Alive with Clive Makes Fundraising Fun for Charities!

Hello Friends:

I’m delighted and excited to announce that beginning today I am making it possible for charities to raise funds in a new fun way!

With the launch of The Alive with Clive Win-Win-Win Charity Sponsorship Program, charities will receive funds from corporate sponsors after supporters of charities enter Alive with Clive Contests to win prizes and vote for the charity they support.

Additional information about this innovative new program, which gives charities and corporate sponsors an opportunity to gain massive amounts of free exposure, is in the Press Release I published today.  To see the Press Release, click here.

This new Charity Sponsorship Program will run in conjunction with The Alive with Clive Contests.

In giving further thought to the design of The 1st Alive with Clive Quest for the Best Song Contest, I’m going to be making the following modifications to the original plan:

1.    Instead of making cash awards to only the top three charities that generate the most entries and votes in The 1st Contest, now for the first 1,000 entries that are accompanied by votes for charities, Alive with Clive will give charities $10 for each entry accompanied by a vote for the charity.

2.    For entries accompanied by votes for charities after the first 1,000, Sponsors will be invited to make the contributions of $10 per entry accompanied by a vote for a charity.

3.    While every effort is being made to have The 1st Contest begin on January 30, 2014, as originally announced, it may have to start later if all the Sponsors and Prizes are not in place by then.

Charities that partner with corporate sponsors now to receive $10 or more per entry in The Current Alive with Clive Quarterly Contest accompanied by a vote for the charity will be among the charities eligible to be included on the List of 20 Charities for The 1st Alive with Clive Quest for the Best Song Contest.

To see the Press Release with additional information about this innovative new Alive with Clive Charity Sponsorship Program, click here.

Stay tuned for more news about this exciting Program and The Alive with Clive Contests!

Best regards.

Clive

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For Supporters of Charities, An Opportunity to Generate Camaraderie – And Funds!

Hello Friends:

Through participation in The 1st Alive with Clive Quest for the Best Song Contest that will run from January 30 until April 30, 2014, founders of and fundraisers for charities have an opportunity to generate camaraderie among the supporters of their charities on the way to receiving contributions of $10,000 to be shared by three charities.

When the Contest commences on January 30, 2014, twenty 501(c)(3) charities will be on a list to receive votes from entrants in the Contest to be awarded the top award of $6,000, the second award of $2,500 or the third award of $1,500.  These amounts match the cash prizes that will be awarded to the top three singer/songwriters in the Contest.

The charities that will be on the List of 20 for The 1st Contest will be the 20 charities that receive the most nominations from participants in The Current Alive with Clive Quarterly Contest that ends on January 29, 2014.

It is thus important for charities that want to be on the List of 20 to be encouraging their supporters to enter The Current Alive with Clive Quarterly Contest starting now.

To enter The Current Contest, supporters of charities and others need simply watch This Week on Alive with Clive, answer the five questions relating to the show, choose a Best Song and enter the name of the charity they support in the field provided.  

To watch This Week on Alive with Clive and enter The Current Alive with Clive Quarterly Contest now, click here.

As entrants in The Current Alive with Clive Quarterly Contest, supporters of charities will be eligible to win all the Prizes in The Current Contest.  To see the Prizes, click here.

The more times you enter The Current Alive with Clive Quarterly Contest and nominate the charity you support, the more likely it will be that the charity you support will qualify to be on the List of 20, and you may enter The Current Contest every single week between now and January 29, but no more than once a week.  In addition, the more times you enter, the more likely it will be that you will win the Prizes.

Entrants in The 1st Contest that starts on January 30, 2014, will be eligible to win the Prizes for that contest, which will be:

  • For people who enter the contest every week, a car or 6-night/7-day resort package with flights to and from the resort; and
  • For people who enter the contest one or more times but not every week, at least $4,200 worth of prizes provided by ten sponsors.

The more charities that participate, the more willing companies will be to be the sponsors and as a result the awards to charities in future Alive with Clive Quest for the Best Song Contests will be higher.

