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More than 2000 links are organized into 25 categories.  Browse the categories and sub categories to find links to web sites with information you can use to build and sustain strong organizations helping youth move through school and into jobs and careers.  Some of the links point to older pages on some web sites. Click to the "home" page to find the most current information being shared. Look for social media links and connect with these organizations in social media. Look for the resource pages and visit sites that these organizations point to. This is a huge resource and it keeps growing. As you get to know what's here, by frequent visits,  it will grow in its value to you.

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Benefit Chicago - launched in 2016 aims to provide $100m in social sector investment in Chicago region
From the web site: "Benefit Chicago is a new collaboration (of The Chicago Community Trust, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Calvert Foundation, that aims to mobilize $100 million in impact investments for nonprofits and social enterprises working throughout the Chicago region." Visit the web site and read more.

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Chicago Beyond - aims to improve the lives of Chicago’s young people
From the web site: "Chicago Beyond works in close partnership with UChicago Urban Labs in its efforts invests in innovative ideas and scalable programs to amplify impact while addressing two urgent issues that are flip sides of the same coin –youth safety and educational attainment."

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Civic Exchange Chicago - coworking space centered on how news, information and technology
Launched in 2019. From the web site: "Civic Exchange Chicago is a coworking space and learning community centered on how news, information and technology can increase democracy and freedom."

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First Round - a knowledge base for start-ups and entrepreneurs
If you're starting a business, or even a non profit, you should get to know the First Round web site. It has draws upon an extensive web library to answer questions site users might have, and to organize events and services that support entrepreneurs.

Note: If the Tutor/Mentor Connection were starting over, and had capital and tech talent, it would look much like this First Round web site.

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Making Sense of Impact Investing
This article addresses the fact that "not everyone agrees on what impact investing is".

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The Global Opportunity Explorer - showcase the most innovative solutions, market opportunities and cities
From the web site: "Rooted in over five years of research involving 18,000 business leaders and 17 expert panels, the Explorer guides you through hundreds of sustainable solutions and market opportunities which address the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

The Global Opportunity Explorer also showcases 300 of the most innovative urban climate solutions from cities around the world." Browse the site and learn about its resources.

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Zebras Unite - more ethical and inclusive movement to support social entrepreneurs
This statement captures the spirit and motivation of the Zebras Unite effort: "We believe that developing alternative business models to the startup status quo has become a central moral challenge of our time. These alternative models will balance profit and purpose, champion democracy, and put a premium on sharing power and resources. Companies that create a more just and responsible society will hear, help, and heal the customers and communities they serve." Browse the web site. Learn more. Get involved.

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1871 - workplace for social entrepreneurs in Chicago
From the web site: "Founded in 2012, 1871 was created to support Chicago’s digital startup community. Since that time, it has become the hub for the city’s thriving technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Today 1871 is the home of more than 400 early-stage, high-growth digital startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, this 120,000 square foot facility is also the headquarters of nationally recognized accelerators, industry-specific incubators, tech talent schools, the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition — the state’s leading technology advocate, a number of Chicago-based VCs, and satellite offices for Northwestern University, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, DeVry University, and DePaul University."

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A Better Place - Germany's largest on-line donation platform
This is "a platform which would give people the chance to present their work to a global audience and to find people who wanted to see what concrete difference their support was making. The betterplace lab emerged alongside the betterplace.org platform. The betterplace lab researches where social and digital innovation meets, analysing trends in how people are changing the world and showcases inspiring examples of the internet and mobile phones improving lives."

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A map of the open innovation ecosystem
From the web site: "The innovation ecosystem refers to the various programs, projects and institutions that come together to deliver innovation. This interaction works based on a premise that innovation is more likely at the interface between boundaries." This article attempts to "show the different parts of the system and provide an idea of which parts interact."

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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 its impact on you.

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Additional Ideas for Social Entrepreneurs - from this web site
This link points to an archived Discussion forum on this web site, where I've pointed to some social enterprise links that are not included in this part of the library.

