Her first book, S4: Success Secrets of the Sales Superstars(2003), was co-written with author, trainer, and entrepreneur Ardy Roberto. Her second book, [r]evolutionaries: Stories of young Filipinos who have turned the world around, upside down, and inside out, was co-written with Silvie Bandiola-Agravante and published by the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Foundation. It is scheduled to be released in the second quarter of 2010.
More than these, Niña is a communications strategist who uses her wide range of skills, experiences, and interests to connect the dots and cook up messaging and branding ideas that infect audiences and markets and incite them to positive action. When she is not working, blogging, or practicing yoga, Niña is addressing young Filipinos about their potentials to bring positive change to the country through alternative means.
BASED ON TRUE EVENTS: “The Third Halftime” is the story of Spitz, the Jewish coach of the historic Macedonia Football Team during the WW2, which under his leadership became the champion of the fascist-controlled National Football League.
ReliefWeb is your source for timely, reliable and relevant humanitarian information and analysis.
Our goal is to help you make sense of humanitarian crises worldwide. To do this, we scan the websites of international and non-governmental organizations, governments, research institutions and the media for news, reports, press releases, appeals, policy documents, analysis and maps related to humanitarian emergencies worldwide. We then ensure the most relevant content is available on ReliefWeb, or delivered through your preferred channel (RSS, e-mail,Twitter or Facebook).
We also produce maps and infographics to illustrate and explain humanitarian crises. To ensure ReliefWeb is updated around the clock, we maintain offices in three different time zones: Kobe (Japan), Geneva (Switzerland) and New York (USA). Wherever you are in the world, you can follow ReliefWeb on Twitter and Facebook, where we tweet on important and interesting humanitarian events, issues and content that we come across.
Leah, amazing as always! Your prose is poignant, your photos profound, my praise is profound. Thanks for sharing, inspiring and documenting your travels, your spirit and your vision.
Sometimes, it makes you wonder…Why there are no celebrations to show the courage the squatter folks have. No dinners to commemorate how industrious and creative they live their lives amidst financial difficulties.These men know how to earn a living in ways the president couldn’t imagine…but howcome no one applauds them? Even opportunities to be heard have been denied to them so many times because they were in this side of life where their voices, no matter loud, are not heard. Or even a small project to clean the beach?
Founded2007AboutTeachStreet.com is all about connecting eager learners with local experts. From yoga and art to guitar and dance. Come check us out and learn something new! www.teachstreet.comGeneral InformationTeachStreet is privately-funded and located in downtown Seattle, WA. We’ve formally launched in major cities all over the U.S. and are growing bigger all the time. In fact, customers have listed classes in more than 500 cities across the country.
Joining TeachStreet is absolutely free, and it takes only a few minutes to register. Once you become a member, you can take advantage of all of TeachStreet’s features and benefits.
Members can: *Review classes: Students can spread the word about classes they love, or get the scoop on a course they’ve been thinking about taking. And teachers can promote their work with starred reviews that tout their skills.
*Search (and be found) with ease: No more wasting hours online trying to find a class, or bugging friends for a lead. TeachStreet makes it easy to search thousands of local classes, by subject or teacher.
*Achieve your goals: Teachers can grow their businesses while doing what they love; and students can browse articles, take classes, and get the resources they need to learn something new. MissionTo connect eager learners with amazing teachers.
DescriptionTeachStreet is a dynamic online community that brings motivated learners and talented teachers together. On one hand, this is a place where people who love to learn can find classes that are just right for them. On the other, we offer a public forum that helps teachers, coaches, and other experts share what they know. In the process, TeachStreet helps these experts grow their businesses with simple online tools they can use to promote their classes, workshops and special events. So they can then focus on what they do best—teach.
Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.
Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
Call us biased, but we think that there are dozens of reasons why you should come to a Startup Weekend! Since we know your time is valuable, we’ll only list the top ten:
Education: Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.
Build your network: This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or a even an investor.
