Meet an Action Group founder: Ned in Cincinnati

by April Greene on June 17, 2014

Ned Hamson is a writer, editor, and nonprofit consultant "devoted to making the earth whole for people of all races and origins." That sounds like a full plate, but Ned's also making time this year to be an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati, and to helm an Idealist Action Group called "Cincinnati Can Do It."

What gives him the energy for all these endeavors?

"The potential for progress in many parts of the globe at the same time excites me," he explains, "as well as everyone sharing their stories—so folks know they are not alone."

Ned and a fellow AmeriCorps volunteer at work on an urban gardening project

"I have been a journalist and information-sharer for more than 50 years," he continues. "I see or hear something, and then share it with people who I know need the information. I have also helped people organize around issues of interest to the community and have worked on a number of election campaigns and policy issues."

In his Action Group, Ned is looking for passionate people with the will to get things done. He plans to use social media to communicate with other Connectors and recruit new people who might be interested in joining the Network but who are not currently active in the world of social good.

"My work is full-time right now, so finding time for the Action Group is the biggest challenge," he says. "But I think using social media more will help—when applied well, it seems it can be used to almost multiply or expand time."

Big picture, Ned wants his Action Group's impact to reach beyond its current time and place.

"I want to help assure those who come after us that caring and working together works for the whole system," he says.

Live near Cincinnati? Check out what the city's Team and Action Group are up to.

Want to talk with Ned about how social media can help the Network gain traction in Ohio? Reach out to him through Idealist.

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