Invisible People: Exploring Homelessness through Social Media [VIDEO]

15 years ago Mark Horvath was homeless.  Today he spends his time advocating for often “invisible” homeless communities located throughout the US and Canada; his tools: a camera, a blog, and the social grid.  Thanks to three sites and a twitter account, Horvath has been able to garner considerable attention to growing levels of economic disparity across the continent, and to the diverse groups of people ranging economic and educational backgrounds affected by poverty and homelessness.  Horvath has not accomplished this by highlighting statistics, however, but by sharing his own story, and by encouraging people from across the continent to share stories about their experiences with homelessness as well.

The best recognized examples of Horvath’s work can be found on, a site that features videos of people sharing their experience of being homeless with the intention of destigmatizing the issue and drawing attention to potential avenues for change.  Horvath’s work on is complemented by a second site called WeAreVisible, which encourages people who have dealt with periods of homelessness, or homelessness activists, to collaborate online by sharing stories and ideas with each other, and with the broader public through social media.

While much has been said in the past about apathetic and uncommitted “like” button activism, Horvath’s work is a testament to how social media can be used as a tool to promote individual voice and to empower people through grassroots activism online.  In celebration of this, Horvath was listed as one of five finalists for the Mashable Awards in the category of Most Influential Social Good Champion.

To vote for Mark Horvath, or see who else is up for nomination, please visit the Mashable Awards. You can also visit Horvath’s personal blog:

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