Say Hello!

Say Hello!

Recently our team at GlobalMojo received some exciting news: another celebrity will be joining Adrian Peterson and Jamie Oliver by launching a Giving Assistant of her own! We are PUMPED about the news – which you’ll hear more about later on – but our fast growth also means our team needs some additional help. Last week, we welcomed three new members to our growing team!

Micheal aka Mike is a Chicagoan who’s been living the warm sunny life in California since 1994. Usually he can be found doing one of two things: coding or sleeping (we challenge him to do both… at the same time).

He’s been coding since 1980, which was when he picked up his very first computer and taught himself basic programming. He brings to GlobalMojo an honors degree in Computer Science from Oklahoma State (c/o 1991), a passion for building awesome apps for others to enjoy, and a commitment to advance GlobalMojo’s mission: combining corporate and social responsibility into a tool that can make the world a better place.

Mike has an adorable best friend: an all-white Siberian Husky named Einstein. Prepare your heartstrings for the dog below:

Bobby is also a native from Chicago. He’s a die-hard Bulls/Bears/Cubs/Blackhawks fan – always has been and always will, he says. As a intern from Miami University, Bobby is spending his spring semester in San Francisco with all of us at GlobalMojo, where he will help drive marketing and affiliate initiatives so users can enjoy our app just a little more.

As an aspiring entrepreneur, Bobby is excited to dive into GlobalMojo’s work and “gain great hands-on experience with a cool, hip start-up,” (aww, shucks!). He loves working with others to solve problems in a creative, sustainable approach, and establishing awesome relationships along the way.

 

[ Left: Bobby, Right: Anthony]

Anthony hails from Cleveland, Ohio. Like Bobby, he’s studying marketing and entrepreneurship at Miami University of Ohio and comes excited to intern at GlobalMojo because it’s “a startup that is not just looking to make an impact on the world, but an impact in a positive way.”

Anthony hopes “to gain some real world experience in a startup environment, meet new people and get a better feel for what I want to do when I graduate college,” he says. “I also hope to gain some knowledge and skills that I can carry with me to whatever career field I choose.” Fun fact: Anthony worked on a strawberry farm for six years!

Welcome to the team! Mike, Anthony, and Bobby, our team is so excited to have you three aboard! Now, if only we can add an office puppy to our team… *fingers crossed*

Why We Need Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Why We Need Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

By Michelle Thai, Marketing Intern

A month ago, we blogged about our newest white label app for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. This week, we’d like to share why his campaign means a lot to us at GlobalMojo.

Kids today are growing up overweight and malnourished from a diet of processed foods, and today’s children will be the first generation ever to live shorter lives than their parents.

At age 21, I myself am embarrassed that I really do not know how to cook. You can find me at Trader Joe’s aisle of already-made frozen meals. And it’s not that I chose to live this way, it’s more that cooking skills were not particularly important in my household. My dad has always worked 8 AM to 8 PM at his mechanic shop. My mom works swing shift at her job. They never really had the time or energy to cook from scratch, let alone teach me.

But Jamie’s Food Revolution has made me realize and inspired me to take control of what I’m consuming. Jamie’s website says it the best: the problem stems from the loss of cooking skills at home and the availability of processed foods at every turn, from the school cafeteria to church function halls, factories and offices.

The Food Revolution is on a mission to save lives by inspiring families to cook good food from scratch, like how it should be.

By cooking from scratch, families will be fighting obesity with better food. Did you know approximately 17% – or 12.5 million – children and adolescents aged 2 – 19 years are obese? Imagine how many of those kids continue to grow up obese.

A recent study published in British Journal Of Cancer revealed that each year, nearly half of the cancers in the UK alone are caused by avoidable life choices including diet, overweight and obesity. In the U.S., obesity is the #2 cause of preventable death.

“Food is one of life’s greatest joys,” writes Jamie Oliver, “yet we’ve reached this really sad point where we’re turning food into the enemy, and something to be afraid of.”

He continues to explain, “Knowing how to cook means you’ll be able to turn all sorts of fresh ingredients into meals when they’re in season, at their best, and cheapest! Cooking this way will always be cheaper than buying processed food, not to mention better for you.”

A 2011 survey conducted by Good Food channel discovered that out of 2,000 men and women, a typical female can cook just seven different meals from scratch – half as many as their moms were able to serve up. One in 20 women said they can’t even boil an egg.

Jamie has acknowledged these horrors in his Food Revolution, that’s why his campaign is working to create a nationwide network of community kitchens where anyone can go to learn basic home cooking. In your local communities, the Food Revolution is working to make cooking courses available in church halls, community, and healthcare centers.

However, the nightmare continues when our children are at school. We’ll let these photos tell it all:

VERSUS

[Images from Jamie Oliver Food Revolution’s School Food tool kit]

The Food Revolution is working to bring freshly cooked meals in schools and colleges, as well as cooking lessons for kids at school.

