Uploaded on Feb 19, 2011
If you don't know anything about Krishnan, start off by watching this CNN Heroes special: http://vimeo.com/17689185
I really hope nobody gets the wrong impression from this video - I'm not bashing what they do at all. It was probably the most unique experience I've had in all my experiences with NGOs and social projects so far. It was clear that Krishnan understands the need of exposure for funding purposes, but he also is extremely protective of his schedule and of the people he works with. It must be that diligence and professionalism that got him the job in the Swiss 5-star hotel that he decided not to take. I didn't get any more of an experience of Akshaya than you can at home...literally 10 of the 30 minutes I was with him was spent in front of a TV watching Keifer Sutherland and Anderson Cooper (or one of those guys) introduce him at the CNN Heroes awards show, followed by the video in the link above. Any questions I asked, he immediately referred me to their website and graciously informed me that I can get any details imaginable about their work there.
Oh - and the cheesy text animations? That's just 'cause I've been playing with stuff for Caught Doin' Good...I don't think they're usable long-term, but I worked hard to make them, so thought I'd at least put them out once. :P
This video actually isn't a what I'm going for with Caught Doin' Good...the essential part of CDG is experience and time spent involved with good projects. But it's related enough, so I thought I'd upload it anyway. ^^
Caught Doin' Good is a project under construction that hopes to leverage the power of online video, YouTube, and social media to inspire people across the globe to go out and "catch" people doin' good around their own areas or in places they travel.
My name is Philip Cotsford - I'm developing the project now, and will continue to develop it for a few years to come. Keep an eye out for actual Caught Doin' Good project videos coming soon!
All pictures are the property of Akshaya Trust (Krishnan's organization):
To make a donation to Akshaya Trust, just click on the PayPal button on the bottom-left of the website. I can guarantee that it will be faithfully logged by Krishnan's relative (cousin's wife, I think?) who maintains all the accounts. You might even get an email from Andrew thanking you for it. Aside from outside supporters, there are only about 4 volunteers (Krishnan, Andrew, the lady who does the accounts, and maybe 1 other?) involved in the whole thing, along with a few paid staff (like the cooks and assistants you saw in my video)
Wanna know where I am now or what's going on with me?
And for more info on Caught Doin' Good, check out:
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