Everyone agrees something's off. Whatever your worldview, we have a general understanding of
what's right and what's wrong; We all agree that hunger and homelessness feel like unending problems
that every community suffers from. What are we supposed to do?
I have an idea but I need your help to carry it out.
Finding and fulfilling
local needs through
My mission as a #DigitalMissionary is to create, equip and connect local churches in and around
the communities I'm part of so that we can optimize our efforts in the fight against poverty.
with the kind hearted.
Communities are made up of individuals like you. You interact in several different communities
on a daily basis. Between work, school, and your favorite coffee place, you're part of several
communities who have, on some level, something in common with you. What if you could work
together with these communities and focus all of the potential energy between you and those
you co-exist with, towards solving the problem of poverty that lives on the fringe of
every community that we're part of?
In Illinois alone, 1 out of 8 adults and
1 in 5 children suffer from food insecurity.
Through the utilization of the Digital Missionary Reporting System, we can
begin to solve the #problemofpoverty
We might not agree on what's wrong in
the world, but we do agree on how to fix it: feed the hungry, clothe the needy, house the homeless. We don't have to agree on the
#why, but we can agree on the #how.
Not everyone who has resources wants to #help, and that's fine. That's their choice. It's their right as Americans not to be required to give charity to the poor. It's our choice as “good people” to stand together.
We all agree that something isn’t quite right with our world; something’s broken.
We can’t quite agree about what’s broken, or quite how to fix it. I believe that
before we can fix the problem, we need to agree on a system that
quantifies needs into quantifiable properties. It's through quantifying the
following properties that we can exponentially optimize
our efforts in the fight against poverty.
Every element of poverty has a physical location. If we were more aware of our local needs, we might be more giving.
I believe charity and need are two sides of the same coin: poverty. Whether begging on the street or working in billion dollar companies, we’re in this together
I believe poverty can be classified into 1 of 5 different stages (or elements) of poverty: Safety, Shelter, Food, Clothing, Employment
Velocity describes several variables that give all those attempting to help a better insight to someone’s need without having to share their identity.
Whether we like each other or not, we all stand united in the fight against poverty.
These are the two major components of any (truly) benevolent charity.
These are people who have benevolent intentions and want to #help the communities in and around the neighborhoods that they work, live and play in. Digital Missionaries describes anyone who wants to utilize technology in order to increase the effectiveness of their personal outreach.
In order to increase our effectiveness in the fight against poverty, I believe we need to optimize the way we communicate between those in #need and those who can #help. The current model of the Ecosystem of Poverty is inefficient and ineffective.
We already have access to the solution, we just have to understand how to use it.
The following tools are simple, yet powerful. It's through understanding, utilizing
and sharing needs around our communities that we can begin to bring their
need coefficients down to zero.
The form above populates the map to the left. It's not pretty, but it works.
The map to the left is populated with map pins of the zipcodes shared via the form above. It's ugly. It's clunky
(but it works)
The purpose of this map is to show you the number of people total who have made a stand in their communities against poverty. Is your zipcode listed? If not, you may have to refresh the page (which you can do so by clicking here.)
In the scientific community, it's been agreed upon that math is a universal language
of the universe. I've discovered a way to quantify our positions in the Ecosystem of
Poverty and increase the communication between those in need, those who have and
those who want to #help.
Are you someone who wants to make a bigger difference in the communities around them, but you have much time in your schedule or funds for yourself?
Maybe you're part of a benevolent group or organization looking to improve their outreach potential in one or more of the five different elements of poverty.
Down on your luck? Trying to look up but all you see is cloudy skies? Trust me, I've been there, I know how it feels. That's why I've been inspired to create the #DMRS
(A WORK IN PROGRESS)
I'm one guy. I'm one guy working with a big God. I'm Christian, but
you don't have to be. My worldview is simple: while poverty is always
going to be among us, we're still to take care of it as if we could fix it.
If you also believe that hungry people should be fed and homeless
people should be housed, then why can't we work together?
This is my attempt to say that we can, and that when we do, we can make
a bigger impact in the communities around us.
Please be aware, this site is under construction. It's ugly, but I think I get my point across. I believe I've discovered a way to exponentially increase our efforts in the fight against poverty: an adapter if you will, between the analog and digital communities we all live in.