Week 20: Wikipedia

Okay, I know this one might sound weird. This week's GIVE52 organization is Wikipedia. I don't know about you, but Wiki has been an amazing resource for me and I constantly find myself using it. You can get deep into a topic and follow links until your brain explodes with incredible and fascinating new information. BUT, despite all the value, I have never given them a cent. Until today.

If you are unaware, or live under a rock with no internet access, Wikipedia is a “free online encyclopedia with the aim to allow anyone to edit articles. Wikipedia is the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet.”

From the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales: "Wikipedia is something special. It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind. It is a place we can all go to think, to learn, to share our knowledge with others. "

I realized how crazy it was that I had never donated, despite their campaigns after reading this post by Sasha Dichter.

In it he talks about the fact that about "199 out of 200 people use this incredible free resource and never bother to give a penny." He made a point that often we ignore the banner asking us to give, because we think that giving just a little is insignificant or even embarrassing.

Our problem, you see, isn’t lack of resources. Our problem is bystanding. Our problem is that even the best of us default to “nothing” most of the time.

What a great time to participate more.

Because everything (yes everything) is so much more than nothing.

And if we simply decided now that we’d give something to every organization, club, course, group that has touched us a little this year, we will save ourselves the mental burden of deciding each time, we will feel a whole lot better in the process, and we will ultimately transform ourselves from passive takers to active members of our communities.
— Sasha Dichter

And that, my friends, is exactly what GIVE52 is all about.
Have a tremendous week!