The Power Of ActiveRain: An Idea Comes To Life

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I'm thrilled with the response so far. Thank you!

cybercommunitySo many of you responded favorably to the notion that the ActiveRain cyber-community is uniquely suited to becoming a resource for helping real estate agents impact the cyle of poverty in their local communities, places they can see and touch. (If you are just now stumbling on this idea, some background reading may help you. Please read "The Poverty Gap Is Growing: What Can We Do?" and "Harnessing The Power Of The ActiveRain Community: An Idea.")

The idea was and is a simple one. I'd like to state it now as an actionable statement.

We will focus the collective energy of many willing real estate professionals to create a website, based on blog technology, that would specifically highlight information and actionable ideas in the following four areas:

  • Renter Content: rent to own strategies, good tennant plans, renter marketing.
  • Builder Content: working with builders to encourage low income projects
  • Local Government & Association Content: how to be an advocate for the empoverished
  • Education Programs Content: for existing community groups, for broker sponsored events, for elementary and high school classrooms.
I am personally convinced that this community will generate a tremendous amount of energy around this topic. I also believe the quality of the content will attract other organizations already engaged in the battle against poverty.

In my last post, I asked you to respond to some names.

I registered several names and put them up for discussion. The overwhelming consensus was that the following two were the best: RainOfHope.com and RainForChange.com. My initial leanings were toward RainOfHope.com, but I agree with many of the commenters, hope is nice and needed, but change is what we're after.

So, I'm suggesting we go with RainForChange.com!

How will this work? A TypePad Pro blogging account will provide the perfect platform for this endeavor. It is extremely powerful and simple to use. RealEstateShows.com will cover the very minimal monthly costs for this service and our team will work on the logo design and other design aspects of the site. The TypePad Pro account will allow us to invite as many guest authors as is necessary. The guest authors will have full editing and posting control. However, it will NOT be necessary to write original content specifically for the site, though that would certainly be great.

Why? One of the original goals was to use the ActiveRain platform as a source. We are all strapped for time. Posts can and should be written on ActiveRain or the guest authors own blogs. RainForChange.com guest authors will be responsible for pointing readers to content and adding editorial and instructional comments about the use of the information in the fight against poverty. RainForChange.com then becomes a repository of ideas and knowledge, gleaned from many sources. It provides direction and focus. The ideas will come from many sources. (This is a working concept and certainly open for any level of debate.)

We will need a volunteer staff to monitor the organization of the ideas, to insure that posts are categorized properly and to make certain the material presented is truly directed towards the goal. 

We're still in the idea phase... but moving toward action! Your input is invaluable. I'd like to hear which of the areas above you feel you might be able to contribute content for and, of course, any other ideas you think are necessary to improve on the basic concepts and move this forward.

 

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Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

All... I'd like EVERYONE to begin thinking about how we move this even more laser focused. John Novak said, "I'm wondering if 'poverty' is too broad. The four bullet points all tend toward 'affordable housing' which is something I think we can really put a laser focus on."

I agree with this. Getting more people to homeownership will do a great deal for breaking the cycle of poverty. Our thoughts need to focus on two things:

  1. How we can write for professionals in a way that presents ideas for addressing affordable housing in their local communities.
  2. How we can write for consumers in a way that teaches them how to achieve the american dream. 
Jan 20, 2007 02:39 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
John Novak... I've spent some time at the REALTOR® Good Neighbor site and think it has some nuggets there, but it's focus is extremely broad. It is about general fundraising, volunteer work and not related to any one specific are. I think your comment "I'm wondering if 'poverty' is too broad. The four bullet points all tend toward 'affordable housing' which is something I think we can really put a laser focus on." Is a very, very good one. I'm going to be spending some time trying to take that and work this even further toward an actionable vision.
Jan 20, 2007 02:46 AM #32
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Dena Stevens
Rocky Mountain Realty - Canon City, CO
Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004
Thank you Jeff! I just left a comment on Fran Whites blog, where she refers back to this blog. I would like to see (I need) some specific actions I can take in my community. A recipe if you will of actionable tasks to take.
Jan 20, 2007 02:51 AM #33
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
FRAN... thanks for the assistance!
Jan 20, 2007 02:51 AM #34
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
Dena... that's what this is all about. I believe, when this is ready, it becomes a place where these specific idea can live and grow. I believe we're all like you. We want to know WHAT we can do, not just that we should do it. RainForChange.com is meant to be a place to collect and share the "what can I do" information.
Jan 20, 2007 02:53 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Dena Stevens
Rocky Mountain Realty - Canon City, CO
Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004
Cool! I will follow threw! The point of Fran Whites blog was  that we all need to follow up on what we have said here.
Jan 20, 2007 03:13 AM #36
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
You can get a preview of the RainForChange.com site here.
Jan 20, 2007 09:54 AM #37
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Hubba...It looks great. I wanted to stop by and let you know I left a comment there but it didn't take. I went back to the site so I could add it to my favorites and my comment is gone?

