It has been some time since I updated everyone on the Water for Dixie project, but that does not mean nothing has been happening. 
As you all know WE won second and third place in the Amazee Bucket competition in January this year, and as a result received a donation of $5,000 towards our project. WEangels have also donated $1,130. Not the $2,000 that I mentioned in a previous interview (sorry). Emily set me straight, which is frankly not the first nor the last time that this will happen I am sure. 🙂 Thank you very very much for your support.
The Bucket was very interesting to me, because it provided an opportunity for you, our WEfamily, to ‘earn’ the money for this very worthy cause without having to come up with the cash yourselves. Not everyone of the WEfamily can afford to donate money (particularly during these difficult times) and WE have to get to about $25,000 (final pricing not yet in) and this will be difficult on conventional donations. So I got to thinking … and chatting to the WEcrew and WEadmin teams, as well as  a few of our WEfamily members … and an idea has begun to form …
Basically the idea is to get about $20,000 ‘pledged’ to the Water for Dixie project, by individuals, companies or even organizations, but WE have to earn it! The way WE ‘earn’ the pledges is by all working together to get 20,000 viewers on a game drive … kind of like the Bucket, but with viewers not members.
There is still a large amount of work to do and a lot of thinking (and WE would really like your comments on all of this, please comment here on the Blog), but the plan would be to run a 24 hour safari (game drive) at Djuma on the Jigga, some time in April 2009. The plan would be for us all to get our friends and families to join us on the drive some time during the 24 hours. As long as each unique viewer (unique IP address) logged on during the 24 hour period, and stayed watching for a minimum of 10 minutes, they would unlock another $1.00 from the pledges. The plan would be to get 20,000 unique viewers on the safari during the 24 hour period.
This may even be some kind of world record attempt (maybe somebody could check this out), but even if not it is certainly a new concept in social collaboration and at the same time helps to get the word out about WildEarth and provide the companies that pledge the money tons of media exposure (WE are going to provide our pledging companies with all sorts of exposure on the website and in the stream during the 24 hour safari) … and of course, with a bit of luck, gets the village of Dixie water piped to every home. 🙂
So, WE need your help. This project is going to succeed or fail entirely on how well WE can all work together as a team. I was brought to tears by how everyone pulled together as one during the final days of the bucket and if WE can do that again WE will once again make history, and hopefully achieve: Water for Dixie!


WE need the following:

Over the coming days and weeks there will be more information as this concept evolves. A date will need to be set, but first WE need to get the pledges in, Zaplive.tv need to work on some technical items like how to show the viewer count through the 24 hours as per the rules, and WE will need to assimilate your thoughts and build the teams and strategies.
Please get involved, this is an opportunity to change the world … it is in your nature.