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What kind of world do you want?

Thanks to everyone who has let me know about this charity for Autism Speaks over the last couple of weeks. Here are the details:


Autism Speaks created a music video of the Five for Fighting song, "World", which features images of autistic children and their families. It is a truly moving video and was the work of Bill Shea.


The band is generously donating $0.49 to Autism Speaks for each time the video is viewed - the funding goes toward research studies to help find a cure. When you have a moment, please visit the link below to watch the video and pass it along to your friends and family. They are aiming for 10,000 hits, but hopefully we can help them to surpass this goal.


To view the video, click here.


So many cool things happening these days on the internet. Love this opportunity to do good in this crazy medium of connectivity.


Speaking of connectivity, I got to chat with Kevin Bacon on the phone yesterday (that was when Paolo was playing blanket train with Simon). As the founder of SixDegrees.org he was the originator of that spectacular contest that so many of you generously participated in over the last few months.


It was really cool to get the opportunity to thank him personally for taking a chance on such a cool charity set-up. Our conversation was an interview that will be available as a podcast on the Six Degrees site soon (I think next week). We talked about the how I heard about the contest, my personal connection with autism, what the whole thing meant to me, connectivity, the power of people, one + one, etc. It was cool. He is cool.


They chatted with each of the top 6 badges so I am excited to hear from the others about their experience.


And, we did come out on top.


Awesome.

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101 thoughts

  1. Elizabeth says…
    04/14/2007

    congratulations!
    isn't it beautiful to see how so much good can come from people helping people?
    lovely.

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  2. jennifer davis says…
    04/14/2007

    I am so happy for you Ali! :) Congratulations on reaching your goal...it's been so fun to be a part of this journey with you!

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  3. kimberly says…
    04/14/2007

    Thank you for sharing your family journey with us all and allowing/ motivating us to be a part of the bigger picture. And for all the glimpses into your life/ art. Very cool. Congratulations!

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  4. scrappysue says…
    04/14/2007

    Ali, you are so cool. I would have totally freaked out if Kevin Bacon had called me on the phone. Many congratulations, and here's to hope for all those touched by Autism. Happy, happy Saturday.

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  5. Becky Dustin says…
    04/14/2007

    Ali, I am so happy that we were able to help you meet your goal. Thanks so much for giving a glimpse into your life and sharing your journey with us. I am so glad you were in the top 6. To raise that much money and educate people about autism...is amazing!!!

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  6. Amy says…
    04/14/2007

    Congratulations, Ali - what a beauuutiful statement made by one and all. Amy

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  7. Marty says…
    04/14/2007

    very sweet video and song....
    congratulations on doing so exceedingly well on the badge!

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  8. lynda says…
    04/14/2007

    wow, i knew u were gonna hook up with kevin b somehow. how cool, i wonder if he has gone to your blog?
    i'm so glad u came out on top. that's just amazing.
    love the pictures of simon busy with paolo...how cool
    well i'm off to see the video

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  9. Molly Irwin says…
    04/14/2007

    ali, I have been a long time Kevin Bacon fan. I'm a bit older than you and can remember his start. It is apparent that he is very cool, you just can't fake that. Met his wife Kyra in a grocery store in the Bershires about 10 11 years ago and thought, now she's cool too. This is off track. My point here: so happy for you in this endeavor and I cannot wait to hear the interview.

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  10. Laura Reaux says…
    04/14/2007

    Ali, I would not be surprised in the least bit if Oprah had a show featuring the whole Six Degrees thing. That would be incredible. Congrats on making #1!

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  11. afranklin16 says…
    04/14/2007

    How awesome Ali. Really made my day to hear the wonderful news.

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  12. nancy in ks says…
    04/14/2007

    never had a doubt. you and everything you touch are awesome.

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  13. Melissa says…
    04/14/2007

    Awesome news! congratulations!!!

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  14. Trish says…
    04/14/2007

    Wow! You just made my day girlie! Congrats to you and to everyone who participated!

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  15. katie says…
    04/14/2007

    wow--so cool Ali!! love all the energy your badge created--truly awesome!!

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  16. Jen says…
    04/14/2007

    That is so fantastic! So fantastic I have tears.
    Can't wait to hear the conversations he KB had with and the other badge owners. :)
    Fantastic! (my word of late)

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  17. Kimberly White says…
    04/14/2007

    Woo hoo! What an amazing way to change the world Ali! Thanks for allowing me to be apart of that (I was very excited when they opened it up to Canadian residents as well!). Hope you have a wonderful day! Kim PS. How cool that you got to speak with Kevin Bacon.

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  18. Amy Hummel says…
    04/14/2007

    Very cool about chatting with Kevin Bacon. You did an amazing job with the contest. I'm glad your charity came out on top. Go team!

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  19. Aimee Houston says…
    04/14/2007

    I love that you said, "got to chat with Kevin Bacon today..." as if it was the most normal thing in the world! lol!!
    I do think what you are doing on behalf of you son and all children with autism is awesome!

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  20. marlo says…
    04/14/2007

    Congrats!
    Congrats!
    Congrats!
    Oh...and lucky you for speaking with Kevin Bacon.

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  21. Janine says…
    04/14/2007

    Wow chatting with Kevin Bacon. We are a little behind TV episodes in NZ but he was on Ellen this week talking about Six degrees. Generous man. So pleased you got to talk to him and so pleased that Autism reached so many people in different ways and came out on top at the end of all of this.

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  22. Kelly says…
    04/14/2007

    I just sent that link to everyone in my address book. Great job Ali!!

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  23. kath says…
    04/14/2007

    I have been so emotional lately. That video was beautiful and I had tears streaming down my face the entire time.
    How COOL to talk to Kevin Bacon!
    CONGRATS on coming out on top!!! Awesome!
    See you in a few days...the tags looks GREAT!

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  24. Sally in Mass says…
    04/14/2007

    Very Cool, Ali!
    and by the way, your friend Poalo seems like a fantastic person!
    Thanks for all you have done to raise awareness!

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  25. noell says…
    04/14/2007

    Congratulations, Ali. That is really amazing.

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