Tom WatsonCauseWired managing director Tom Watson is a journalist, author, media critic, entrepreneur and consultant who has worked at the confluence of media technology and social change for more than a decade. Tom is the author of CauseWired: Plugging In, Getting Involved, Changing the World (Wiley, 2008) a best-selling book that chronicles the rise of online social activism. During his long career as journalist and blogger, Tom has written for The New York Times, Huffington Post, Industry Standard, Inside, Worth and Contribute magazines, among many other publications. He writes about politics and media on his own popular blog, My Dirty Life & Times, and is the founder and editor of, a group blog on popular culture. Professionally, Tom served for nine years as chief strategy officer of Changing Our World, Inc., the international philanthropic services company he helped to found. Tom is the publisher of, CauseWired’s extensive online resource for philanthropy professionals. Before joining the philanthropy sector, Tom was co-founder and co-editor of @NY, the pioneering Internet news and information service that chronicled the rise New York’s Silicon Alley new media in the mid-90s. Early in his career, Tom was the executive editor of The Riverdale Press, a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx, where he covered politics and won more than a dozen state and national awards for excellence in journalism. Tom is a member of the board of directors of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, a progressive think tank based in New York. He holds a degree in English literature from Columbia University, where he served as an adjunct professor of new media at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Mount Vernon, NY with his wife, artist Beryl Watson, and their three children, Veronica, Kelsey and Devon.



  adventuresinsocialmedia wrote @

Hi Tom,

Thanks again for including JustMeans on your list of social action platforms.

I think you would be a great person to be a featured blogger on JustMeans.

Our site will have over 40,000 users by August, and we will continue to grow at an even faster pace. JustMeans can help you advocate your agenda and we would be happy to have your thoughts posted on our site.

If you are interested in learning more about blogging for JustMeans, please contact me and we can set up a time to discuss our collaboration! I look forward to speaking with you.

Ashley Fidel
JustMeans New York Associate

  CauseWired : A Web 2.0 Book Review « Cased wrote @

[…] 19, 2008 · No Comments Review In Brief: Causewired is a new book by Tom Watson which chronicles next generation social activism, or the ’causewired’ phenomenon – […]

  Cristina Calzadilla wrote @

Dear Tom,

I am writing in agreement with your comments in your recent post, “Don’t Panic: Scarcity Drives Innovation.” I believe in the importance of acknowledging that, while companies and NGOs are hard hit by the economic crisis, businesses are thinking of new initiatives to increase brand awareness, particularly when it comes to philanthropy.

My name is Cristina and I am writing to you on behalf of Western Union to help them raise awareness for a new participatory philanthropy initiative.

This initiative aims to give a $50,000 grant to one NGO, decided on through an online voting process. While this will help raise awareness of Western Union’s corporate giving, it aims to raise the visibility of various NGOs that work with issues of development andpoverty alleviation amongst a younger generation.

I want to bring attention to this project, a part of Western Union’s Our World, Our Family program which was recognized at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting; I also agree that Clinton seemed to be emphasizing many concerns of the economic environment for the future of philanthropy and believe that many of the projects proposed at the meeting aim to address this critical issue. Based on your blog entries, I thought this project might be of interest to you to help get the word out to response to these concerns.

If this is a cause you might be interested in, please email me back at and I’ll be happy to give you some more details about the initiative.

Appreciate your time and efforts to raise awareness on these issues!

Cristina Calzadilla
Cone, Inc
Boston, MA

  Jamie Folsom wrote @

Hi Tom,

I wonder if you’d be interested in talking about a collaboration with our company.

Would you have a few minutes to discuss an idea we’ve got?

Thank you,

Jamie Folsom
Vice President for Technology and Training
720 Strategies

  Social Media: Making an Impact | wrote @

[…] media is changing the face of philanthropy on a daily basis; Tom Watson calls it CauseWired, we call it a Giving […]

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