Earlier this week, I published a Press Release with this headline:

Charities Also Belong in 1st Alive with Clive Quest Contest To Find The Best Song

To see this Press Release, click here.

As you will see, the subheading of the Press Release reads as follows:

In addition to sponsors and singer/songwriters, charities with supporters who enter The 1st Alive with Clive Quest for the Best Song Contest will also benefit from the Contest through the implementation of synergistic philanthrocapitalism in action

The core foundational purpose for the upcoming series of Alive with Clive Quest for the Best Song Contests is reflected in this quote from the Press Release:

When customers of companies, supporters of charities and fans of singer/songwriters participate together in a common endeavor, all are destined to benefit exponentially in ways they could not previously have imagined,” says Clive, “so the companies that grab the opportunity quickly to be the sponsors of the Contests and the charities that encourage their supporters to enter the Contests will be the big winners, in addition to the viewers and singer/songwriters who win the prizes provided by the sponsors.”

In other words, with the announcement of The 1st Alive with Clive Quest for the Best Song Contest, which you can see when you click here, and the publication of this Press Release, I have taken a major step towards making it possible for companies, charities and singer/songwriters to interact with one another on a grand scale!

So, folks, it’s time to make your way over to This Week on Alive with Clive to enter The Current Alive with Clive Quarterly Contest and nominate the charity you support every week, starting now. 

To watch This Week on Alive with Clive and enter The Current Alive with Clive Quarterly Contest now, click here.

The Alive with Clive Logo and Slogan

The Alive with Clive Logo and Slogan

I look forward to seeing your entries in The Current Alive with Clive Quarterly Contest and the nominations for the charities you support!

Best regards.

Clive

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Announcing The 1st Alive with Clive Quest for the Best Song Contest!

Hello Friends:

I’m excited to announce that I am now offering sponsors a unique and exciting opportunity to sponsor The 1st Alive with Clive Quest for the Best Song Contest, which will run from Noon Eastern on January 30, 2014, until 10 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

To see the Press Release about this Contest, click here.

In accordance with the current plan for this Contest:

  • One person who enters the Contest at least once during the 13 weeks of the Contest will win all 14 prizes worth at least $300 each provided by each of the 14 sponsors.
  • One person who enters the Contest every week during the 13 weeks will win a car.
  • One person who enters the Contest every week will win a 6-night-/7-day stay at a fabulous resort with round-trip airline tickets provided by the airline sponsor.
  • The singer/songwriter who generates the most entries in the Contest for the week his or her show is featured on This Week on Alive with Clive during the period of the Contest will win the 1st Prize of $6,000 in cash and $6,000 in music equipment or music-related services; 2nd Prize will be $2,500 in cash, and 3rd Prize $1,500.
  • The three charities that generate the most entries from their supporters will receive $6,000, $2,500 and $1,500 respectively.

To be entered in the Contest, all you will need to do during the Contest is watch This Week on Alive with Clive and submit answers to five questions related to the show you watch as well as indicate your choice for Best Song and the charity you support.  To become acquainted with entering, you can enter The Current Alive with Clive Quarterly Contest that began on October 31, 2013, and ends on January 29, 2014, to win the Prizes for the Current Contest after you click here.

The Alive with Clive Logo and Slogan

The Alive with Clive Logo and Slogan

Since the world’s most talented emerging and established singer/songwriters are featured on Alive with Clive, and fans of American Idol, The X Factor and The Voice like to watch those shows to discover, connect with and be inspired by emerging singers and singer/songwriters, because of the prizes to be won this 1st Alive with Clive Quest for the Best Song Contest has the potential to attract millions of fans of American Idol, The X Factor and The Voice with the support of the Sponsors.

Companies that become Sponsors soon will qualify to receive additional bonus exposure as Sponsors of The Current Alive with Clive Quarterly Contest.

If you represent a company that would like to be one of the 14 Sponsors and would like to see the Sponsor Proposal, the Sponsor Application and the Sponsor Agreement for The 1st Alive with Clive Quest for the Best Song Contest online, send an email to clive at alivewithclive.tv (use @ with no spaces).

