Project for Awesome

Project for Awesome (P4A) is an initiative where creators are encouraged to “post videos about and advocating for charities to decrease the overall level of world suck.” Every year, on the second Friday and Saturday of December, viewers vote to determine which videos featured on the Project for Awesome website and which organizations P4A will support with viewer donations. This time around, Project for Awesome has raised over $400,000 so far, and there's still plenty of time left for viewers to contribute. Their annual livestream is happening today and tomorrow (December 12th/13th) here:

http://youtu.be/Lrgej4UJtaw

And you can learn more on their website, www.projectforawesome.com

Project for Awesome is an amazing effort to bring more good to the world, but there is one cause in particular that we hope you will consider supporting. As we’ve read, seen on the news, and discussed, the Ebola crisis is extraordinarily bad and getting worse with each passing day. Parts of the world are seeing rampant spreading of the virus with new cases stacking up at an alarming rate. Matt York, founder of Videomaker and One Mobile Projector per Trainer (OMPT), the Videomaker staff and the York family are working to change this problem with their Project for Awesome campaign.

 

OMPT is working hard in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus right now, and their approach is unique. They are striving to change behaviors in parts of the world where the understanding or level of trust needed to exact change may not be there yet.

The approach of OMPT lends itself to this kind of work particularly well.

York’s foundation works to improve the world through video education. What that means is that they understand that local organizations are the experts in local interventions, however, many organizations in poverty-stricken countries lack the equipment and training to take their expertise and put it to work helping their communities. OMPT provides specialized equipment (alternative power sourced cameras, etc.) and a four-day workshop on video production, to empower these organizations to be able to capture and deliver their message.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in getting involved and pitching in with Videomaker and OMPT’s fight against Ebola, give the view below a watch and get in touch, head to Project for Awesome's page for Videomaker and OMPT and vote for this cause. There many other awesome organizations participating this year as well, so take some time to browse around the Project for Awesome site and support the causes that speak to you!

http://youtu.be/gnTUwZYQuz8

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Russ Fairley
Russ Fairley is a producer, editor and motion graphic designer who enjoys writing for Videomaker. He has also written for About.com (Lifewire.com), RedShark News, Modern Drummer Magazine, and others. He is an Adobe Certified Expert, Adobe Community Leader, and co-founder of After Effects Toronto, Canada's largest motion graphic user group. Fairley is the creator and editor of ProductionWorld.net, a popular production news website.