This week I’m sharing the story of how I came to write Twitter for Good and become an early employee of a strange little startup called Twitter. It’s a story that begins in the highlands of Kenya, where I first learned to tweet (and blog).
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image by J.Carrier, Runner’s World Magazine
Although the kids called me “coach” (and even Runner’s World did, for a spell), that was never true. I may have bought the glucose (think Gatorade mixed with dirt and you’ll get a close approximation) and brought the shoes, but I ran five times slower than the average 6-year-old Kenyan child, and never knew where I was going.
That year turned out to be one of the most important years of my life, and many a life-changer came my way.
I became an accidental social entrepreneur when I co-founded a nonprofit organization – Hope Runs – to extend the benefits of athletic programming and educational scholarships to children in AIDS orphanages in the region.
And one of those runners stole a special place in my heart. I’ve been a guardian to Sammy Ikua for three years now, and this month celebrated his graduation from high school in the USA.
Now, he’s making his own news – collecting thousands of used running shoes for his friends back home at Tumaini Children’s Home — and is set to spend his next year serving in Ecuador.
Oh, and I also started doing a little thing I like to call tweeting.
Join me for Part 4 tomorrow…
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