Protecting The People of The Yucatan

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Can you imagine working tirelessly from dawn until dusk, but at the end of the day, not even bringing home minimum wage?  And can you imagine how horrible it would be if minimum wage was $4.65 a day?  Well that is the life of many families, seemingly forgotten in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico.  As the world has evolved and “progressed”, the descendants of the Maya have been left behind, many not even making $1 per day.

These poor families are stuck in a vicious cycle of poverty, where they sometimes don’t even have enough money for food, let alone a proper education for their children.

But something can be done, and you can help.  Our latest infographic highlights the great work that Proyecto Itzaes has been doing in this region since 1995.  Started by Stanford Educator, Cindy Wilber, this organization has impacted thousands of lives by providing children with books so they can learn to read, computers so parents can progress their careers, and direct aid for communities in desperate need of help.

If you have ever traveled to the Yucatán, you know the extreme disparity between rich and poor.  If you were wondering what you could do to help out, here’s your chance:

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Click here to learn more about Proyecto Itzaes and support their work today. Please help us spread the word by posting this update on facebook, twitter, pinterest and everywhere else!

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Animals Asia: It’s Time to End Bear Bile Farming

In several countries across Asia, thousands of bears live a life of torture on bear bile farms, so that their bile can be forcibly extracted and used in traditional medicine. These bears are confined in tiny cages, where they are typically “milked” for bile at least once or twice a day. Although this appalling practice has been going on for a few decades, most people outside of Asia have never heard of bear bile farming and are unaware of the atrocities being committed on these animals.

Our latest partner, Animals Asia, has been working for over 14 years to end this inhumane practice by rescuing and rehabilitating these imprisoned bears, as well as bringing global exposure to this practice.  Check out their infographic and please help us bring exposure to this horrific practice by sharing their work with others.

http://karmastore.org/animalsasia

Self-Sustaining Communities: Building for Change

With election season in full-swing, there has been a lot of focus on poverty, unemployment and education all over the media. Every politician claims to have the solution for these serious issues plaguing millions, but unfortunately many of these “quick fixes” fail to truly solve the crisis at hand. They mostly provide temporary solutions to long-standing problems, serving as a band-aid rather than a permanent solution.

The current model is broken, but it can be fixed.

Our latest partner, Self-Sustaining Communities, has developed a new model for solving the problems of poverty, unemployment and crime. They organize and host community green projects that provide for the basic needs of the individuals, while also strengthening the bonds within the community.  It is an innovative approach that focuses on healing the individual on both a critical needs level, as well as a deeper, transformative level.

It’s time to rethink how we approach the poverty problems in our community. Check our Self-Sustaining Communities dynamic infographic to learn more about their work and how you can help:

http://karmastore.org/selfsustainingcommunities/

Please help show your support for their amazing work by sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and any other way.

Young Dreamer Network: Providing Education Globally

Over 121 million children around the world are out of school because their families cannot afford to pay for their education. 

Did you know that only $83 covers the cost of one month of schooling, which includes tuition, school supplies, transportation and much more?  It’s incredible to think about how a relatively minor amount of money for us can absolutely change a child’s life through the gift of education.

Our latest  partner, The Young Dreamer Network is focused on solving this problem by providing scholarships to children in the third-world to continue their education. They select the most driven and eager students to participate in this program, and help train them to become the future change-agents in their community.

Check out our latest Dynamic Infographic for the Young Dreamer Network to learn more about how you can help.

http://karmastore.org/youngdreamernetwork/

Please help spread awareness and support for this cause by sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and any other way.

Our First Dynamic Infographic: Coral Restoration Foundation

After months of hard work, we are really excited to finally show off Karma Store’s first dynamic infographic for Coral Restoration Foundation. They are an awesome nonprofit working to save one of the world’s most important species, the coral reefs. Did you know that even though coral covers less than 1% of the ocean floor, they support over 25% of all known species in the ocean?

They are being threatened and are close to extinction, and it’s time for us to take action to change this. Check out our dynamic infographic for more information, and please spread awareness and support for this cause by sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and any other way.

http://karmastore.org/coralrestoration/

Let us know what you think about this new style of infographics in the comments below.

Awesome Infographics: The Bright Future of Car Sharing

http://futureofcarsharing.com/

For many, the term infographic implies a static image that boils down a lot of information and data into a simple, compelling story. While many infographics are very successful in telling their stories, they still are little more than a digital poster and can often struggle to keep the reader completely engaged.

I recently came across an amazing infographic that broke a lot of the norms people have come to expect. Rather than the static image, Collaborative Fund has created an interactive infographic that shows the viewer the many benefits of Car Sharing in a very, very cool way.

Before I tell you any more about this, play around with it yourself via the link below:

http://futureofcarsharing.com/

What I love the most about this infographic are the little details that add to the overall experience. Being able to drive the car using the arrow keys gives it a video-game feel; the cute animations for the animals and other background figures engage the viewer and drives them to pay close attention; and the use of both background and foreground objects creates depth in the whole structure. All of these unique details make playing with this infographic truly a joy, while still getting across important information about the increasing popularity of Car Sharing.

Overall, this infographic succeeds tremendously and is a perfect example of one done extremely right. In many ways, it seems like the logical next step in the evolution of the infographic medium. I can only hope other designers take note and start producing more interactive infographics as fun and engaging as this one.

The idea of an interactive infographic is especially relevant to our work at Karma Store because that is exactly what we are trying to build for nonprofits. Although ours may not be as fun as the one above (yet), we can guarantee that it will be equally as engaging and interesting. Look for the launch of our first one very soon.  For a sneak peek, check out our new website at http://www.karmastore.org.

Are interactive infographics the next logical step to the evolution of the infographic? What are some other groups doing infographics right?

New Website, New Look, Same Mission.

Very exciting news today, our new website has officially gone live. Check it out here: http://www.karmastore.org

It has been a lot of work getting from initial idea to final execution, but thankfully we have an amazingly talented team led by the awesome Niti.

The best part of the new website is that it is also a sneak peek of the work we are doing for charities. We are planning on offering charities a more advanced version of this dynamic infographic to help them better tell their story and reach new donors.

For those who remember our old website, which was focused more on creating a mobile platform for charities; Don’t Worry! We are still working on creating that, so stay tuned for news about that.

Our mission has not changed at all, we are still focused on helping better connect charities with new donors, so they can just focus on doing their great work (and not on fundraising).

Let us know your thoughts on our new website. We are always looking for feedback on our work.