There are several different ways you can begin to keep up with important issues by using online tools and social media. Interested in hunger, poverty, or sustainable agriculture? Then check out these three easy ways you can follow the trends you find most valuable:
Google Alerts are one of the easiest ways to have information sent straight to your email about the topics you care most about. Simply enter the topic query you'd like to learn more about, maybe 'food security in the United States,' or 'sustainable agriculture.'
You can choose what type of information you receive, how often and which email address. Soon, you'll have information at your fingertips.
Follow the blogs that follow the issues you care about. Do you read the Heifer blog a lot? Then consider following other blogs such as: www.NourishingthePlanet.com, www.GatesFoundation.com and Food and Agriculture Spotlight.
3. Social Media
Use your Twitter and Facebook pages to keep up with other organizations. Heifer is on Facebook and Twitter, but you may also consider: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and The World Food Prize.
Not sure what you want to begin to search? Ask yourself the following questions:
1. What issues am I interested in?
2. What issues do I tend to discuss?
3. What do I want to learn more about?
What issues do you or will you begin to follow?