I took a page from Linda’s book the other night and put myself down by tuning into the Daily Show. I like Jon Stewart, nothing against him, but his shtick gets old to me, as does Stephen Colbert’s. For this reason I am not a habitual watcher, but am usually amused when I do.
Monday’s episode was especially captivating, due in large part to featured guest Ben Rattray. This guy is the whole package. He founded the website change.org, a social platform for grass root movements in which anyone can start a petition and solicit supporters. Handsome, highly motivated, strong moral fiber, and witty to boot.
Great interview skills:Vodpod videos no longer available.
True story: Ben was a senior at Stanford, with plans to become an i-banker, when his brother came out of the closet as a homosexual. His brother admitted his problem was not with homophobes, who are inherently ignorant, but with all the educated, informed people who watch impassively as the gay community faces injustices and adversity.
This prompted him to take action and start a website to fight the problem of apathy suffered by people the world over (myself included, guiltily). Change.org does not limit itself to any political party or viewpoint, anything and everything is fair game. Sample petitions:
President Obama: Sign the Executive Order Adding LGBT Workplace Protections to Millions of American Jobs
Take a look, sign a few petitions, even the smallest action can contribute to a bigger whole.
Oh, and Ben – SHA-wing, and good job!