Hey! Welcome to the What Difference blog.
What is What Difference?
What Difference is a concept born from a simple question:
“What difference can I make in this world and how?”
Whilst I was asking myself this question, I wondered how many other people were asking the same thing and so I started to ask people about the difference they were making in the world. It soon became clear that we’re all making a difference and that to not make a difference would take much more work than simply living a life.
I also began hearing that people would like to make more of a difference in their communities but were often unsure how, and those who were sure felt that a large commitment was required of them. The two questions that followed give What Difference its life blood:
How can I find out ways of making a difference in my community as-and-when I’m able to do so in a way that’s flexible and enjoyable?
How can I let people in my community know that there’s a way they can make a difference?
What Difference is my answer to both of these questions.
Who is What Difference for?
Put simply, it’s for all of us.
As individuals, as businesses, as parents, as mentors, teachers, students, plumbers, community members, as humans.
We’re already making differences in this world, many of which we haven’t yet recognised and What Difference provides a place for those who want to be a contribution even more than you already are.
How will it work?
As I see it at the moment there will be two main needs that will be fulfilled by the What Difference website.
The first action is to let people in your community know of specific ways they can make a difference.
Here are some examples of the kinds of things people might let you know about:
Hi, I’m George. I’m moving into your local area on Friday 15th at 2pm and I could really do with a hand unloading the van. Are you free to help out?
We’re a local care home and we need someone to read to our residents on Wednesday at 3pm for one hour. Would you like to do this?
I’m planting some new flowers in my garden ready for spring and would be very grateful for any willing volunteers to lend a helping hand.
The second action is being able to commit to making a difference.
Once you’ve found a way of making a difference you’ll be able to commit your time to making that request a realisation. Commiting to a specific action will inform the requester of your interest and provide them a means of contacting you. It will then be up to them to decide and confirm that commitment using a simple user interface.
There may be times when a requester is looking for someone quite specific to help them. Perhaps another parent, someone with a certain teaching qualification or someone with an interest in their given area of expertise. Because of this and for the safety of all our users, requesters must “accept” or “deny” each offer to establish that their needs are met correctly.
Will I see everything or just requests for my local community?
You’ll be able to subscribe to specific areas as well as being able to see the live feed of global requests being added.
When a request is made, it’ll be made for a specific location such as Cambridge, West London, Manchester. You’ll be able to subscribe to the areas you’re interested in hearing about and these requests will show on your home screen.
Why the blog?
I believe that the more transparent and visible we are, the stronger our What Difference community will become.
I’ll be using this blog to keep you updated about the goings-on of What Difference, what’s currently being worked on, what’s planned for the future, what’s been done and much more.
To begin with I’ll be writing a lot about the process of creating What Difference. Work has already begun and our pre-registration form is ready. This will allow you to connect with What Difference through Facebook’s secure authentication system and to register your interest in being a member.
Those who signup during this initial phase will be invited to beta test the website before it goes live to the public. I’ll write another blog post about the timeline and my hopes for the next few months.
Anyone who’s interested in keeping up-to-date with the latest goings on at What Difference, the progress being made, changes, updates and much more should watch this space…
…and click Register below to make sure you’re included in the beta testing!