If you believe in what Jamie and his Food Revolution is doing to save lives and end the obesity epidemic, support the campaign by signing his global petition here, downloading his Giving Assistant app here, and/or spreading the word on Twitter.

That Cancer Came Too Young

That Cancer Came Too Young

by Mike Duchen, Manager of Biz and Development

“Cancer” is a strange word. When most young people who have never been touched by this disease hear someone say “Cancer”, it usually goes in one ear and out the other without ever really thinking about it. Maybe it is that young people hear about it all the time in the news and see it in movies, or maybe they are just too afraid to really take the time to understand it.

I was one of those people.


[Working in Guatemala for Community Enterprise Solutions]

I didn’t fully understand what cancer was until it literally hit me so hard in the stomach that it made me physically stop in my tracks and threw me into the fight of my life. Suddenly, I went from working in Guatemala to lying in a hospital bed in Colorado Springs with a doctor telling me that I was going to have surgery in a day and start chemotherapy in a week. As anyone one can imagine this was a bit of shock.

Four rounds of chemo (wish I had a LibreClothing sweater for my port access), two surgeries and many additional trips to Rocky Mountain Cancer Center later I found something. I found that the word “Cancer” led me to meet some of the most courageous, generous, and inspirational people that I have ever met. I quickly discovered that there is an army of Cancer survivors that not only beat this terrible disease but, for the most part, want to help others that are currently going through similar, physical, mental, and emotional feelings. It led me to meet new friends; it gave me the courage to follow my passion.

[After my last round of chemo visiting my sister]

My personal passion is to help others who are dealing with cancer because I know what it is like to be in the trenches, and I learned how uplifting sharing feelings with other people can be. I had the privilege of becoming good friends with Laird while living in Boulder, Colorado this past year. Laird was not only the toughest and most engaging five-year old I have ever met, but he also went through a cancer treatment that made mine look like a walk in the park. Laird and I became quick friends after sharing a burrito and laughing hysterically through the movie Despicable Me, during a hospital visit. Laird taught me that I should step back and take a drink of my own “medicine” of what I was sharing with others; so, I quit my job in Boulder, chased my dream, and moved to San Francisco to work for GlobalMojo.

[My friend Laird! He’s in remission and I look forward to sharing more burritos!]

GlobalMojo is my dream job because I have the opportunity to not only help others battling cancer everyday, but our technology has the capability to support all types of great causes by driving revenue to their organizations in such a new and unique way. Working with non-profits in the past and personally knowing the financial expenses that accompany battling a disease, I truly think that GlobalMojo is going to change the way that non-profits and organizations generate money to become more sustainable.

“Cancer” led me to be a part of our awesome team at GlobalMojo, and I look forward to the exciting journey to help make the world a better place now and change the way people support nonprofits and causes in the future!

This post can also be found as a guest blog on Libre

GlobalMojo Launches Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution App

GlobalMojo Launches Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution App

by Michelle Thai, Marketing Intern

A few weeks ago, we announced our first ever white label called Football For Good with NFL star, Adrian Peterson — along with a whole bunch of awesome football-related prizes. If football and winning a VIP trip to the Super Bowl 2012 isn’t really your thing, well, we’re excited to announce our newest white label app for Jamie Oliver‘s Food Foundation!

Click HERE to download the app and support Jamie’s Food Revolution to fight the obesity epidemic!

When you download Jamie Oliver’s Giving Assistant — which works exactly like the GlobalMojo Giving Assistant and the Football For Good Giving Assistant — a percentage of your online purchases go to the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation in support of his Food Revolution.

When you download the app, you’re automatically given 100 entries in winning a foodie trip to London, where you’ll enjoy a cooking class at Recipease, Jamie’s cooking school; dinner at Barbecoa, Fifteen, Jamie’s Italian, and Union Jacks, Jamie’s top London restaurants, as well as a signed recipe book from Jamie!

Invite your friends to download the browser app, and for every successful recruit, you win 100 more entries. Shop online and – you guessed it! – earn even more entries, to the sweet tune of one additional entry per penny you generate for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. Generate $1.00? That’s 100 entries in the bag with absolutely no cap.

Not only is Jamie an extraordinary chef who’s had global success, he’s also incredibly passionate about the importance of cooking from scratch. Under his Food Revolution, he’s working to raise awareness of the growing obesity epidemic and inspire people globally to start cooking again.

Jamie says our kids are growing up overweight and malnourished from a diet of processed foods, and today’s children will be the first generation ever to live shorter lives than their parents. Launched in March 2010, Jamie’s petition for better school food has already gained enormous support. “Since I’ve been working in America, I’ve been overwhelmed by the number of people who have come out to support the Food Revolution,” says Jamie. “More than 630,000 people have signed the petition, over 300,000 of you subscribe to our newsletter and thousands of you have written to me. The only message I keep hearing is that you believe your kids need better food, and that you want help to keep cooking skills alive. That’s why this Food Revolution matters.”

