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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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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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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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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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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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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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Design edu - hosted by Core77
From the web site: "Since 1995 has served a devoted global audience of industrial designers ranging from students through seasoned professionals. Core77 publishes articles, discussion forums, an extensive event calendar, hosts portfolios, job listings, a database of design firms, schools, vendors and services. Core77 provides a gathering point for designers and enthusiasts alike by producing design competitions, lecture series, parties, and exhibits." This link points to a page hosting discussion boards.

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Differences Between a 501(c) and an L3C
This article can help you understand the differences between a 501-c-3 and an L3C organization.

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Finding Common Purpose - RootCause blog
From the site: "Root Cause is a purpose-driven consulting group that exists to enable more people and families to achieve lifelong success." Browse the site. Read the blog. Learn more.

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Guidelines for forming an L3C organization in Illinois
Visit this site for steps in forming an L3C organization in Illinois.

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Illinois Innovation Network
From the web site: "The Illinois Innovation Network website launched in 2013 as a common platform to connect startups, innovation-driven enterprises, service providers, research and academic institutions, and community leaders to position Illinois as one of the world’s top innovation centers."

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Illinois Social Alliance Member Directory
You can use this directory to search for socially conscious businesses in Illinois and to submit your social enterprise for directory inclusion. Join Social Enterprise Alliance - Chicago (SEA-Chicago) in creating this community.

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Innovate with InnoCentive Challenges
From the web site: "Move beyond the standard modes of thinking and problem solving. We offer a comprehensive suite of externally and internally-focused programs, providing the methodology, technology, expert support and problem-solving network for you to crowdsource solutions to important problems." This site is built around InnoCentive Challenges, that involved a network of people from around the world.

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Innovation Intermediaries - resource
From the web site: "We have created Social Innovator to bring together the people, experience and issues involved in designing, developing and growing new ideas that meet pressing unmet needs. This material is intended to guide and support the practice of all those who can contribute to this social economy: policy‐makers who can help to create the right conditions; foundations and philanthropists who can fund and support; social organizations trying to meet needs more effectively; and of course entrepreneurs and innovators themselves." This project was co-sponsored by NESTA, an innovation foundation based in the UK.
Editor NOTE: This article is from 2010, but still is a rich resource for social entrepreneurs and innovators. The "connecting people, ideas and resources" ;goal is exactly what the Tutor/Mentor Connection seeks to do.

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International Social Marketing Association - blog
From the web site: "iSMA "is seeking to build a community among social marketers to exchange ideas and learnings so that we will all be more effective in the work we do to ‘create a better world through marketing’." This link points to their blog.

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JellyWeek Group on Facebook
This Facebook group hosted planning for the WORLDWIDE #JELLYWEEK 2012 (16 to 22 jan), with a goal of connecting social innovators to communicate and collaborate on a global level. The page is still live although the Jellyweek project ended in 2013.

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Lessons about L3C ownership
This link points to an interview with the founder of an L3C in Chicago.

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One Community: For the Highest Good of All
From the web site: "Mission Statement: To offer non-profit leadership, demonstration, and open source project-launch blueprinting to re-invent the planet as a cooperative of comprehensively sustainable and self-propagating teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities collaborating for The Highest Good of All." Browse the site to learn how this works.

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Platforms Supporting Next Generation Business - SOCAP on Facebook
SOCAP is a group meeting on Facebook. SOCAP convenes a global network of innovators working for social change. It uses this Facebook and documents such as this list of platforms supporting social enterprise activities as "a space to connect, share ideas and opportunities, have conversations, matchmake, and grow our global network as we continue to build this new paradigm together."

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Pop Tech - global network of innovators
From the web site: "PopTech brings together a global community of innovators from many fields to share insights and work together to create lasting change. Our Fellows programs for social innovators and scientists identify and train some of the world’s most promising talent. Our Labs bring together curated and diverse experts to work together on areas of critical significance. Our Initiatives incubate high-impact, collaborative and new approaches to some of the world’s toughest problems. Our annual conferences and events are among the highest rated in the United States.

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Presente on Facebook - alternative educational initiatives
presente! is a group started on Facebook in 2011, intended to boost and to bond alternative educational initiatives by connecting leaders of successful projects around the world in a lively exchange of ideas. It's goal is to "combine our strengths to mobilize the mainstream in order to follow new ways in education".

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Shared Value Initiative
From the web site: "We are a global community of leaders who find business opportunities in addressing societal challenges." This is organized and led by FSG, a social change consulting firm.

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SOCAP - network of investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders
From the web site: "We are a network of heart-centered investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders who believe in an inclusive and socially responsible economy to address the world’s toughest challenges. Since 2008, SOCAP has created a platform where social impact leaders can connect and present their ideas to a global audience. Our annual flagship event in San Francisco is the largest conference for impact investors and social entrepreneurs and has drawn more than 10,000 people."

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Social Edge discussions now archived on Skoll World Forum site
From 2003-2013 social entrepreneurs from around the world gathered on the Social Edge site to share ideas and resources. While this is no longer active, the archives are still available.

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Social Enterprise Alliance - Chicago Chapter
From the web site: "SEA/Chicago connects the community of social enterprise by hosting learning and networking opportunities among social enterprises, foundations, lenders, educators, corporations, and service providers in the Midwestern United States."

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