I’ve said it a thousand times. I’ll probably say it a thousand more.
But I’ll never say it again without recognizing I have no clue what it feels like to be truly thirsty.
I’ll never know the pain of having to walk 6 hours to find a source of clean drinking water, or carry that water on my back another 6 hours to bring it to my son. I turn on the tap and clean water flows out, and I walk to any one of the 20 bodegas on my block and choose from a myriad of overly designed bottles (or cartons or tubes) of spring, mountain, or even re-packaged NYC tap water.
Quirky recently teamed up with the philanthropic organization charity: water and my perspective was forever changed. There is a water crisis. But unlike so many of the other seemingly insurmountable problems facing the world today, the water crisis is solvable. IN MY LIFETIME.
I didn’t know much about charity: water except that as far as charities went they produced rather beautiful content, and felt more like a cool millennial brand than a typical charity. It was the Quirky community who suggested we partner with charity: water, and from my first step into their office (literally, see below) I knew the community had nailed it. charity: water changed the social good game with a transparent infrastructure that allows for complete accountability – so you can see exactly how they spend each and every penny collected to work with local boots on the ground to support operations and execute “water projects” that bring clean drinkable water to those who need it most. charity: water isn’t a movement. It’s a well oiled machine with strategic and tactical plans that deliver results.
Lissa Regets & I visit charity:water HQ
So we’ve launched the Water Changes Everything Invention Challenge to do our part in supporting their incredible mission. It’s easy to participate because we all drink, wash, and use water everyday, and we can all think of new/better ways to conserve and enjoy that water. From washing dishes to washing the dog, watering plants to slip & sliding, submit your water inventions to the challenge to make a difference. Submissions will be judged on their market potential because Quirky will be donating the profits from the winning invention sales to charity:water!
The challenge is open starting today – World Water Day – until April 23rd. Follow @Quirky on twitter for daily challenge inspiration. If you don’t have an idea yourself, check out the “needs my help” tab on your Quirky dashboard and contribute to others’ ideas. Or share our challenge with your network. Or donate directly to charity:water via our Quirky donation page here.