Support the Food Revolution today by downloading the Jamie Oliver Giving Assistant here.

Marketing For Good: Simon Mainwaring

Marketing For Good: Simon Mainwaring

By Michelle Thai, Marketing Intern

It’s a no-brainer that social media is key to engaging fans, donors, and customers. Here at GlobalMojo, we’re fans of Simon Mainwaring, who’s using his social media skills and experience to make a difference in the world.

If anyone could tell you about using social media to leverage your brand –whether you’re a corporation or small business or nonprofit— it’s Simon Mainwaring.

Simon is the founder of We First, a social branding consulting firm that helps companies, non-profits and individuals use social media to build communities, profits and positive impact.

He’s has quite the biography: he’s an award-winning branding consultant, New York Times bestselling author, influential blogger, and international speaker. He’s worked with brands like Nike and Motorola, and of course, he’s the founder of We First. He’s also got a million other impressive accomplishments, which you can read about here.

Photo Credit to the We First Facebook

If your nonprofit or social enterprise has the budget for it, Simon will host a seminar from February 1st to 2nd in Marriott Marina del Rey, CA that will focus on social branding. By the way, every attendee gets a free ticket for his or her favorite nonprofit! Thanks Simon.

But mind you, this isn’t just any ordinary seminar with information being lectured to you until your mind explodes. At Simon’s Social Branding Seminar, you’ll walk away with a social branding blueprint.

Fancy-sounding huh? Well, it is. The blueprint is specific to your business or nonprofit. Most importantly, it’s actually do-able. Simon explains that “without a blueprint specific to your business, targeted toward today’s consumer, and leveraging the latest social technologies, a brand cannot hope to connect to their customers in the most meaningful way that will drive their bottom-lines.”

Sure, Simon has the experience and expertise. But, why is he doing what he’s doing – dedicating his knowledge to help brands “build a better world”? He explains his inspiration came from Bill Gate’s speech at the World Economic Forum in 2008. “In this speech he challenged the private sector to think of new ways to help the less fortunate because governments and philanthropies can’t do it alone,” he explains. “I was intrigued by the irony of the world’s richest man now being its greatest philanthropist. I felt a responsibility to work on an answer.”

His answer eventually became his social branding seminar and his award winning book.

If you can’t make it to Simon’s seminar, he’s also the author of “We First: How Brands and Consumers Use Social Media to Build a Better World,” which will benefit your nonprofit or company nevertheless.

In it, Simon shares his expertise and experience on how companies and nonprofits can leverage social media to earn customer trust, positive brand image, customer loyalty, all while maintaining profit and delivering sustainable, social change.

His book answers one of today’s most pressing questions: how to practice capitalism in a way that satisfies the need for both profit and a healthy, sustainable planet.

On Amazon, the book has an overall five out of five-star review from 44 customers, and was chosen by Amazon as one of the Top Ten Business Books for 2011. Gary Vaynerchuk, author of New York Times Bestseller Crush It! says, “We First is more than a must read – it’s a must do. Buy it, act it, and most importantly – LIVE IT!”

The book is available for $14.47 on Amazon. Just a reminder that if you have GlobalMojo installed, up to 2.0% of your Amazon purchase will go to your favorite nonprofit!

Let’s hear it for entrepreneurs using their skills and expertise to make a difference. Way to go, Simon!

GlobalMojo Launches First Ever White Label!

GlobalMojo Launches First Ever White Label!

By Michelle Thai, Marketing Intern

The GlobalMojo team is over-the-top excited to announce our very first white label app. We’ve partnered up with NFL Star Adrian Peterson to bring you the Football For Good Giving Assistant!

Our rockstar techies at GlobalMojo have been working around the clock putting the final touches on the Football For Good app. It is essentially the same as the GlobalMojo Giving Assistant, except this one specifically fights child trafficking and benefits at-risk youth.

Our app will remind you when your purchase counts toward Football For Good!

If you install the Football For Good Giving Assistant, you automatically receive 100 entries to win either an all-expense paid trip to Super Bowl 2012 to meet Adrian Peterson. You can earn an additional 100 entries if you invite a friend to install and use the Football For Good Giving Assistant as well.

Using GlobalMojo’s technology and affiliated retailers, when you shop and book travel online with the Football For Good Giving Assistant installed, GlobalMojo’s retail partners – like Barnes & Noble, Expedia, and Staples – pay a fee, and 50% of that revenue is redirected straight to Football For Good.

Football For Good is Adrian Peterson’s campaign to fight child trafficking and benefit at-risk youth. The money raised through Football For Good will go directly to programs that support youth, help them build self-esteem, stay healthy, stay out of gangs and reduce their risk of falling prey to trafficking.

The Football For Good Giving Assistant is available for free download at www.footballforgood.org.

Our CEO Dan Todd w/ Adrian Peterson!