Bringing a Voice to the Voiceless Through Social Media and InvisiblePeople.tv
July 15, 2009
LOS ANGELES, (christiansunite.com) -- The plight of the homeless is one that many people are aware of but few choose to act on. While three million people sleep on the streets of America every night, it's a fraction of the numbers who go about their daily business with their eyes and ears closed to the issue at hand. It's this lack of knowledge that Mark Horvath is setting out to change with his Road Trip U.S.A. tour this summer for his InvisiblePeople.tv project.
Horvath's Hollywood executive background is in stark contrast to the role he finds himself in now. Once responsible for the worldwide distribution of some of America's best-loved TV shows to, Horvath became homeless himself -- not once, but twice. One was self- imposed -- a mix of drugs, bad decisions and stress -- while the second time was due to the current economy. Now, with just $45, a laptop, a camera and his use of social media, Horvath wants to show that knowing homelessness exists is just half the problem.
"I hate the term awareness," says Horvath about his role in highlighting the growing homeless crisis. "We are aware of homelessness but we choose to ignore it. I simply want to help the ignorance be replaced by understanding and knowledge."
The Road Trip U.S.A. tour, which is co-sponsored by Whrrl, Ford, Hanes, 'Lord Save Us From Your Followers' and Big Finish Media will see InvisiblePeople.tv visit over 25 cities across the U.S., with a mix of rural areas, larger cities, homeless shelters and youth facilities. Homelessness discriminates against no-one and it's this simple fact that Horvath wants to share through his videos. These will be posted on Horvath's vlog as well as Vimeo, Youtube, and shared through social media networks like Twitter and Facebook.
"Social media, with its instant reach and impact, is the perfect information hub for InvisiblePeople.tv and the stories I want to share," states Horvath. "For example, most people won't know that the average age of a homeless person in America today is nine years old. People don't choose to be homeless, yet this is the view that much of America has. This needs to change, and the stories that InvisiblePeople.tv have shared and will share will hopefully be the first step in this change happening. This isn't CNN -- this is raw, unedited footage. This is the reality of America today."
For more information please visit InvisiblePeople.tv at www.invisiblepeople.tv
About Mark Horvath and InvisiblePeople.tv Mark Horvath started his executive career with the worldwide distribution of Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy; Married with Children; 21 Jump Street, plus many other syndicated shows. He has over 30 years of leadership, management and marketing experience with the last 14 years being in the nonprofit sector. He now uses his media and non-profit reach to self-fund his InvisiblePeople.tv project to offer a voice to America's homeless.