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Care2.com helps netizens make a difference

Discover Care2.com. A website with a mesmerizing concept for people who wish to make a difference in the world, but maybe not all of them.

Created in 1998 by Randy Paynter, Care2 is a website that makes available, “fast, easy, and free ways to make a difference everyday”, according to its motto. Care2 thereby encourages activism for various causes.

How Care2 promotes activism.

By filling out a profile with information about, for instance, our personal involvement, Care2 links us to other activists with similar interests. Each day, this social networking website proposes a simple daily action visitors can take part in.

Today, for instance, you could “send some love and good wishes to Barbcat”, a young handicapped woman who “has spent hundreds of hours signing petitions, sharing stories about animals in need”.

Care2 also encourages its members to take various other social actions like creating or signing petitions, clicking for free to donate, sending green e-cards, helping you find a green job and other inventive uses of the internet to help non-profit organizations or causes.


Care2 – should we like or dislike?

Some users have expressed their discontent with the website. Wowsux, a viewpoints.com user from Texas, accuses Care2 of promoting “far left” ideologies. He thinks that it is a “liberal site that misrepresents issues and encourages political activism. Stories are slanted to the left ideology and encourage people to sign petitions based on incomplete information.

According to his experience, he says “they also unfairly censor and ban posters that have a Conservative political position. […] All in all, it appears to be site dedicated to the Progressive political agenda, thinly disguised as an environmentally concerned site.”

Other users, like zippyd, from Washington D.C, praise it with all their hearts. Zippyd wrote on viewpoints.com, “I highly recommend Care2 for anyone concerned about global warming, human rights, improving education or simply making the world a better place.” In fact, this social network platform has attracted more than 16 million members and continues to grow at an incredible pace. In six months, I’ve witnessed a growth of almost 4 million more members.


I haven’t tried creating a petition with a conservative stance on the website myself to see whether it would be rejected or not, but we could consider the idea that making it easy, fun, and free for us to take a specific action may be a good way to push us into doing something we might not agree with.

What is your opinion about Care2?

Find out more about Care2 here.
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A woman who changed her path to change the world

Some of us stay in the same job all through our lives; others decide to change their lives by doing something different. Valentina Zunino was brave enough to make a drastic change in her field of studies. She is a traveller and she wants to make a change.

 

Valentina Zunino is an Italo-Chilean student in England, who is currently completing a Master’s degree in international journalism.

Coming from a background in translation, she opened up her horizon to the world of TV news broadcasting and documentary filmmaking. Zunino says she was “missing the human contact” when doing translations and she didn’t find the sense of satisfaction she was striving for.

 

Giving a hand through journalism

Zunino cares about people and she wants to help. She wants to reveal and “portray reality to help improve people’s lives”.

And what is journalism more than exposing truths? Zunino would like a job that would keep her travelling as well as help her in her quest to make a difference.

Her ultimate aspiration would be to work for international organisations such as UNESCO or UNICEF. With a degree in translation though, these organisations didn’t give her much opportunity.

As Zunino revealed to us, “they are not so much interested in translation.” However, fascinatingly, they seem to be paying more attention to journalists.

 

Helping South Americans through documentary filmmaking

In her current degree at the University of Westminster, she will be doing practical courses in television and radio, but she will also be making a documentary as her final project.

She says she likes documentary because it “gives you more time to research the stories and you can benefit from a more in-depth contact with people.” When asked about the main topics she is interested about, she disclosed that she would like to “focus on Latin Americam countries”.

Latin America occupies a special place in Zunino’s heart. Her identity being torn between Italy and Chile throughout her life, she wants to make Latin America her focal point in both her researches and projects. She says that she had an “awakening at the age of 19” and she needed to “rediscover part of her identity” in Chile.

Zunino would like to report about “the issues indigenous women face, concerns surrounding children’s lives, and a number of social issues that are underlying all over the South American continent.”

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