This is his story:
I’ve been honored by The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, The Government of Nova Scotia, and The World Economic Forum. My work has been covered by The Globe & Mail, CBC, CNN,Global Voices, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Mashable. I’ve been called everything from a “hack” who is an “idiot” to an “incredible social good champion” who is “shaping the future of social good”.
Most (but not all) of my work focuses on Bangladesh – which is where my parents are from. They are survivors of the 1971 War of Liberation (which created what is now known as Bangladesh). Their negative experiences from that war is why they left Bangladesh and why I was born and raised in Canada instead. Many in my family who left Bangladesh never want to go back – but that’s part of the reason which draws me to Bangladesh.
I know I can’t single-handedly end global poverty. My goal is to help raise awareness by sharing my story with others. It’s my hope that, through sharing these stories and showing the specific impact I am having, people will start to imagine the complexity behind the issue of global poverty. Despite all it’s complexity, I still believe we can be the generation that ends extreme global poverty.
I also hope that my project can change the conversation on global poverty. When I started this project, the conversation charities were having about global poverty was all about guilt. The only way people saw global poverty was through black & white pictures of emaciated crying children – with an ominous voice (or celebrity spokesperson) saying that if we don’t donate a cup of coffee worth of money a day they will die.
As I have been trying to prove with this project – there is a better way to engage people on the issue of global poverty. I don’t claim to have all the answers but I do believe that what we call “social media” can be used for more than just a mere fundraising and marketing platform. I believe the realpotential is that we can finally hear what the poor have to say and help them exactly as they wish to be helped – and portrayed.