Sponsors who submit a completed a Sponsor Application before November 23, 2013, qualify for distinct advantages!

I’m looking forward to experiencing the electrifying buzz this 1st Alive with Clive Quest for the Best Song Contest is destined to generate!

Best regards.

Clive

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Latest Update on The Second Alive with Clive Bimonthly Contest

Hello Friends:

Though there are only two weeks left to enter The Second Alive with Clive Bimonthly Contest, you still have ample time to participate in the fun of entering and experience the suspense of wondering whether or not you have won!

To see my latest Press Release about this Contest, click here.

As you’ll see from the recently-updated Web page with the Prizes, one winner will win ALL of the following fabulous Prizes:

1.    A Set of Four Alive with Clive Mugs:

Set of Four Alive with Clive Mugs

Set of Four Alive with Clive Mugs

2.    These three CDs from Brendan O’Shea:

Brendan O'Shea's Three CDs

Brendan O’Shea’s Three CDs

3.    Any three of these eight CDs via download from Niall Connolly:

Niall Connolly's CDs

Niall Connolly’s CDs

4.   These three CDs from Cassandra Kubinski:

Cassandra Kubinski's Three CDs

Cassandra Kubinski’s Three CDs

5.   These three CDs from Fred Gillen Jr.’s vast repertoire of CDs:

Fred Gillen Jr.'s Three CDs

Fred Gillen Jr.’s Three CDs

If you do the math, that’s twelve CDs in all to enthrall!

If you watch This Week on Alive with Clive before 10 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow, Wednesday, October 16, you’ll still be able to see singer/songwriter, Adam Bohanan.

Singer/songwriter, Adam Bohanan

Singer/songwriter, Adam Bohanan

After Noon Eastern time on Thursday, October 17, you’ll be able to see the first of two, and a week later the second of two, interviews featuring Niall Connolly, through Wednesday, October 30, at 10 p.m. Eastern, when the Contest ends.

While you need watch and answer five questions relating to only one show, you will increase your chance of winning by watching more than one and if possible all three remaining shows in the Contest.

To see This Week on Alive with Clive NOW, FREE, and then enter the Contest, click here!

I look forward to receiving your entries.

Best regards.

Clive

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It’s True: My Next Press Release Can Be About YOU!

Hello Friends:

You probably know by now that a few days ago I announced the launch of The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club to give a boost to The Alive with Clive Quests for a Billion.

BeYESto10X

To read the Blog post in which I announced the launch of The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club, click here.

To read the Blog post in which I announced the launch of The Alive with Clive Quests for a Billion, click here.

In the Blog post about the YES to 10X Club, I mentioned that the first 20 people to donate $10 or more to one or more of the charities listed on the Web page for the Quests for a Billion, and cause at least ten others to do so too, will become the Ambassadors of The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club.

Now, I’ll be the first to acknowledge that, since you are bombarded with so many competing demands on your time, attention and interest, I appreciate that it does require something extraordinary and exceptional to capture your attention and hold your interest for more than a few nanoseconds.

To invoke a desire to take action, therefore, I’ve created a very special incentive for the person who is first to fulfill the requirements to become The FIRST Ambassador of The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club.

In all likelihood, once you see what this incentive is, you’ll want postpone whatever else you are doing and get into action to see if you can win the prize.

So determined am I to have these Quests gather momentum that I have published a Press Release specifically to announce the incentive, and you can see this Press Release when you click here.

I encourage you to do whatever is necessary for you to acquire the honor and prestige of becoming The FIRST Ambassador of The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club, since I’m certain you’ll be glad if you are!

So, click here to see the Press Release in which I’ve announced the incentive, and then click here to take the first step to becoming The FIRST Ambassador of The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club.

Thank you in advance for being a YES to 10X!

Slogan for The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club

Slogan for The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club

I look forward to seeing you in the Club!

Best regards.

