I’m hoping many of you are like me and wonder how many more “SELFIE’s” can some of your facebook friends post? Sadly, “SELFIE” is word of the year, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Posting a picture of yourself, taken on your mobile device, along with the hashtag #selfie, has become one of the defining features of the new social media world created by the spread of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and so on.

I came across a fantastic article today, called “Forget The Selfie.  Let’s Make 2013 The Year Of The Unselfie by Matthew Bishop on about #GivingTuesday, which is TODAY, December 3rd.  #GivingTuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.   In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday, we want the giving community to come together for #GivingTuesday.

I love how he ties in the opportunity to turn around the trend of vanity and self-absorbtion and replace it with the simple act of giving, selflessly.  My kids are 4 & 6 and I’m looking for ways to instill the concept of giving and generosity to them.

Here are some great resources on how you can share #givingtuesday with your family

To mark this #givingtuesday, anyone who wants to celebrate the powerful positive role that giving plays in our world is being asked to share their own unselfie on social media.

It is really easy to create an unselfie. First, write clearly on a piece of paper what cause or causes you will be supporting this #givingtuesday. Maybe you are giving some money, or volunteering some time; you can mention more than one, if you are giving to more than one. Then, because this is about the causes not you, hold the piece of paper in front of your face, showing your personal giving pledge, and take a picture. Add the hashtags #givingtuesday and #unselfie. Then Tweet, Instagram, Facebook and email it as widely as possible.

Here is my example of an unselfie:



Check out #givingtuesday , and get motivated by other people’s unselfies, by googling #givingtuesday and #unselfie. On December 3rd your unselfie can help fill cyberspace with an inspiring global celebration of the power of giving to build a better world. 2013 may be the year of the selfie, but maybe by starting now, 2014 can be the year of the unselfie.

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  1. Love this concept and it is so true about how self absorbed we are as a society. Now we have “Brown Thursday”….I thought it was supposed to be Thanksgiving and a time to reflect with family. Unselfie is so fitting for this time of year! I’ll have to post mine!

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