Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Homeless men share their struggles via Twitter

What is it like to be homeless?

Three interns, Rosemary, Willy and Robert, at an advertising agency in New York decided that giving the homeless access to social media might get more people to listen to their stories.  So they signed up four homeless men, Danny, Derrick, Albert, and Carlos, who were suggested by a New York City shelter, got four prepaid cell phones, and got the four men on Twitter.

That's right, Twitter.

Click here to read the stories of Danny, Derrick, Albert, and Carlos. 
Read their tweets and the heart-warming encounters they had via Twitter with numerous people offering them hope.  

Read about the interns who had been given a challenge with only 2 conditions:  "Do something good."  And "do something good ...famously."  Go big.  Be heard.  Make real change.  They decided to pair social media and social advocacy and did it by founding Underheard: "Fighting homelessness 140 characters at a time."

1 comment:

  1. Sr. Rosaleen HaroldMarch 3, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Thanks Jean for these inspiring stories. !very moving! I think this revelation will go a long way to correct the misconceptions about homelessness. It is also a wonderful example of how Social Media can be used to educate the public and create solidarity with the poor and excluded in our society. Sr. Rosaleen Harold