Clive

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Announcing the Launch of The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club

Hello Friends:

Last week, I announced The Alive with Clive Quests for a Billion to raise at least a billion dollars for charities that support people affected by HIV/AIDS and to generate at least a billion hits on The Alive with Clive TV Channel on YouTube for singer/songwriters I’ve interviewed on Alive with Clive

To see the Blog post in which I made this announcement, click here.

To cause these Quests to be fulfilled, today I am announcing the launch of a brand new very special Club.

Before I tell you more about the Club, the benefits of being a Member, and how easy it is for you to become a Member, I’m going to share with you the reasons why I am creating this Club.

After I announced the Quests, I began to think about ways to cause them to be fulfilled.

While, initially, the Quests were based on the idea of each person donating a dollar or more, and causing at least two others they know to do so too, I realized that when people take the time to go to the Web sites of the charities that support people affected by HIV/AIDS, they generally want to contribute more than a dollar and many have a strong inclination to donate $20 or more.

So, I began to ask myself these questions:  What if people had some kind of incentive to donate at least $10, and cause 10 other people they know to donate at least $10 each within 10 hours too?  How quickly would a billion dollars be raised then?

To determine the answer to this question, I once again went to Excel and created the following spreadsheet:

BeYESto10X

From this spreadsheet, I determined that if everyone who donates $10 causes 10 other people to donate $10 each too, a billion dollars will be raised within 10 days!

I then went to Google because I wanted to get some sense of how far, in support of people affected by HIV/AIDS, $10 would go.

The first article I found was this one, with the headline:

New one-pill, $10-per-month anti-retroviral AIDS treatment debuts in South Africa

Then on this page on the Web site for Aid for Africa, one of the seven charities on the list on the Web page I created for the Quests, which you can see when you click here, I saw that:

A donation of $10 can:

  • Provide 10 children with an effective treatment for malaria

  • Protect 500 old growth trees for one year

  • Send $200 worth of medical supplies to an African country

A donation of $20 can:

  • Buy 52 books for school children

  • Supply 10 treatments of antibiotics for sick children

A donation of $100 can:

  • Provide school and personal supplies for 2 students for one school year

  • Buy goats for two families or widows with children

I then went to the Web site for Young Heroes Foundation, another of the charities on the list for the Quests, and learned that $10 would provide food for an orphan for two weeks, $20 would provide food for an orphan for a month, and $30 would provide food and clothing for an orphan for a month.

In addition, on the Web site for Nothing But Nets, I found the following information about malaria and nets that save lives:

Simply put, malaria kills. Nets can save lives.

Here are some harsh realities about malaria:

Fact: Malaria is preventable, but causes more than 200 million illnesses each year and kills nearly 1 million of those who become infected.

Fact: Ninety percent of deaths caused by malaria occur in Africa, where the disease is a leading killer of children.

Fact: Every 45 seconds a child in Africa dies from malaria.

So, as engaged global citizens, what can we do to help?

In the poorest parts of the world, window screens are lacking, anti-malarial drugs are expensive, and so far an effective malaria vaccine does not exist. Insecticide-treated bed nets in these areas are arguably the most cost-effective way to prevent malaria transmission.

Bed nets use a simple but effective prevention approach: eliminate contact with mosquitoes, eliminate malaria.

Sending Nets, Saving Lives

The entire process of purchasing and distributing insecticide-treated bed nets to the most vulnerable people, as well as providing education and follow-up surveying on their use, is accomplished for just $10 per bed net (emphasis added).

Although $10 for a bed net may not sound like much, the cost makes them out of reach for most people at risk of malaria in Africa, where many people survive on less than $1 per day. Nets are a simple, life-saving solution, but we need your help to provide them to those in need.

Furthermore, on this Web site for Brother Bru Bru’s African Hot Sauces, I learned that:

$10 will buy a “rocket stove” for an African family.  Your full donation will go to Aid Africa, and you will receive a receipt for your charitable donation.

These “rocket stoves” are just six bricks, some wire and mud.  But these simple devices are life-changing to an African family. 

The stove reduces household emissions by 75% (compared to a traditional cooking fire).  No more blinding smoke and sore red eyes. No more house fires, choking, breathing problems and lung disease. 

