Giving thanks and giving back - inspiring organizations that make the world a better place

November 21, 2012

This week Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day. It’s a time to pause, reflect and be thankful. It’s also a time to share and give back to the community, friends and family that nurture us throughout the year.

Here at SlideShare, we focus a lot of attention on the community that shares so much information, creativity and inspiration. This Thanksgiving we’d like to call attention to a few folks who have recently shared presentations with the goal of empowering people to have an impact in making the world a better place.

Planeta protects communities through responsible tourism
Planeta founder Ron Mader is a communication catalyst, working toward conscious, local responsible, eco travel on the ground and online via Ron regularly uploads presentations that give visibility to the positive and negative effects of tourism in developing countries.

Ron tirelessly demonstrates that one person can ignite worldwide action to make a difference in people’s lives and their environments. Search SlideShare for “ responsible tourism” to find presentations from people and organizations who are working to make tourism a positive experience for communities.

Rally for Impact mobilizes citizen engineers
Entrepreneur Ryan Martens believes that engineers have the ability to change the world. Ryan is the co-founder and CTO of Rally Software, known globally for its leadership in application lifecycle management tools, specifically for agile/lean development teams.

This Fall saw the launch of Rally For Impact, a worldwide effort to mobilize engineers to solve the world toughest problems. Ryan explains how Rally For Impact works, and the need for Citizen Engineers:

Rally for Impact recognizes these “citizen engineers” as

“the connection point between science and society—between pure knowledge and how it is used. Citizen engineers are techno-responsible, environmentally responsible, economically responsible, socially responsible participants in the engineering community.”

Through its partnerships with organizations like, B Lab, and SalesForce Foundation, Rally For Impact is connecting citizen engineers with experts, product solutions, and educational materials to speed the rate of change in our global society.

frog Design shares its Collective Action Toolkit
frog Design has recently launched the Collective Action Toolkit (CAT), a package of resources and activities that enable groups of people anywhere to collaboratively create solutions for problems impacting their community. Designed to be a “resource for change makers”, the toolkit provides a dynamic framework that integrates knowledge and action. The toolkit emerged from frog’s collaboration with Nike Foundation/Girl Effect.

Inspired by the Girl Effect project, frog went on to create the Collective Action Toolkit to empower groups of change-makers everywhere. The toolkit is downloadable for free.

These are three of the many organizations and initiatives that are making an impact on people’s lives. If your company or organization is doing something to make the world a better place, upload a presentation about it so we can help you spread the word.

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at SlideShare!