LA-based GOOD Magazine donates 100% of your $20 magazine subscription to a non-profit that you choose. Just reading the dozen organizations is inspiring. And the magazine is actually really good, both content and design -wise.

Gifting organic shirts with meaning to friends. Take for starts, a purchase of the black shirt with a white-and-red heart funds 3 mosquito bed nets in Africa.Here’s my personal favorite: Method‘s play on the “I’m not a plastic bag” phenomenon with their “plastic bag rehab” bag. Give greener.

The New York Times this week declared Bags are the fashion. Reusable shopping bags, that is — not exactly breaking news, but a good reminder anyway. Reuse your favorite shopping bags and stop wasting new ones!

I just recently started organizing Geek Dinners in the Bay Area.  We had a good turn out for our first “official” Geek Dinner.  About 20 people showed up to eat with us.  It was great!  I must admit though, I had an “evil plan” when organizing the Geek Dinner.  Mmuuuhahahaa!  Ok, it wasn’t actually an “evil plan”.  I just think it’s fun to say that.  So, here’s the plan…

At each Geek Dinner, I’m going to try to do a Giving 2.0 thing along with it.  So, I created the next Geek Dinner for next week.  Since I spoke with Kevin, the Community Service Liaison at the UCSF Children’s Hospital, I thought it would be a good idea to ask for trinkets for the kids at the Geek Dinner.  So, if you’re planning on joining us for dinner, bring some trinkets for the kids.  The trinkets can be pencils, stickers, erasers, or any fun little kid thing.

I hope you can join us for Geek Dinner 1.0.8.3.  Sign up on Upcoming.  There’s a limited guestlist.

Last night I went to a LinkedIn Q&A Event called Real Guy Kawasaki interviews Fake Steve Jobs at the Computer History Museum.  It was a hilarious event!   Thanks to Terry Chay, I even got the chance to meet Fake Steve Jobs, a.k.a Dan Lyons, after the event.  He’s a very nice guy and likes the idea of Giving 2.0.🙂

This event was sponsored by LinkedIn and, of course, there was food. LinkedIn bought many pizzas, soda, and water for the event and there was a lot leftover.  I bet you can tell where I’m going with this already.  So, after the event Mark Jen, Rose Kwok, Terry Chay, Kay Luo, and Mario Sundar helped me load up my vehicle with all of the drinks that were leftover. And this morning I took them to the Goodwill in South San Jose.

I was happy to have had the chance to meet some new people and help donate the leftovers. Thank you LinkedIn!🙂

I called the UCSF Children’s Hospital a while ago to see if we could bring Halloween candy to the children at the hospital.  I  spoke with Kevin, the Community Service Liaison at the Children’s Hospital.   He said that it would be a better idea to get trinkets for the kids, since sugar isn’t healthy for sick kids.  He also mentioned that they do Bingo nights and various other activities for the children at the hospital which they also need trinkets for.  I thought it might be a good idea if we give trinkets after Halloween, for their other activities.  We can get a little more organized and have more time to put something together that way.  What do you think of going to buy trinkets for the kids and having dinner afterward?

Last week, while listening to the radio, I heard that Chili’s Grill & Bar is raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During the month of September, you can contribute by making a donation, for which you’ll receive a Create-A-Pepper coloring sheet. Completed coloring sheets will be proudly displayed in restaurants for the month of September.

St. Jude is a hospital that treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. It’s also a place where all patients accepted for treatment are treated without regard to the family’s ability to pay. So, I thought that it would be great if we can help out.

So, I started thinking, maybe we can get a bunch of people to eat at Chili’s and make donations, before September ends? I talked about this idea with Mark Arevalo last week. Mark suggested that we do a Giving 2.0 dinner at Chili’s. So, I set up an event on Upcoming.org for dinner at Chili’s in Mountain View. Join us for dinner, donating, and getting creative.🙂

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