The stove uses only half as much wood, so fewer hours are spent collecting wood and more time for is available for tending to family, farming, and business.

In addition, the Aid Africa Rocket Stove project has helped spawn a cottage industry providing jobs, training opportunities and leadership-building skills to local Acholi people.

Just $10 provides a stove to an impoverished family and puts them on the road to health and well-being.

I also by way of contrast wanted to know how far $10 would go at Starbucks, and stumbled upon this chart:

A Latte at Starbucks

A Latte at Starbucks

So, in summary, for the price of two or three lattes at Starbucks, among the items we can provide are:

  • Anti-retroviral drugs for one person with HIV/AIDS for a month;
  • A bed net to prevent illness or death from malaria; 
  • A rocket stove for an impoverished family;
  • Food for two weeks for child who is an orphan because of HIV/AIDS; or
  • Clothing for a child who is an orphan because of HIV/AIDS.

With thoughts of $10, 10 people, 10 hours and 10 days swirling in my head, I remembered that a few years ago I read a book by Andrew S. Grove, former CEO of Intel, called Only The Paranoid Survive, which was published in 1996, just when the Internet was beginning dramatically to alter life for all of us here on planet Earth.  In that book he talks about shifts to the magnitude of 10X.  For example, if normal change represents a wave in the ocean, a 10X change would be something so unpredictable and out of the ordinary as to be truly astonishing, like a tsunami.

He also mentioned that a 10X change occurs at a Strategic Inflection Point.  Think of an arc.  At the top of an arc, the line stops going up and begins to go down.  That’s the Strategic Inflection Point.  If nothing intervenes, what is predictable is that the line of the arc will gradually go down.

All ideas can be represented by arcs.  They are born out of inspiration and, if not nurtured, they die.  On the other hand, if at the Strategic Inflection Point, they are given new life, the arc begins to go up instead of down.  See Page 32 of his book, on which he shows the Inflection Curve. 

Here is a picture of the Inflection Curve, which I found on this Web site:

The Inflection Curve

The Inflection Curve

(Incidentally, one additional insight I have gained from seeing the Inflection Curve is that an upward spiral represents curves that are constantly given new life at strategic inflection points.)

I then began to wonder how I could combine these thoughts about $10, 10 people, 10 hours, 10 days and 10X shifts into a movement that would inspire people to join me on my Quests to raise at least a billion dollars for people affected by HIV/AIDS and generate at least a billion hits on The Alive with Clive TV Channel on YouTube for the singer/songwriters I’ve interviewed on Alive with Clive.

As a result, I decided to form a Club and create a dedicated Web page for the Club to acknowledge, and give recognition and exposure to, everyone who joins the Club by donating at least $10, and causing 10 others to donate at least $10, hopefully within 10 hours, too.

You can see this Web page when you click here.

Soon after you join the Club, your picture and an embedded link to your Web site, or the Web site for a cause you support, will be placed on the Web page.

At first I was going to call the Club The Alive with Clive 10 X 3 Club. Then I thought about calling it The Alive with Clive 10 X 10 X 10 Club.  After further consideration, I decided to call it The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club!

And the full slogan for The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club is:

Slogan for The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club

Slogan for The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club

To see the Web page for The Alive with Clive YES to10X Club, click here

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s take this opportunity to cause a 10X shift in the generation of funds for people affected by HIV/AIDS so that we can build on the momentum that has already been created to have HIV/AIDS ultimately be history — as quickly as possible!

