The internet is a great platform to voice your ideas and advocate for social change. Kiersten Marek
, writer for news website Inside Philanthropy
, uses CoPromote to spread her knowledge and connect with other like minded individuals. Using real life experience, she brings different perspective on many issues. Check out the chat we had with Kiersten below about her content, and the issues she is most passionate about!
1. What kind of creator are you?
I like to think I’m a creator of social change — someone who helps our culture articulate its hopes and fears and find ways to create a better society. The way I do that is through writing. Currently I’m a Senior Editor for Inside Philanthropy
, a news website created by David Callahan
. To say I am fascinated with this work would be an understatement.
2. Where do you get your ideas for your articles?
My content often grows kind of organically out of the real world. I’m a clinical social worker by day and a writer by night, so I get many of my ideas from what I see around me in my work. A family will come to me for help with adopting a much older child, for example, and it will prompt me to start researching this special problem, and sometimes I’ll realize there’s a story there about which foundations are funding adoption work, what programs are out there to help these families, and what we are doing on the national level to address the issues.
3. How do you use CoPromote?
I use CoPromote to find my base of like-minded folks. We all need help from other people who understand what we are talking about and, through support or discussion or debate, help us refine our ideas. I love how CoPromote is divided into distinct sections for promoting material. So, for example, when I wrote about LGBT funding in the tech world
recently, I could reach out to fellow Co-Promoters through the Lifestyle section and LGBT subsection to find support. I also learned more about Bitcoin by using CoPromote, and will soon have a new article out about the Gates Foundation’s recent grant to Bitsoko, a new and important breakthrough for the Bitcoin movement.
4. Have you found anybody on CoPromote whose work you really like?
Lots. Dr. Gail Barnes
has raised my awareness about the importance of recycled packaging, for example. David Teten
is a great person to follow as a business guru. I also like Jessica Greenhood
, who contributes a lot of high quality material. I also enjoy many of the food and drink Copromoters, and learn about nifty things to try in my kitchen from them.
5. What is the topic you’re most passionate about?
Dangerous question! This one could take all day.
I am passionate about living well. Twenty years as a social worker has made me painfully aware of how our work and money- obsessed culture forgets about the rest of life. I want to help more people not have that happen to them. To that end, I am passionate about helping more people live less desperately. I want to help end poverty as we know it. This is not a simple thing to do. It involves turning many knobs and pulling many levers in just one individual life, not to mention on the larger scale for a community.