a hub in which he hopes to connect those who are using technology for the common good, and through which he hopes to make a real difference in the world.
Craigconnects targets 7 primary areas:
1. Supporting military families and veterans
2. Support and promotion of old-fashioned, honest journalism
3. Public Diplomacy: expansion of and training in proper internet usage in underprivileged areas
4. Government: Helping to improve government agencies improve their efficiency to “improve return on the taxpayer dollar.”
5. Consumer protection: working with banks and government agencies to partner with Consumer Reports for the purpose of improving these companies’ customer service.
6. Technology for the Common Good: supporting microenterprises and provision of internet to underserviced areas. Also support of nonprofit rating services that help to provide potential partners to the most effective, honest nonprofits.
7. Voter Protection: supporting organizations working to protect Americans’ right to vote.
Newmark also posts regularly on his site, and hosts guest writers who have input into one or more of these target areas.
This successful programming nerd set out to create a center for connecting technologically-minded people in their desires to make a positive impact on their world. It will be interesting to see the success of this site in fostering such visionary relationships.
Craigconnects’ mission statement is easily summed up in their website tagline:
“Craigconnects: using technology to give the voiceless a real voice and the powerless real power.”