Please do what is necessary to join The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club NOW so that I can put your picture and an embedded link to your Web site or the Web site of a cause you support on the page for the Club as soon as possible.  I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

To be clear, here are the steps to take so that you can be included on the Web page for The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club:

  1. Click here to go to the Web page for The Alive with Clive Quests for a Billion.
  2. Make a donation of at least $10 to one or more of the charities listed there.
  3. Click here to watch one or more of the video clips on The Alive with Clive TV Channel on YouTube.
  4. Fill in the form on this page after you’ve made your donations and watched the clip or clips.
  5. Invite all the members of your family and friends to donate at least $10 and watch at least one of the video clips too.
  6. Make sure that when they fill out the form, in the field for “You learned about these Quests from:” they type your name.
  7. Have them email you their acknowledgment of receipt from the charities to confirm their donations. 
  8. Copy and paste all ten acknowledgments of receipt from the charities into one email and email it to me.
  9. After I receive (1) notification through the form that ten people made their donations and watched at least one video clip because of you, and (2) the email from you with all ten acknowledgments, I will add your picture with an embedded link to your Web site to the Web page for The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club.

To see a graphic representation of these steps, click here.

As mentioned, I’m looking forward to seeing you on the Web page for The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club as soon as possible.

These Quests are destined to gain momentum and attract the attention of millions of people all over the world in the days ahead.  If your picture with an embedded link to your Web site, or a Web site of a cause you support, is on the Web page for The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club, it is likely to be seen by millions, so you can use this opportunity to gain a considerable degree of additional exposure for your business, career or cause, if that’s what you’d like to do.

In addition, it’s best to take the steps necessary to join The Alive with Clive 10X Club as soon as possible, so your picture can be as close as possible to the top of the Web page and thus be the first or one of the first to be noticed.

As an additional reward for those who act immediately, the first 20 to fulfill on the requirements for membership in this Club will enjoy the distinction of being referred to as Ambassadors of The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club!

These Quests are not about one or a few wealthy donors donating millions, although that would be most welcome too.  They’re a grassroots effort about you and me getting together to collaborate as a Global Community to bring health and healing to those most in need — because we care, because we can, and because we say so! – so that greater prosperity is achieved for all of us.  And I’ll be forming a Facebook Group for Members of The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club soon too! 

Remember, too, that everyone who makes a donation, including you, will be able to download the Songs in The FIRST Alive with Clive Top 20 and gain instantaneous access to my book of over 375 of the most inspiring and insightful quotes of all time – Quotes To Multiply Your Magnificence!

And because the benefits of being a Member of The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club will so far outweigh the minimal investment of time, effort and money necessary to become a Member, to expedite your admission into the Club you might similarly want to provide an additional bonus or gift to your family and friends to encourage them to make donations of at least $10 to one or more of the charities listed on this page too.

So please click here now and take the steps to be included in The Alive with Clive YES to 10X Club as soon as possible.

THANK YOU!

Best regards.

Clive

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HIV/AIDS, YouTube, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Eminem, and My Latest Epiphany!

Hello Friends:

Around this time last year, when I saw that Facebook was reaching the milestone of having more than a billion users, I had an epiphany about what it would take to raise at least a billion dollars for people affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa as quickly as possible.

In Blog posts* and a Web page** I published to share my epiphany, and then a subsequent epiphany about my epiphany, I referred to the following fascinating chart:

The 31-Day Chart for The Alive with Clive Billion Dollar AIDS Plan for 2012

The 31-Day Billion Dollar Chart for The Alive with Clive Billion Dollar AIDS Plan for 2012 – now 2013!

As previously indicated, this chart shows that if a dollar is raised on Day 1, and double the number of dollars is raised on each subsequent day than was raised on the previous day, it would take just 31 days for at least $1 billion dollars to be raised.

So, last year I set up a Web page to receive donations to raise $1 billion dollars in this way.  Within a few days, I raised $148, and subsequently received another $5, totaling $146 net of transaction fees. 

Drawing upon my years of training as a tax lawyer, though, I immediately began to be concerned about the tax consequences of raising as much as $1 billion.  I didn’t want a tax liability to be incurred on a billion dollars net of charitable contributions that are subject to limitations on deductibility.  And since contributions were from others, I wanted contributors to receive the tax deductions for their charitable contributions.  I also wanted to accurately track the total amount of contributions made.

My initial attempts to address and resolve these issues did not succeed. Thereafter, while continuing to be stuck in a quandary as to how best to resolve these issues, I became immersed in interviewing guests on Alive with Clive, among other endeavors, and my plan to raise at least a billion dollars for people affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa remained in suspense – until three weeks ago, when I had another major epiphany!

