Ten for 10 in 2010 – Amazing People

As we approach the end of the year, I thought it might be fun to share Ten for 10 in 2010 – a list of people, blogs, apps, platforms and more that I think you might enjoy checking out in 2010.

These are just personal takes, and will probably either see you agreeing or thinking I’ve lost the plot – and either one is fine by me! As with any list, this is subjective so please feel free to leave your own recommendations in the comments after the post.

This time around, ten people that are doing amazing things and you should really get to know in 2010. I hope you enjoy.

  1. Mark Lovett. One of the things that stood out for me in 2009 was the emergence of Mark Lovett and his Global Patriot project. The idea – to spread patriotism globally. Take the love for your country and offer it to everyone – not a bad aim, in my book. Mark also presented three Music as Medicine concerts in support of Doctors Without Borders, and showed how music truly does bring us all together.
  2. Darius Bashar. Hailing from my neck of the woods, Toronto native Darius Bashar is a man on an incredibly inspiring mission. Co-founder of the brilliant Daily Challenge initiative, Darius’s goal is simple – to use technology and the Internet to inspire people around the world to do good. Works for me.
  3. Samantha Nutt. Founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada (12for12k’s first charity in 2009), Samantha Nutt is simply an amazing person. Tireless in her mission to help kids trapped in conflicts, she live tweeted from one particularly dangerous warzone earlier this year and shared the stories of the people affected. You need to know Samantha today.
  4. Mark Horvath. Anyone that knows me will know I love Mark Horvath and what he does. His Invisible People blog is relentless at bringing the stories of the homeless to a wider audience, and he braves the streets of Los Angeles and beyond to offer a voice to the voiceless. One of life’s true heroes, Mark Horvath is someone I admire immensely.
  5. Susan Murphy. I love people with passion, and they don’t come much more passionate than Susan Murphy. Her energy is boundless; her enthusiasm contagious. She’s a creator of stories and a sharer of personal wealth. She teaches kids how to be great. She lives life the way it’s meant to be lived. Simply put, Susan Murphy is showing us how to be amazing every day.
  6. Nate St. Pierre. If there’s one person I feel a real affinity to even though we’ve never met, it’s Nate St. Pierre. Nate has a project called It Starts With Us, where his belief that real change around us is inside us comes to life. Nate is someone I believe is going to be a life and game changer in 2010 – make sure you hop on board early.
  7. Gabe O’Neill. To me, our kids are the ones that we need to help grow and instill belief in if we want to become better people, and no-one epitomizes that like Gabe O’Neill. Co-founder of the amazing Kids Are Heroes project, Gabe inspires children to learn from each other and be inspired to create change and hope. Something us adults could learn a thing or two from.
  8. Sasha H. Muradali. One of the amazingly talented Generation Y folks that I’m blessed to know, Sasha H. Muradali is an incredible individual. She wears many hats – PR, marketing, community manager, fashionista, awesome blogger – and is forever positive, no matter how down she may be personally. A bright glow in an often dull space, Sasha should be on your radar in 2010.
  9. David Spinks. Another Gen Y superstar (what are these folks drinking?), David Spinks has been on my awesome list for a while. He’s one of the smartest minds around, he writes an excellent and thought-provoking blog, and he’s helping Scribnia become one of the best platforms around for bloggers and authors everywhere. Oh, and he also co-runs a great Under 30 Pro Twitter chat every week. Kudos, sir.
  10. Amy Neumann. A veteran of the Internet and media industry for 15 years, Amy Neumann is much more. Continuously looking at ways to improve charity awareness and non-profit work, Amy takes the expertise of consulting with Fortune 500 companies and shares her smarts with non-profits. One of my favourite folks around.

So these are ten amazing people I feel you’d really benefit from knowing in 2010. But these are just ten among many more – who would be on your amazing list? Please feel free to leave your own recommendations in the comments.

I’ll be taking a break both tomorrow and Boxing Day, as I look to spend some much-needed time relaxing with loved ones. Hopefully you can join me again on Sunday December 27 when I share more Ten for 10 in 2010 goodies.

Cheers, and a very Merry Christmas to you!

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  1. says

    That’s a nice looking list Danny.
    I’ve just added most of these people to twitter (if I didn’t have them already) to watch and see if your predictions come true.
    .-= 40deuce´s most recent blog post … =-.

  2. says

    I can’t figure out how to put my face next to my comment like all the other cool kids on this site, which is probably a good thing, or I might be led into temptation and put up something inappropriate like a shaved hamster!