Co-Founder Dating: We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
Learn a new skill: Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are prefect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
Meet the 18 people behind your favorite social media accounts
For brands, social media is a relatively new marketing platform that has grown exponentially over the past few years. And investing in social media now has never been more important, as experts say social media is on target to be a $30 billion industry (per year) by 2015.
Hiring a talented social media manager to take your brand from 1 fan to 1 million is a major factor in determining your business’s success and failure. We tracked down the globe’s finest social media managers behind brands such as Virgin America, The New York Times, Gizmodo, Flavorpill, Thrillist, TOMS, NASA, Intel, Etsy, HowAboutWe, Vanity Fair, Samsung, Fast Company, ELLE and even interviewed our very own Amalia Agathou from The Next Web. These aren’t just talented individuals. These are human beings pioneering a new profession.
When an issue arises, these are the men and women that have to spring into action. Do they use Hootsuite, Radian6, CoTweet, Vitrue or Awareness for social media monitoring? Where do you spend the most time? How do you keep conversation colloquial yet still professional? How do they encourage user-generated content, commenting, gamification, social aggregation and what’s the art of content curation? And what about geolocation? Are they on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Trumblr, Gowalla, Loopt, SoundCloud, Slideshare, vYou, Flickr or even GetGlue? What do they think of Google+? Which is their fastest growing media account? And do you ever sleep? We ask them here .
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There is a wealth of social entrepreneurism in the Philippines which I have been privileged to know. For example, check out ChangeLab Philippines
ChangeLab builds business partnership with women micro-entrepreneurs at the informal economy to help them develop more sustainable, scalable, profitable and formal enterprises.
It is a micro-franchise business incubation program that would include: capacity-building and mentoring on business management and bookkeeping, culinary, kitchen and sanitation management; store beautification and facility upgrade (water and sanitation); access to market opportunities, supply chain and support network; access to sustainable, low-carbon technologies (alternative energy-efficient cookstove and solar power).
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HAPINOY PROGRAM FROM THE PHILIPPINES FOR WINNING THE US$25,000 GRANT!
Congratulations also to UPLift Initiative from Thailand for winning the US$10,000 grant for the Best Financial Literacy/Livelihood proposal!
In a surprise development at the Grand Finals, MasterCard put forward a US$10,000 special prize for the Most Creative Community Outreach proposal, which the judges awarded to Painting the Road to Empowerment from India.
Watch the winning teams’ submissions here. The winning teams will blog about the progress of their projects on the Project Inspire website from September 2011 and commence fieldwork by December 1, 2011. Join our mailing list or Project Inspire Facebook page and mailing list for updates!
The Hapinoy Program
The winning project was determined by a combination of public votes and judges scores from the Grand Finals event on 24 August.
Team: Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Michelle Pabalan, Mark Ruiz (Philippines)
Who the project helps: Women micro-entrepreneurs in Southern Luzon, Philippines
Get to know the team behind The Hapinoy Program
What or who is your greatest source of inspiration?
Our greatest sources of inspiration are our nanays (mothers). They are the most important collaborators of Hapinoy as they co-create the components of the program with us. We’ve witnessed the transformation of their mindsets, self-image and belief systems. We take inspiration from them as they transform into empowered entrepreneurs, mothers and wives. And most of all, our nanays have found a larger purpose than just to grow one’s business - it is also to help their local communities. Hapinoy is a distribution platform made up of the poor, in order to help the poor.
Why do you think women’s empowerment is important?
Here in the Philippines, we have a saying: “Ang ina ang ilaw ng tahanan,” which translated means “The mother is the light of the household.��? Our belief in women’s empowerment is also embedded in our culture. There also have been studies that show women are good entrepreneurs because the bulk of their revenue goes to their families and towards good investments. We are confident that the empowerment of women will create sustainable communities.
How will you change the world for women and girls?
Hapinoy believes that given the right access to goods and opportunities, the poor will be able to lift themselves out of poverty. We work towards the economic and social growth of the communities we engage. We believe we are changing the world for women as we help develop them into successful micro entrepreneurs and leaders of their communities.
What can other people do to help disadvantaged women and girls?
