Cheryl Alkon, USA WEEKEND
USA TODAY - Alexis Ohanian just wants the world to be a little more awesome. Co-founder of social news site reddit.com, he is author of Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed. Get your ideas online, he says, so the world can benefit.
Just do it. "Please, please, please, just start," he says. "Whether you want to blog, post photos, sell items or raise funds, there are free or low-cost ways to do it online. ... There are more platforms every day for people to share and learn, and it will only work if we get as many people on board as possible."
Don't be timid. "We are so conditioned to fear failure," he says. "Everyone has great ideas, but we need to do them." There are always other things competing for our time and attention, "but if you've got an Internet connection and the drive to do this, you can."
No computer? No problem. "Mobile phones have such tremendous penetration in the world - they're nearly ubiquitous," Ohanian says. "When you consider that most phones have Internet connections, it means most people will go online not on a MacBook Air, but on a mobile device."