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Since 2007, the Project for Awesome, simply known as P4A, has been helping to make the world a better place. It is an initiative of the Foundation to Decrease World Suck, a Montana-based charitable organization run by Hank and John Green, and their plan is simple: to make the world suck less.

So, how is P4A planning to achieve this mighty goal? Simple: it is inviting you to make a short video in support of the charities you care about. Then, everyone gets to vote on their favorite videos from the ones that people have made, and the top-voted charities each get a share of the money raised by the event.

In previous years, charities have won around $25,000, and for a small organization like LEAF, this would go a long way torwards expanding our activities. It could help pay for more Youtube videos with popular channels such as Kurzgesagt to reach new audiences, support a conference or similar event, help us to hire amazing content creators and produce films, and, in general, help us to do even more.


How can you help?


The winning charities of the past P4A events have all had at least ten videos sent in by the community to showcase them, so we would like to ask you to support us by making a short video and sending it to P4A on December 7th-9th.

Here is the video we made last year; we’ll be making another this time, so please be sure to vote for us :)


Even simple cell phone videos are encouraged, but here are some great tips for stepping up your P4A video-making game:


Video-Making Tips


  • Make a short (~2 min) video saying why you care about and support us; you can call us Lifespan.io, Life Extension Advocacy Foundation, or LEAF.  Here’s some examples from last year and a tutorial from Hank. Note that in the drop-down menu for the charity you are supporting we are “Life Extension Advocacy Foundation” so while you can call us any of the above names please be sure you choose Life Extension Advocacy Foundation from the menu.
  • Get your video ready by uploading it to your YouTube channel as unlisted. Fill it out with all the YouTube trappings (title, tags, description), be sure to use keywords such as Project4Awesome 2018, #p4a2018, and P4A 2018, and make a thumbnail using the P4A assets. You can look at the examples above for reference.
  • On December 7th at noon EST, flip your video to public, and submit it to the P4A website as its organizers describe.
  • As we are reaching out to a general audience here, it’s best to focus on the positive aspects of rejuvenation biotechnology in your video, such as health, independence, and curing age-related diseases, rather than focusing on baggage-laden terms, such as immortality and living forever.

Voting


  • Get all your friends to vote for videos in support of us (including yours if you made one!); votes count for each one! You can vote for multiple videos, but please vote on each video only once – there was a bug last year that made it look like you could vote more than once, but doing so would get you blocked as a spammer.
  • Share and spread the word; tag your friends on FB, use #p4a2018 on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, etc.
  • If you get some special voting link for your video after you submit, don’t forget to use that and also add it to the top of your YouTube video’s description.
  • Many charities can win, so definitely feel free to support any longevity research-focused charity videos you see. We have it on good authority that some other organizations you might recognize will be appearing! ;)

Thank you in advance to everyone who decides to make a video to support us and vote for the videos showcasing our work; we appreciate you taking the time to help us out. And remember, don’t forget to be awesome!

About the author

Keith Comito

Keith Comito is President of LEAF / Lifespan.io and a long-time advocate of longevity research. He is also a computer programmer, mathematician, musician, lover of life and perhaps a man with too many hobbies. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics, B.S. in Computer science, and M.S. in Applied Mathematics at Hofstra University, where his work included analysis of the LMNA protein.
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Steve Hill

Steve serves on the LEAF Board of Directors and is the Editor in Chief, coordinating the daily news articles and social media content of the organization. He is an active journalist in the aging research and biotechnology field and has to date written over 500 articles on the topic as well as attending various medical industry conferences. In 2019 he was listed in the top 100 journalists covering biomedicine and longevity research in the industry report – Top-100 Journalists covering advanced biomedicine and longevity created by the Aging Analytics Agency. His work has been featured in H+ magazine, Psychology Today, Singularity Weblog, Standpoint Magazine, and, Keep me Prime, and New Economy Magazine. Steve has a background in project management and administration which has helped him to build a united team for effective fundraising and content creation, while his additional knowledge of biology and statistical data analysis allows him to carefully assess and coordinate the scientific groups involved in the project. In 2015 he led the Major Mouse Testing Program (MMTP) for the International Longevity Alliance and in 2016 helped the team of the SENS Research Foundation to reach their goal for the OncoSENS campaign for cancer research.
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