Within Reach of Davos

In January of 2007, I withdrew from grad school at the University of Notre Dame and began an unemployed, unplanned, and “uncultured” journey to help the poor.

Almost exactly three years later, that journey has brought me to within grasp of being able to talk to world leaders about global poverty at one of the planet’s most important conferences. I can get there – but only with your help.

Out of 75 applications from around the world (and many more that didn’t make the deadline), I was selected as one of five potential candidates to go to Davos. The winner, is determined by you – because it’s your vote that determines the winner.

I won’t lie. I’m up against some brilliant people. I wish we could all go – because I’d love to meet them all and brainstorm. At the same time, I know that it’s not like global poverty can be solved with a one week trip to Switzerland.

But this could be big. It’s the biggest thing to ever happen in my life and it could be the biggest thing for the future of this project. So, if you’d like to help, here’s how you can do so:

Things you will need [REVISED as of Jan 11th, 2010]:

  1. A YouTube or Google account. Signing up for either is free. UPDATE: You don’t need to signup for anything to vote.
  2. An internet connection good enough to use YouTube.
  3. The ability to get online every 24 hours until January 15th.
  4. If Possible: Friends & family who might be interested in voting as well.

Here’s how you can vote:

1. Go to http://YouTube.com/Davos

2. On the top half of the page, you will see something about the Davos Debates. It will have three tabs. Click on “vote”.

VoteTab

3. You will see five videos from the five candidates. Select my video called “A Message to Davos” – the thumbnail is my picture.

VotePage

Videos Are Randomly Sorted and May Not Appeared In This Order

4. Once the video starts playing, click the green thumbs-up button. Wait a few seconds. Your vote has been placed.

VotePlaced

When The Red Thumbs Down Turns Grey, Your Vote Has Been Cast.

5. You can vote again everyday.

It may seem that, with so many followers on Twitter and so many subscribers, this is all but guaranteed. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Without getting too academic, it boils down to public vs. private networks. My support network is very public. And, like every network, not everyone following me or subscribed will be reading my tweets, watching the videos, or reading this blog.

It’s very possible (and very likely) that many of these candidates have a group of friends, family, and colleagues who will be diligently voting. This could be close.

Every. Vote. Counts.

(Photo Seen in Featured Content is from Flickr)

24 Responses to “Within Reach of Davos”


  1. 1 Marriott Sheldon

    Hi Shawn,
    Not sure the best way to reach you. I am with We, The World, hdqt. in NYC. I was researching videos to use in our trailer for our video, Now Is The Time For WE, and saw your videos about work you are doing. We are making the video in order to promote a new paradigm, a shift in consciousness from I to We and to launch a major global campaign. We, The World is a global collaboration to maximize and accelerate social change.
    Your energy and enthusiasm are admirable and you have inspired many people through YouTube, etc. One of our goals is to reach teens and college students to inspire, inform and involve them in a mass movement for social change. If you are interested in being part of the development of this campaign, I would like to talk with you.

    My telephone number is 201 675-3370. Email is MarriottSheldon@WeTheWorld.org. Please get in touch and I will send you more information which is not on the website yet.

    Look forward to talking with you,
    Marriott Sheldon
    Outreach and Development
    We, The World

  2. 2 Marriott Sheldon

    Hi Shawn,
    Not sure the best way to reach you. I am with We, The World, hdqt. in NYC. I was researching videos to use in our trailer for our video, Now Is The Time For WE, and saw your videos about work you are doing. We are making the video in order to promote a new paradigm, a shift in consciousness from I to We and to launch a major global campaign. We, The World is a global collaboration to maximize and accelerate social change.
    Your energy and enthusiasm are admirable and you have inspired many people through YouTube, etc. One of our goals is to reach teens and college students to inspire, inform and involve them in a mass movement for social change. If you are interested in being part of the development of this campaign, I would like to talk with you.

    My telephone number is 201 675-3370. Email is MarriottSheldon@WeTheWorld.org. Please get in touch and I will send you more information which is not on the website yet.

    Look forward to talking with you,
    Marriott Sheldon
    Outreach and Development
    We, The World

  3. 3 ZAmmi

    I’m a little unclear, please pardon the n00bism, but how do you vote using a google account? πŸ™‚

  4. 4 ZAmmi

    I’m a little unclear, please pardon the n00bism, but how do you vote using a google account? πŸ™‚

  5. 5 Shawn

    Hey ZAmmi πŸ™‚ Basically, at YouTube.com, if you sign in using your Google (aka Gmail) account, you will be taken to a prompt where you can choose a username. You have to pick one – it can even just be a randmom string of numbers. But that username can be tied to your google account so you don’t have to worry about a new password or “account” to remember.

    The extra step is only because comments on videos are left by your username – and not your email address.

  6. 6 Shawn

    Hey ZAmmi πŸ™‚ Basically, at YouTube.com, if you sign in using your Google (aka Gmail) account, you will be taken to a prompt where you can choose a username. You have to pick one – it can even just be a randmom string of numbers. But that username can be tied to your google account so you don’t have to worry about a new password or “account” to remember.

    The extra step is only because comments on videos are left by your username – and not your email address.

  7. 7 zammi

    Thanks Shawn πŸ™‚ Done and done! Wishing you all the best with this, you’d be great out there.

  8. 8 zammi

    Thanks Shawn πŸ™‚ Done and done! Wishing you all the best with this, you’d be great out there.

  9. 9 Shawn

    Hey again Zammi – just heard from Davos. You do NOT need to sign up for ANYTHING.

  10. 10 Shawn

    Hey again Zammi – just heard from Davos. You do NOT need to sign up for ANYTHING.

  11. 11 Diya

    Voted! Good luck, Shawn! πŸ™‚

  12. 12 Diya

    Voted! Good luck, Shawn! πŸ™‚

  13. 13 Zubair Idris

    u also “have a group of friends, family, and colleagues who will be diligently voting.” πŸ˜€

  14. 14 Zubair Idris

    u also “have a group of friends, family, and colleagues who will be diligently voting.” πŸ˜€

  15. 15 samira

    hoping to know about..great site..hoping to change..go green

  16. 16 samira

    hoping to know about..great site..hoping to change..go green

  17. 17 Faheem Faruq

    Voted for and best of luck!!

  18. 18 Faheem Faruq

    Voted for and best of luck!!

  19. 19 Alex Crimi

    Done !

    It will be nice if as I spent some seconds on youtube, you can spend some seconds answering to my mails πŸ™‚
    Take care.
    Alex

  20. 20 Alex Crimi

    Done !

    It will be nice if as I spent some seconds on youtube, you can spend some seconds answering to my mails πŸ™‚
    Take care.
    Alex

  21. 21 Shawn

    @Alex – you sent me an email? When? I get a LOT of email and I sometimes lose track.

  22. 22 Shawn

    @Alex – you sent me an email? When? I get a LOT of email and I sometimes lose track.

  23. 23 Shawn

    I just checked. According to mail.app I have 86,506 unread emails. *sigh*

  24. 24 Shawn

    I just checked. According to mail.app I have 86,506 unread emails. *sigh*

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