For so long, it's been hard to get conventional media to cover Development Marketplace. Don't get me wrong, there has been some wonderful coverage over the 10 years we have been doing this. But let's face it, these projects from developing countries are small. That's the whole point of DevMarketplace -- we want to find really creative, important ideas when they are small so we can help them grow. So it's been really hard to get the BBC or the New York Times to do big stories.
Flash forward 10 years, and the social media troops are coming to the rescue -- or should I say swarming? Thank you all! The bloggers, tweeters, and social networks are discovering us and lifting us like a wave. Just today, one of the big bloggers on climate change, Bill Hewitt, at the Climate Change blog of the Foreign Policy Association found us and we were so excited to hear what Bill had posted about the competition (reproduced above). He loved it -- because as he points out, living with climate change is going to take lots more solutions from the local level and we need this kind of program to find them. And since you know we love our YouTube channel and our Flips, here's the moment when we found what Bill had posted about us!
Ideas welcome on how we can do more to help all these 100 ideas get the audience they deserve -- and how we get them to the people who need them in China, India, Brazil, and many other countries dealing with the same difficult challenges of a changing climate.