Before I discuss my most recent epiphany, though, I also do want to mention that I was heartened to learn of recent encouraging developments in the treatment of patients with cancer who also have HIV/AIDS, as reported in an article on msn under the headline, Treated for cancer, two men now appear free of HIV.  To see this article, click here.

And a report recently released by the World Health Organization, Unicef and UNAIDS also shows that tremendous progress is being made in reducing the number of people who are being debilitated by HIV/AIDS.  To see this report, click here.

This article and recent report definitely inspired me to resuscitate my efforts to raise at least a billion dollars for people affected by HIV/AIDS – and then I had my most recent epiphany!

This most recent epiphany occurred, as mentioned, three weeks ago when I was in the midst of posting all the Press Releases I had published since December 1, 2010 (on which I announced the launch of The FIRST Alive with Clive Top 20), on the Web site for The Alive with Clive Global Community.

To see these Press Releases, click here.

In particular, the Press Release that caught my eye was the one I published on March 1, 2011.  The headline reads:

Alive with Clive Wants To Join Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Eminem With Over One Billion Hits On YouTube!

The first two paragraphs of this Press Release, which you’ll see when you click here, state the following:

The Alive with Clive TV Channel on YouTube currently has just over 33,493 hits. If you do the math, that is 999,966,507 hits short of a billion. But now that Clive Swersky, host and producer of Alive with CliveThe TV Show That Inspires You To Multiply Your Magnificence! has learned from a recent report on msn that Eminem has joined Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga with over a billion hits on YouTube, Clive has announced that he wants The Alive with Clive TV Channel on YouTube at http://bit.ly/Sr8cBX to become a member of this exclusive group with over a billion hits on YouTube too.

The Alive with Clive TV Channel on YouTube is a unique treasure trove of video clips of the best original songs performed by emerging and established singer/songwriters on Alive with Clive. At present there are 124 clips, and more are constantly being added.

As mentioned, this Press Release was issued on March 1, 2011.  In the 28 ensuing months since then, an additional 300 video clips have been added to The Alive with Clive TV Channel on YouTube, and the Channel to date has 84,949 hits – or a mere 999,915,051 hits shy of 1 billion.

It was after reading these two paragraphs that I had my most recent epiphany!

You see, I realized that if I apply the math in the chart depicted above to the number of views (hits) The Alive with Clive TV Channel on YouTube receives, theoretically and possibly in actuality, 1 billion hits on YouTube could be reached quite quickly!

And then, I said to myself, if everyone who watches at least one video clip on The Alive with Clive TV Channel on YouTube also donates $1 or more directly to charities that support people affected by HIV/AIDS, $1 billion would be raised quickly for people affected by HIV/AIDS at the same time too!

Today is July 29, 2013.  World AIDS Day this year is a little over 4 months away.

So, with your support, I am embarking on The Alive with Clive Quests for a Billion, (1) to raise at least $1 billion for people affected by HIV/AIDS, and simultaneously (2) to generate at least 1 billion hits on The Alive with Clive TV Channel on YouTube – by December 1, 2013, World AIDS Day this year!

While my goal all along has been to raise at least a billion dollars for people affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa because I was born in South Africa, in this endeavor now I am making it possible for a charity to receive donations if it is:

  1. Organized to provide support to people affected by HIV/AIDS;
  2. Equipped to receive donations through a Web site online; and 
  3. Listed on the Web page I have created with links to charities that meet these criteria.

To see the list of charities on the Web page, click here.

Charities not yet on the list that meet these criteria and would like to be added to the list should send an email to me at clive at alivewithclive.tv (use @ without a space on either side) with the words: “Eligible HIV/AIDS Charity” on the subject line. 

In addition, earlier today, at last, to give birth to these Quests, now that I have gained clarity as to how to proceed, I donated the $146 I received last year (net of transaction fees) in roughly equal amounts to the charities listed on the Web page.