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Article: Hybrid Model for Non Profits Not working - 2010 article
ThisNew York Times article is worth reading for any on profit that thinks creating a business model is easy, or that it always works.

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Ashoka.org - Supporting Social Innovation
From the web site: "Ashoka US was launched in 2001 when we began supporting social entrepreneurs in the United States as Ashoka Fellows. Together with our partners, we have supported more than 200 social entrepreneurs and connected them into a dynamic peer network to help grow their ideas and impact.

We also work to ensure that every child masters empathy through our Start Empathy initiative, that teens and college students are equipped with changemaking tools and skills through our Youth Venture and Ashoka U programs and that networks of changemakers and social innovators across the US are able to scale their ideas and impact through competitions produced by our Changemakers team."

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Association for Enterprise Opportunity AEO
From the web site: "AEO is a national membership organization and voice of microbusiness development in the United States. For more than two decades, AEO and its hundreds of member organizations have helped more than two million entrepreneurs support themselves and their families and contribute to their communities through business ownership.

Mission: AEO creates economic opportunity for underserved entrepreneurs. AEO supports the development of strong and effective US microbusiness initiatives to assist underserved entrepreneurs in starting, stabilizing, and expanding businesses.

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Aura's House
From the web site: "Aura’s House is a grassroots online project that raises funds for housing, health, income generation, and education projects for needy children in developing countries.

It was originally created to raise $4500 to build a safe, sturdy brick home for Aura Hernandez and her family in Guatemala. Since our goal was met in November of 2004, we decided to launch other small projects that bring big changes to the lives of families in developing countries. Aura’s House At A Glance."

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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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Big Marker - helps you build a community
From the web site: "With better tools for conversations, sharing resources, webinars and video conferencing, BigMarker helps your group make a mark. Thousands of organizations, teams, and movements use their BigMarker community as a destination for learning, sharing, support, and collaboration."

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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.

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Busniness Plan Competitions - Mentor Capital Network
From the web site: "Our Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration supports the entrepreneurs behind mission driven, for-profit social enterprises, no matter where they are in the world. Over the years, we’ve supported over 950 ventures with over $6mm worth of intellectual “mentor” capital, giving entrepreneurial teams customized feedback on their business plans and access to a network of over 1,000 of the world’s best industry and regional experts who have given their time to support these startup teams. We seek to create and accelerate opportunities for these teams to make a serious, innovative, and scalable difference in the world."

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Changemakers - global network
From the web site: "Changemakers activates a global network of social entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders, policy makers and activists to build an Everyone a Changemaker world."

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Changemaking Today - Ashoka Community Stories
From the website: "How we work: Our vision and understanding of the world comes from Ashoka’s experience in pioneering the field of social entrepreneurship over the last 35 years—finding, selecting, and supporting the world’s leading social entrepreneurs (Ashoka Fellows). The network of more than 3,000 Ashoka Fellows is implementing system-changing solutions to human and environmental problems in 93 countries.

Our work with Ashoka Fellows helps us see patterns of social development across various fields, providing key levers and a new framework for living in the world as a changemaker. We help people see the world differently so they can do differently, fully participating in the new environment. For example, Ashoka is building and activating networks to create fundamental changes in the growing up experience of children and young people so that everyone can become a changemaker." This link points to a map showing the worldwide changemaker network.

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Create Growth Through Innovation
From the web site: "New & Improved, LLC, is a global organizational development firm that focuses on the people skills organizations need to create growth through innovation. We develop groups of individuals who excel at creative thinking and working productively together."

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Creativity, Social Benefit and Job Creation - Ontario (PDF)
Creativity, Social Benefit and Job Creation: The Potential for Social Entrepreneurship in Ontario is the full title of this 2009 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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Crowdfunding sites - Forbes 2014 list
If you're interested in crowdfunding this list offers some options. Browse the magazine web site for other stories on this topic.

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