WiserEarth.org Goes Multilingual and Plans to Bring International Sustainability Offline in Paris
WiserEarth.org, a nonprofit that offers social networking for the international sustainability movement, launched today in French, Portuguese and Spanish beta versions. This effort was realized thanks to more than 10 months of work by a team of 43 volunteer translators based in Brazil, France, Mexico and the US.
French, Portuguese and Spanish speakers can now connect with like-minded people on WiserEarth, set up their own groups, and search easily for information on nonprofits and social change organizations all over the world.
WiserEarth offers a free and ad-free network to a vibrant member base of 37,000+ people from 231 countries, regions and territories. It is an innovative alternative to commercial social networking sites such as Facebook and Orkut, and contains over 2,000 member-created groups and 110,000 organizations in its directory.
The site was launched three years ago on Earth Day by environmentalist, writer and visionary, Paul Hawken. WiserEarth has stood the test of time and become a valuable resource for activists, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and changemakers working towards a just and sustainable world.
WiserEarth has also been connecting communities on the ground. In Paris, France, WiserEarth, NetSquared and La Ruche launched its first WiserTuesday/NetSquared gatherings, face-to-face meetups for people interested in social change, sustainability and technology to meet, share ideas and experiences. Those have now spread to London, UK and Monrovia, Liberia. From these meetings spawned the creation of a Social Innovation Camp, also called Campfire Europe in Paris this June. This will be an unconference where social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and individuals will share and discuss innnovative technology moving us towards a just and sustainable world.
“I knew that if we could understand the connections and visualize the breadth of global efforts on behalf of social and environmental justice, we would recognize the largest movement the world has ever seen. WiserEarth is where this movement can begin to see itself.”
- Paul Hawken
Thanks to WiserEarth Executive Director Peggy Duvette for this guest blog post!