    You may want to check out Joel Postman if you’re not already aware of him. He’s @jpostman and http://www.socializedpr.com/ He has some decent insight into marketing, the tech industry, and just plain living. He site is in my regular reading list, and I asked for his book “SocialCorp: Social Media Goes Corporate” for Christmas, but I won’t get it. Santa knows I was bad again this year (I can’t help myself, it’s congenital).
    .-= Christopher L. Jorgensen´s most recent blog post …Nike =-.

  3. says

    Hey Danny,

    I’ve told you many times already, but you have always been a great inspiration, friend and mentor to me. I’m extremely grateful that we’ve been able to connect this year and I’m truly looking forward to keeping it rolling through 2010.

    Some great people up there. Checking out the invisible people blog now. Will add the rest that I didn’t know to my radar (=

    In your own words… Cheers mate!


  4. says

    I am both honored and humbled to be on a list with so many amazing and inspiring people. 2009 has been the best year of my life and mostly because of all the awesome people I have met, including of course the one and only Mr.Danny Brown.

    Your tenacity and dedication have picked up my spirits on many occasions when I really needed it. You are such an inspiration to our city, our country and to the world.

    Look forward to 2010 and seeing what type of ‘Good’ your are going to get yourself into.

    Cheers and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


  5. says

    Hey there, Danny. Happy holidays. This is a great list you’ve started. Your passion for helping others is contagious and I always learn something new from you about others out there helping the less fortunate. Kudos.

    @SuzeMuse and @DavidSpinks are the two I know best on this list, so it was a great chance to get to meet some new folks. Love what David, Lauren (@CubanaLAF) and Scott Hale (@sjhalestorm) have got going with #u30pro. That chat is a real winner.

    Can think of several folks I’d love to add to the list — @arikhanson, @valeriesimon, @rachelakay, @prtini, @angieswaartz, @ramon_deleon (this guy’s passion is unmatched IMO). But I’d like to encourage folks to get to know Beverly Macy (@beverlymacy) and Rodney Rumford (@rumford) if they don’t already.

    Last February Beverly and Rodney were nice enough to invite me to speak at the inaugural @GravitySummit conference at UCLA. Gravity Summit is a day-long social media story sharing seminar full of awesome people and great educational opportunities. A few months later — in September I believe — Beverly and Rodney put on Gravity Summit conference at Harvard headlined by keynote speakers @Garyvee and @MCHammer. CNN streamed the conference on CNNLive.com.

    If you’re looking for people who are passionate about social media education and bringing people together, you’re looking for Beverly and Rodney (Note: Rodney is also the Chief Innovation Officer for @Tweetphoto, which will soon be seen as the runaway best photosharing experience on Twitter and across social networks IMO).

    Cheers and happy holidays to all.

    Justin Goldsborough
    .-= Justin Goldsborough´s most recent blog post …Social media measurement misnomers, part 1 =-.

  6. Valerie Simon says

    Happy Holidays Danny! Could not agree with you more when it comes to your Gen Y picks (love Sasha and David) and look forward to following/ getting to know the others in 2010.

    Thanks so much for the shout out Justin! I feel very fortunate to have met you in 2009 and appreciate your suggestions above -I am already big fans of many of them (such as @CubanaLAF, @arikhanson, @rachelakay and @prtini) but you have directed me to some new folks as well!(@beverlymacy and @rumford))

    Along with Justin (@jgoldborough) I’ll add my #PRStudChat partner, @dbreakenridge, a true PR 2.0 leader and one of the most genuine and generous individuals I have had the opportunity to work with.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family!


  7. says

    To be mentioned along side such an illustrious group of people who are dedicated to changing the world is quite an honor. An equal honor is to be friends with a true catalyst of change!

    Your tireless work has enhanced the lives of thousands in 2009, and I’m sure your amazing efforts will continue in 2010! I’m proud to be on your team!


    Mark Lovett
    .-= Global Patriot´s most recent blog post …Climate Change – Live From San Diego =-.

  8. says

    Awesome list Danny. I will follow some I’ve not followed yet.

    My personal opinion is that you’d be on top of of your own list here. It actually demonstrates how modest you are as a person and that’s why so admired.

    Wish you and all a very happy Xmas and wonderful New Year.

    • says

      It’s down to perception, I guess, Ari – would a mass murderer or serial killer be described as amazing? Perhaps – but would you want to mix up the same description? 😉

  9. says


    Late to the game (the holidays = me behind in my reader), but just wanted to tell you that I love your 10 for 10 idea. The posts have been really interesting. This list includes a number of people I don’t know yet … can’t want to start following. Thanks, as always, for providing quality info. :)

    And, Justin and Valerie — thanks for the shoutouts. You guys rock.

    .-= Heather Whaling´s most recent blog post …“Wave” Hello to Google’s Newest Addition =-.

    • says

      Just normal media image uploader, and then right hand placement. Sized them all as 150x150px thumbnails, then reduced to 60% of that size.