Another crazy week here at Under Solen HQ that was kicked off with a classic Swedish advent coffee (glögg included). We’ve got lots of wintry adventures in the works, including some sweet slopes and snowshoe routes; we might spend a large part of our time invested in social media, but we’re equally committed to unplugging and spending time outdoors enjoying everything that nature’s got to offer!
But along with adventure planning, here are some of this week’s faves:
We kicked off our Profile series, where we interview movers and shakers in the world of new media. We’re very thankful that eco-journalist and new media celeb Adam Shake volunteered to be our first interviewee, talking about his company Simple Earth Media.
Being a female run business, we’re always excited to work with other super cool, progressive ladies, which is why we’re head over heels about our two latest projects we’re working on: Epic Wheel Works and She Jumps. Be sure to check out both.
Tis the season, and although we try to steer as far as we can away from traditional consumption, we do believe in putting some dollars towards good causes, and we’re excited to announce that the amazing fundraising initiative Passports With Purpose has almost reached double its original goal! (You can help them raise the last few dollars by going here… there are some sweet prizes up for grabs.)
And because we’ve always got travel on the mind: ever wonder what English sounds like to those who don’t speak it? Watch this video to find out.
We’re big believers in the idea that new media can create positive change, and we’re always excited about others that believe the same. Passports With Purpose is exactly that. Last year some amazing travel bloggers came up with the idea of PWP, a fundraising campaign that would harness the power of travel bloggers and raise some money for a good cause during the holiday season. The campaign was so successful that it’s taking place again, this year raising funds to build a school in Cambodia.
The 2009 Passports With Purpose fundraising effort is supporting American Assistance for Cambodia, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving opportunities for the youth and rural poor in Cambodia. If PWP raises $13,000, a new school gets to be built in Cambodia… obviously, we couldn’t resist in taking part. And either should you!
How to partake:
For each $10 donation that you make to AAfC, you will will be entered in the giveaway(s) of your choice. The fundraiser closes on December 21 and all proceeds go directly to AAfC.
What’s up for grabs?
There are some sweet prizes drawings that your donation can get you entered in. Here are just a few:
- Sierra Designs Lightning XT 4 Ultralight Tent
- Flip Mino 60 Minute Video Camcorder
- Two night stay at Shangri La Hotel in Vancouver, B.C.
- Kelty Backpack
That’s only a small selection… see all of the prize offerings and donate by clicking here. So make a commitment to take part in something big this holiday season, and get to donating! And if you can’t do that, blog, Tweet, Facebook and talk to your friends about this cool initiative. We are!