January 13, 2011
Jonathan Greenblatt's All For Good Platform Powers President Obama's National Call to Service Initiative
Assists Americans seeking ways to perform public service
LOS ANGELES -- All For Good, an online venture founded and led by UCLA Anderson School of Management thought leader Jonathan Greenblatt, is powering MLKDay.gov, a website launched by the Obama administration in association with the celebration of Martin Luther King Day. Americans are encouraged to visit the site to find volunteer and service opportunities in their local communities. All For Good is the open-source venture launched in 2009 by Greenblatt to assist Americans seeking ways to perform public service
According to Greenblatt, All For Good was inspired by President Obama's 2008 campaign, during which he called upon all Americans to get involved in their communities, and is the largest aggregation of service opportunities on the Internet. The site pulls data from a wide range of sources including non-profits, businesses and government agencies, creating an integrated database where interested Americans may find service opportunities in their communities.
"All For Good is not a destination web site," Greenblatt said. "It's a platform to help Americans find service opportunities. We take an expansive view of service that includes traditional volunteer opportunities, as well as micro-volunteerism, meet-ups and virtual volunteer opportunities. We believe there are many ways whereby Americans can strengthen their opportunities using their talent and technology."
Significantly, All For Good is an open source venture. It was incubated by Google and is maintained by a dedicated team, including many volunteers. All For Good is open source, allowing its API (advanced protocol interface) to be used by both developers and casual users. These uses manifest in a variety of ways, from individuals who install the All For Good widget on their blog, Facebook or webpage to customized versions that allow for database searching on such popular sites as The Huffington Post, Serve.gov, Care2, MTV and the AARP.
"When all is said and done, the President, First Lady Michelle Obama and the entire administration are hosting a series of events promoting ways in which Americans might serve and give back on this, the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King Day," Greenblatt said. "It's a time to renew the civic fabric in more of a kind and rational way than cable news shows or the voting booth or the floor of the House of Representatives. The president and his administration are promoting service in a most nonpartisan way and I'm gratified that All For Good is there to power the search as Americans seek out ways to serve."
The MLK Day of Service is an extension of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It encourages Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.
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