Collaboration is key for the Hapinoy program as it is made to be a platform for like-minded individuals, institutions and corporations. They not only provide another perspective to what we’re trying to achieve, but they’re stakeholders on board with the program.
Women have the power to lift themselves out of poverty. All they need are opportunities to take. With the co-creation of programs between different groups and individuals, we believe we all can create big opportunities for women to change their lives for good.
What is your favorite inspirational quote?
“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
‘The Hapinoy Program’ from the Philippines Wins Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World Grand Prize
Posted By Malinee Pumipat On August 26, 2011 @ 1:00 am In Charity
The Singapore National Committee for UN Women(UN Women Singapore) and MasterCard Worldwide today awarded a US$25,000 Women’s Empowerment grant to ‘The Hapinoy Program’ from the Philippines at the Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World Grand Finals held at the INSEAD Asia Campus in Singapore.
Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, who represented his team for ‘The Hapinoy Program’, was among the 10 finalists who pitched their project ideas to a live judging panel comprised of today’s top global development and social entrepreneurial experts, social advocates and business leaders.
r winning project aims to support 1,000 women ‘sari-sari’ (or neighborhood convenience store) owners in Luzon in the southern Philippines through micro-finance. Hapinoy trains the women micro-entrepreneurs in personal and business development, management systems, and better priced goods, and introduces additional revenue channels.
A joint initiative by UN Women Singapore and MasterCard, Project Inspire was launched in March to commemorate the 100th year of International Women’s Day and to celebrate MasterCard’s 25th year in the region. The 10 finalists – from Australia (2), Ghana, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore (2), India and the Philippines (2) – were selected out of 450 youth teams worldwide who submitted their life-changing ideas to empower women and girls across Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa in the form of 5-minute pitch videos (or written proposals) for a chance to win the US$25,000 grant.
The judges also awarded a special grant of US$10,000 to Mark Cox, who represented his team from Thailand for the Best Financial Literacy/Livelihood proposal. Their project, ‘UPLift Initiative’, will empower Burmese women migrants living in landfills at the border of Thailand and Myanmar by building a women’s resource centre that provides financial literacy training and skills for income generation activities.
In a surprise development at the Grand Finals, MasterCard put forward a US$10,000 special prize for the Most Creative Community Outreach proposal, which the judges awarded to Madhura Dutta for ‘Painting the Road to Empowerment’ from India. Her team’s program benefits abused and discriminated women from Pingla, East India, who have a unique culture of earning a living by singing and painting. Her winning project aims to replicate the successful Pingla model in the nearby village of Chandipur, bringing this artistic talent to the production of diversified products including decorative scrolls and other artworks.
Patrick Turner, Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, INSEAD and Project Inspire judging panel lead said: “It is in the very nature of Project Inspire, of course, that it focuses on improving the lives of women, mostly in underprivileged areas of the world – a very laudable aim in itself. But beyond this, it brings together mainly young people from all parts of the planet, feeling passionately about issues, and thinking as entrepreneurs of how to make things happen in pursuit of social change. Being involved with these young people is, for me, an incredibly satisfying and rewarding experience.”
“The inaugural Project Inspire has been a rewarding journey. We are overwhelmed by the number of submissions that we received from the socially-conscious youth around the world and the global spirit that has come through to support the empowerment of women. To see the Grand Finals taking place and to have met 10 exceptional finalists, who have been exchanging ideas, is worth all the hard work of the team from MasterCard and UN Women Singapore. We congratulate the winning teams and all the finalists for their outstanding work,” said Trina Liang-Lin, President, UN Women Singapore.
“We would like to congratulate the winning teams for their outstanding proposals to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged women and girls in the Philippines, Thailand and India. The past six months has been an incredible journey, and we would also like to recognize every young person who submitted their ideas,” said Georgette Tan, vice president, communications, Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa, MasterCard Worldwide. “We came together with UN Women Singapore to bring greater understanding of women’s empowerment to young people and give them a platform for action. We truly hope that each Project Inspire participant continues on their journey to create a better tomorrow – this isn’t the end of the journey, it’s just the beginning, and we can all play a part.”
