Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Obama Turns to Crowdfunding to Aid Fleeing Syrians

As the New York Times reported, "Syrian refugees continue to flee the violence at home, President Obama is turning to the modern tools of Silicon Valley entrepreneurship as a supplement to the more traditional means of humanitarian relief. At the request of officials from the White House Office of Digital Strategy, the crowdfunding website Kickstarter has begun its first social service campaign aimed at raising money for the United Nations refugee agency on behalf of Syrian refugees." 

Here is my 10/7 talk on NPR's Press Play with Madeleine Brand: http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/press-play-with-madeleine-brand 

How effective is this? They raised $700,000 in six hours. Six hours. For more, visit the links below. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/07/world/middleeast/obama-turns-to-crowdfunding-to-aid-fleeing-syrians.html?_r=0http://qz.com/519438/kickstarter-just-crowdsourced-a-million-dollars-for-syrian-refugees/http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kickstarter-syrian-refugees_5613f2e5e4b022a4ce5f90adhttp://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/06/kickstarter-pairs-with-unhcr-to-help-syrian-refugees-after-white-house-callless

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