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Blog Action Day: Use the Web to Fight Poverty

You may not know October 15 is Blog Action Day, a day when bloggers join hands to discuss a singular topic. This year, the topic is poverty.

To lend a hand to the cause, I wrote up how the web can help end poverty on Wired’s How-To wiki. It talks about how you can lend a hand through community action, contributing microloans to entrepreneurs in need and helping children and adults break out of the circle of poverty.

Opposite of its acronym (BAD), Blog Action Day is actually a good idea. Though if it wasn’t backed by the United Nations, I probably would’ve confused it with any number of online “send to ten of your friends” pyramid scheme emails. In San Francisco, it’s an issue I see every day and feel pretty strongly about. It’s also a tough issue to tackle — one that can only benefit from strong debate.

It’s not too late to join in. If you’ve got a blog, write up some thoughts and share your ideas. If you don’t, contribute to the wiki page or add your voice to comments below.