The web site says "We are a group of African-American professionals and students who are on a mission to leverage new technologies to educate and provide opportunities to those who need it most. Since there are so many things against black youth, we are For Black Youth because we feel that the African-American community needs targeted solutions to combat our unacceptably low educational, income and employment statistics. However, this site wholeheartedly welcomes individuals of all ethnicities who would like to contribute to or who can benefit from our offerings. Come join us. We will make a change."
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|A Vision for the Sharing Economy ||
This article reflects on what's possible in the "sharing economy" and talks about opportunities to shape the direction of this movement". |
The writer says "the sharing economy is not only a real solution, it’s also an inspiring true story. People experience it as empowering. It puts people in a new, constructive relation to one another. In the sharing economy, we host, fund, teach, drive, care, guide and cook for friends and strangers alike. This is a world where people help each other. It’s also a world where self-interest and the common good align."
Read more and follow the links to build your understanding of the "sharing economy" and it's impact on you.
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|Advancing Social Innovation blog||
It will take all three sectors of society - public, nonprofit, and private - working together to better invest taxes and philanthropic dollars, as well as to better utilize markets in more creative and strategic ways to solve social problems. This blog is written by Andrew Wolk of Root Cause.|
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|Aura's House ||Aura's House was launched in June 2004 by an Art Professor in New Jersey and her web design students. To date this online project has raised over $12,000 to build and furnish homes for needy families in Guatemala and Honduras. Our latest project is to raise $1850 to construct a well in the Indian Village of Khordanahala. To get safe water, residents currently have to make a half-mile trek to a well that is often broken down, which leaves them no choice but to use water from a contaminated pond for drinking, cooking, and washing. This leaves many of the most vulnerable in the village- babies, small children, and the elderly at risk for stomach-related illnesses and even potential death. The new well will be built in a better location with modern technology to facilitate the drawing of clean water for local families. We are also running a new ongoing project which helps send Zambian children to school for a year: $30 pays for their uniform, books and all school supplies. Without these items, children are not allowed to attend the free public schools. Since $30 is more than most Zambian families make in a month, many children are left without even a basic primary school education. Please visit http://www.aurashouse.com for more details. Photos of the people whose lives you?ll be changing are at the site. All donations are 100% US Tax Deductible.|
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|BALTA - BC-Alberta Social Economy Research Alliance||
From the web site: |
"BALTA is a regional research collaboration amongst community based organizations, universities and colleges in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada, with an interest in the social economy. BALTA's mandate involves researching various aspects of the social economy with a view to both increasing knowledge about the sector and identifying ways to strengthen and expand the sector. BALTA is the BC-Alberta node of a pan-Canadian research initiative, the Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships (CSERP). This five year research initiative (2006-2011) is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
This website and the linked online library contain an extensive and growing body of information about BALTA, its research and other programs, research results, and the social economy more broadly."
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|Beyond Good Intentions ||
This organization's goal is to identify and discuss effective models and innovative approaches in international aid and development that go beyond good|
intentions to address the needs of the world's poor.
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|Blog focused on improving lives of world's poor||A BOPreneur is an entrepreneur focused on improving the lives of the world's poorest people, the 3 billion people who earn less than $3/day, often referred to as the Base of the Pyramid (BOP). This blog shares experiences and opinions about the BOP, social entrepreneurship, sustainability.|
This article is a guest post titled "Unreasonable Crowdfunding."
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|Canadian Youth Business Foundation. ||
Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) supports young entrepreneurs throughout the life-cycle of their businesses by providing pre and post-launch coaching, financing, mentoring and business resources.|
This web site offers a wide range of resources for young people looking to be entrepreneurs. mentoring and school to work connections.
Take a look at the resources for mentoring and coaching on the site.
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Changemakers is an on-line community connecting innovators, investors, and advocates committed to building solutions to world problems.|
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|Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC)||
From the web site: "(CEC) is a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs on their path to building high-growth, sustainable businesses that serve as platforms for economic development and civic leadership. Its flagship project, 1871, fulfills CEC’s vision of a central address for entrepreneurs in Chicago. CEC runs and operates the workspace, develops programming, organizes events and ensures that the culture of 1871 allows entrepreneurs the greatest opportunity for success."|
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|Creativity, Social Benefit and Job Creation (PDF)||Creativity, Social Benefit and Job Creation: The Potential for Social Entrepreneurship in Ontario is the full title of this working paper, written by Andrea Baldwin.|
This paper makes the case that "social entrepreneurship - both in the for-profit business sector, and the non profit sector, creates economic value by creating jobs. Furthermore, it also creates service delivery and, in some cases, stimulates employment for economically disadvantaged regions or individuals."
The ideas in this report could be applied in Chicago, New York or any other city.
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|Dell Social Innovation Challenge||
From the web site:|
"The Dell Social Innovation Challenge identifies and supports promising young social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world's most pressing problems with their transformative ideas. We provide university students with world-class teaching and training, as well as with start-up capital and access to a network of mentors and advisors."
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|Encore Nation - Seniors Making a Difference
From the web site:|
"Encore.org is for people interested in encore careers – jobs that combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact. The site is published by Civic Ventures, a nonprofit think tank on boomers, work and social purpose.
While Encore.org is not a job placement service, it provides free, comprehensive information that helps people transition to jobs in the nonprofit world and the public sector."
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