New social network wants to save the world
World Mind Network lets users make a difference by getting involved in various environmental projects and social issues online
The World Mind Network, created by Friends Beyond Borders, is a new social networking website that’s getting a lot of attention online because of its stance - it wants to bring people together to help improve the world.
Beyond just finding friends and staying connected, the WMN uses Web 2.0 tools so that people around the world can discuss and support a social issue, environmental or research problems, and even creative art forms, for free.
While joining the WMN is similar to having a Facebook or Twitter account, it assumes that one is actually concerned about making the world a better place. Only a little over a hundred members have signed up to the Network so far.
Nobel Laureates Edmund Phelps and Peter Doherty, including several other academic and respected personalities from different fields of expertise are among the WMN’s board of trustees. This is reflected in the various projects WMN has been fuelling online - one was to obtain funding for an ICT education centre in Kenya through the donation of unused cellphone minutes (SambazaGroup.com), while another program in the works includes solar-powered cellphones created by Samsung to track the spread of the Aedes mosquito that is responsible for Dengue fever in East Africa.
There’s a strong focus on the Arts as well - the TwitLit project asks users to create poems short enough for Twitter feeds (TwitLit.net), while the new Institute for Digital Music (Institutefordigitalmusic.ning.com) invites visitors to compose, perform and collaborate with others in creating music through elements such as iPhone apps, Leaf Trombone and Ocarina.
If you have a genuine interest to start or moderate a project that aims to make a difference, you can write to the email@example.com. Alternatively, you can also log in to the website – www.theworldmindnetwork.net – to find out how you can help change the world.