For these dual Quests to be achieved, all it is going to take is for each person who joins me on these Quests to enroll at least two family members or friends to:

  1. Donate $1 or more to one or more of the charities listed on the Web page for charities that support people affected by HIV/AIDS; and
  2. Watch one of the more than 420 video clips on The Alive with Clive TV Channel on YouTube.

In this way, I trust that at least $1 billion dollars will be raised for people affected by HIV/AIDS, millions of lives will be saved, and millions more people will become acquainted with the breadth and depth of the talent of the world’s most talented emerging and established singer/songwriters and bands who have been interviewed on Alive with Clive.

So, at this stage, you’re probably wondering: 

Clive, so you’ll be able to tell how many hits you have on YouTube, but how will you know if at least a billion dollars or any amount close to it has been raised for the different listed charities that support people affected by HIV/AIDS?”

That is a very good question, and here’s the answer:

You will recall that in this Blog post above, I made reference to the launch of The FIRST Alive with Clive Top 20.

The FIRST Alive with Clive Top 20 is a compilation of songs from singer/songwriters who’ve been interviewed on Alive with Clive and who were in The Alive with Clive Top 20 at the time I announced the creation of The FIRST Alive with Clive Top 20.

To see the list of songs in The FIRST Alive with Clive Top 20, click here.

Anyone who donates a dollar or more to one of the charities listed and watches one or more video clips on The Alive with Clive TV Channel on YouTube will receive access to and be able to download all 20 songs in The FIRST Alive with Clive Top 20, FREE!

In addition, within the past few years, I compiled a collection of the most inspiring and insightful quotes I have ever read into a book called Quotes to Multiply Your Magnificence – A Compilation of the Most Inspiring and Insightful Quotes of All Time!  And anyone who donates a dollar or more to one of the charities listed and watches one or more video clips on The Alive with Clive TV Channel on YouTube will also receive access to the entire book of Quotes FREE!

While I won’t be able to determine with precise accuracy the amount of money that is raised through this endeavor, I have set up a page on my Web site to enable me to gauge with reasonable accuracy the amount of money that is raised.

After you make a donation to one or more of the charities listed and provide a few tidbits of information on this Web page, you’ll be given instantaneous access to all 20 songs in The FIRST Alive with Clive Top 20 and Quotes To Multiply Your Magnificence

You will see the Web page I have set up, and the few tidbits of information requested, after you donate $1 or more to one of the listed charities and watch one or more of the video clips on The Alive with Clive TV Channel on YouTube

To participate in these Quests, invite your friends to do so too, and be one of the people to cause them to be fulfilled, click here.

So, friends, there you have it!

As mentioned above, I felt a strong surge of inspiration and encouragement from (1) the recent article I read on what is being heralded as a breakthrough in the treatment of people affected by HIV/AIDS who also have cancer, and (2) the recent report from WHO/Unicef/UNAIDS on the progress being made to gain the upper hand in efforts to cope with the devastation caused by HIV/AIDS.  

So, with your support I am confident that this endeavor can play a small, albeit vital, role in the mission ultimately to eliminate HIV/AIDS from life on earth.

I look forward to seeing the number of dollars being sent to the charities that support people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the number  of views on The Alive with Clive TV Channel on YouTube, climb towards and then surpass a billion, and to sharing The FIRST Alive with Clive Top 20 and Quotes To Multiply Your Magnificence with you, in the days ahead – starting NOW!

To participate in these Quests, invite your friends to do so too, and be one of the people to cause them to be fulfilled — starting NOW! click here.

THANK YOU!

Best regards.

Clive

(914) 274-8280

http://alivewithclive.tvmultiplying magnificence one guest at a time!

http://alivewithclive.tv/blogIt’s not just a TV Show.  It’s a Global Community!

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* To see the Blog post in which I first described my epiphany, click here.  To see the Blog post about my epiphany about my epiphany, click here

** To see the Web page on which I announced The Alive with Clive Billion Dollar AIDS Plan for 2012, now updated for 2013, click here.

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