Today, December 21st, 2011, is my wife Mary’s 40th birthday. Being the great person that she is, she has chosen to donate her birthday to charity:water, our favorite charity.
Normally, when you donate your birthday to charity:water you have a party and people make donations instead of bringing gifts. Without the party, the whole donations in lieu of gifts isn’t going to work. So what I have done is surprised Mary with a special “virtual online party” by using social media and crowdsourcing.
For the past week I have been posting videos and pictures on her Facebook wall. Those videos and photos were produced all over the world by all kinds of different people that I interacted with via crowdsourcing tools. Mary had no idea who the people were in the videos, or how I got all of them to wish her happy birthday. She was stumped.
Here is a recap of the best videos for you to check out: