So many people replied (about 47). Not to mention the twitter follows and the sheer number of people that are also in Chicago.
And my world is still really really small.
Here are some links and some stories and some words that were sent back in response:
Links Sent to Me:
Wow, it is a small small small world! I love your Listserve email, and I admire and appreciate that you used this forum to promote such great causes – and to spur others to examination and action in their own lives. You rock! 🙂
In terms of the small world comment, as soon as I read your email, I felt certain that our paths had crossed at least once. And indeed, that seems to be the case. I’m good friends Misha Shemyakin and his wife, Alison – Misha and my boyfriend (Michael Baron) are close friends from their college days at Notre Dame. I also know Lisa Russell – she is my cousin Marc’s fianceé. I’m guessing that you also know Anna Tarnoff from your work at the Ounce of Prevention fund – she and I were both on the board of the Chicago Net Impact Professional Chapter. There are probably many more connections in Chicago and beyond. I moved from Chicago to Pasadena, CA, last September after spending the past three years in Chicago, and then living in Nashville for eight years before that. I’ve spent most of those years working in the nonprofit and public policy sphere, and I’ve volunteered with United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee. So many mutual activities, work connections, and definitely similar passions for making a difference in the world and moving beyond our own “bubble” of middle-class America.
Awesome post. I’m originally from Chicago, went to Illinois and also work in crowdfunding at Indiegogo. Much respect for the social justice cause. Not sure when you graudated, but I have a friend from U of I who has taken a very similar path. He’s about to quit his job at Accenture after two years to join Startup Bootcamp. I’ll send him your listserv, but would love to connect you both.
My mom was in AAUW and the Methodist Church, my dad was in,
get this!– the University YMCA – Champaign, IL
Really. I think you can find his name on a donor’s plaque on the hallway. He was there from 1934-’38 undergrad and in law school 1938-’41.
Do reply. Inspire me more. And let’s talk on how we can improve the focus of technology.
I’ve been subscribed to the Listserve for close to two years now. In those years, I’ve received hundreds of emails from complete strangers, two from people I actually know, and just one, yours, from someone I’ve never met but to whom I am undeniably connected.
Hi, my name is Charlotte and I, too, am an Alternative Breaker. I went to Vanderbilt University where I went on some 12 trips in 6 years as a student and an OACS staffer. I spent a couple years on the exec board at Vandy (with two of your fellow BOD members!), attended the ABCs, and all that jazz. I even worked with BA on the Intel for Change project last spring and this time last year, I was living in the Break Away house while recruiting at Emory and Georgia State. Hell, Jill wrote me letters of recommendation for grad school.
Happy Upcoming Birthday
and many many more.
I was extremely impressed with your ListServe post.
The world truly needs a whole lot more people like you.
I wanted to email you back and talk with you about your interest in helping others. Since I’ve been little, I’ve always wanted to help people and make a difference in the world. In December, I graduated with a teaching degree in English that extends 6-12th grade.
I feel that you’re experience and your willingness to help others is one of the the most valuable things our world has (that many people don’t share equally). I am emailing you today because helping kids is one of the biggest problems/passions in my life. I am currently teaching in East Chicago, Indiana.
I felt that responding to your email would give me the opportunity to extend help to you and your organization(s) in any way that I can. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help from over here in East Chicago. Thank you and good luck in all your future endeavors!
I loved your listserve email. Social justice is very important and it looks to me with the amout of work you do for this cause you are making up for a lot of people that don’t make the effort to even make small donations. I tip my hat to you.
For sharing your inspiring story of contributing your heart and making an impact.
Thank you for being awesome
We actually share the same birthday, and I have been lucky enough to visit Chicago two years ago. It is a lovely city. I hope you get to visit Australia one day (if you haven’t already).
Second, I admire you for pursuing social justice. Startup Institute’s partnership with Give Forward is actually one of the main things that drew me to the program because I want to be part of a team who develops technology that helps people who really need it. It’s people like you and companies like Give Forward that give me hope and inspire me to try to make the world a better place.
Even at your very young age, it would appear you’re wll on your way to a life well lived.
Gives a bit of hope to old timers like me.
Good on you , girl!
I wonder if your “clone-able”?
FREAKING OUT READING YOUR EMAIL LAUREN! I worked with Break Away last year on my NYU Wagner Capstone project to help y’all create the community impact assessment system. Totally drank the Kool-Aid and love your organization, students, culture, staff, Jill, Shannon, Keith etc. Thrilled that you used your Listserve email to talk about Break Away! Thank you for dedicating your time to their board.