We’ve all heard of the game “Six Degrees to Kevin Bacon.” It’s simple: start with a celebrity, say, Selma Hayek and connect her through movies to Kevin Bacon.
- Salma Hayek in Fools Rush in with
- Matthew Perry on Friends with
- Jennifer Aniston in Along Came Polly with
- Ben Stiller in Something About Mary with
- Matt Dillion in Wild Things with
- Kevin Bacon
And there’s the concept. Now take the game, and do some good with it through SixDegrees.org.
Launched by none other than Kevin Bacon himself, in partnership with Network For Good, an AOL, Yahoo and Cisco Systems backed charitable organization, celebrities advocate their favorite charities and encourage others to do the same – and that includes non-Hollywood types. It’s a great vehicle for awareness as well as fund-raising, as Bacon has promised to match the top six non-celebrity fund-raisers with a $10,000. Check out the video below for Kevin Bacon’s perspective on the charity.
Echoing the ever-growing role of the web as a social network, SixDegrees.org rallies us all around a great purpose that evolved out of a simple grassroots game. I never really considered myself a particularly huge Kevin Bacon fan, though Footloose rocked my world back in 1984, I have to say that I think a lot more highly of him now.
Special thanks to Kyle Bradbury for assisting with this article.