Also, I want to tell you that this is one of the best things I have ever seen come out of Active Rain. We are so blessed to have you and that kind heart of yours amongst us. Okay I done getting all mushy about this. I just feel so inspired by all this. Please let Broker Bryant and I know what we can do to help.

TLW...ROAR!

Jan 20, 2007 12:38 PM #38
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

TLW... thank you! What more can I say.

As for your comment over there, I had to rebuild the site. There was a problem that couldn't be corrected in the way it was set up. So, any comments were lost. It's all better now.  :)

 

Jan 20, 2007 01:14 PM #39
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Curt Swearengin
Restoration Construction Team - Tampa, FL

Jeff I would like to help as well

On a sort of what I can do approach. I have from time to time gone to Church's in the inter-city of Detroit to speak to youth groups about credit. One of the posts I had done prior I had alluded to the fact that when I was in High School I had to take a home economics class to teach me how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich so that I did not starve to death. But nowhere in our education system do they teach the youth about credit or even how to write a check. You would be surprised how many High Schoolers can not write a check.

I don't know how your forum will work. But I would be willing to address these issues and with the communities help I would be willing to visit Detroit High Schools to educate. Let me know how I can help and what you think of this idea

Thanks,

Curt Swearengin

Jan 20, 2007 02:28 PM #40
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Diane Rice
Diane Rice, Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - South Holland, IL
SFR, SRES, CNC

Well Jeff, what can i say? 

First, i will thank GOD for you.....only HE has the "hearts of kings" in HIS hand, and as the rivers of water, HE turns the heart in the direction that will produce HIS purposes.  Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.  You spoke. You produced. 

Secondly, i thank Active Rain for allowing a platform such as this. 

Thirdly, i thank God for the "Rain For Change" members who have heard, and are responding to this call from it's designated leader, YOU.  These are those that have an "ear" to hear, and are ready to ACT to bring this to total fruition. Thank you Active Rainers for Change!!! 

THANK YOU JEFF! CONGRATULAIONS!  I COMMEND YOU & WILL COMMIT TO PRAYING THIS THROUGH 

(We have taken steps that i will share with you through the "RainforChange" site. - i did originate a "challenges" group here for the purpose of interacting with those facing similar challenges.)

Jan 20, 2007 03:38 PM #41
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

Curt... yes, yes, yes. I think this is an area where our professionals can craft "curriculum" for use in school presentations. The post can be mini lesson plans designed to make it simpler for real estate professionals everywhere to go and speak. Many won't, not for lack of desire, but because they don't understand where to start. We need an army of professionals in schools everywhere educating our nations children about credit, saving, and old fashioned wealth building. They need to know that wealth CAN be built from very little, if you understand how to the banks to your advantage, on both side of the lending equation. This is one of the specific areas I'd like to address more specifically as we move forward.

Diane...  Thank you for your prayers and great idea in starting the challenges group! I am going to post this there as well!

Jan 20, 2007 05:31 PM #42
Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL
Hey Jeff - just wanted to let you know your post was featured in the week in review:

Active Rain - Week in Review 01/15/07 to 01/21/07

Jan 22, 2007 04:34 AM #43
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
Ines, thank you! We need all the exposure we can get!!!
Jan 22, 2007 05:43 AM #44
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Teri Isner
Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes - Orlando, FL
GRI, CRS, CIPS

Jeff this reminds me of Linda Norton who as a realtor struggling with a brain tumor still managed to convert a hotel and help the homeless in her area.   We all can help there is no excuse.  Great blog!

Jan 22, 2007 11:14 AM #45
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
Teri, that's a great story. Can you write a post about it?
Jan 22, 2007 11:25 AM #46
Rainer
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inactive AR account
Dayton, OH

Jeff- WOW!  Congratulations on moving this sublimely simple but profoundly powerful idea forward. 

 

Jan 22, 2007 10:14 PM #47
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
I'm going to have more in a bit. Need to get it focused a bit tighter. THANK YOU!
Jan 23, 2007 05:18 AM #48
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
All... I have started the new group, Rain For Change. Let's see if we can make some noise.
Feb 27, 2007 08:17 AM #49
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

It's time to get the focus of the Rain For Change group back on track. If you posted to the Rain For Change group and it's now deleted, it's not because the post was not well intended or inspirational. They were. It's because I want to try and get the group back to it's originally stated mission.

This is also NOT personal. I deleted almost all of my wife's posts to the Rain For Change group too and I really like her a lot. :)
May 10, 2007 08:32 AM #50
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