The winning projects were judged on project sustainability, impact and long-term economic or social benefit to disadvantaged women and girls in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa. The three winning teams will blog about the progress of their projects on the Project Inspire website from September 2011 and commence fieldwork by 1 December 2011.
WHAT:Project Inspire serves as a worldwide platform for 18-35 year-olds, offering them the chance to make their ideas a reality in an effort to empower disadvantaged women and girls in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa.
Project Inspire is jointly organized by UN Women Singapore and MasterCard with support from INSEAD, Bain & Company and Channel NewsAsia.
450 pitch proposals submitted from youth around the world
Youth teams represented 50 different countries from Africa to Asia to Middle East, the Americas & Pacific Islands
Supporters from 117 countries worldwide have shown their support for women’s empowerment by visiting the Project Inspire website:www.5MinutestoChangetheWorld.org
1 March 2011:
Project Inspire Launch & Call for Pitches Opened
30 June 2011:
Call for Pitches Concluded
1 Aug 2011:
Public Voting Commenced
19 Aug 2011:
Public Voting Concluded
24 Aug 2011:
Grand Finals in Singapore
Winning Projects Kick-off
WHY WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT:
Grand Prize US$25,000 Winner
Project: The Hapinoy Program
Team: Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Michelle Pabalan, Mark Ruiz (Philippines)
Who the project helps: Women micro-entrepreneurs in Southern Luzon, Philippines
Financial Literacy/Livelihood US$10,000 Grant Winner
Project: UPLift Initiative
Team: Mark Cox, Jennifer Jones, Nobel (Thailand)
Who the project helps: Oppressed Burmese women migrants and their families in Thailand
MOST CREATIVE COMMUNITY OUTREACH US$10,000 Grant Winner
Who the project helps: Women and girls in Chandipur Village, India
Note to editors: For profiles of the ten Project Inspire finalists and to learn more about the Project Inspire judging panel, visit www.5MinutestoChangetheWorld.org
Project Inspire supports the heightened need to devote resources to the empowerment of women. Despite great strides in their socio-economic standing over the past 100 years, statistics show that women account for 70% of the world’s poor.
Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours but earn only 10% of the income and own 1% of the world’s property. Giving these disadvantaged women more opportunities to stand on their own feet has enormous socio-economic ramifications, as empowering women fuels economies, spurring productivity and growth.
A growing body of research demonstrates that there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women. The Global Gender Gap Report 2009, for one, issued by the World Economic Forum found no country where men and women were equal, but noted that where the gender disparity gap was narrower, countries were more economically competitive and prosperous.
Matthew Scharpnick is the co-founder and chief strategy officer at Elefint Designs, a design and marketing firm that works with good causes. He founded Elefint Designs on the premise that organizations doing good for the world deserve great design. Matthew received his MBA from UC Irvine and has worked with good causes for more than a decade. Follow him on Twitter @elefint.
Cross-Border Social Innovation
Hosted by Selen Uçak and Matthias Scheffelmeier (August 2011)
Given the multitude of global development challenges and the resources invested in solving them, there is a clear need for proven social innovations to spread effectively around the world, as well as for social entrepreneurs to collaborate internationally. The vision of the Ashoka Globalizer Projectsays it all: great social innovations travel to improve people’s lives around the globe and inspire more changemakers.
Cross-border social innovation already takes place in various forms. Developed-world entrepreneurs often realize the enormous social impact - and market potential - of their technological innovations in the developing world, such as a solar light bulb, or innovate specifically with the local needs in mind, such as a no-nonsense car for Africa. There are also global networks, conferences, competitions and awards to facilitate innovation, be it to challenge international innovators to solve local problems of a particular city or to reinvent the toilet that will benefit nearly 3 billion people in the developing world.
In addition to the social innovation efforts driven by the developed world, closer ties among social entrepreneurs from countries in various stages of development are vital to inclusive and effective innovation. As a part of the so-called “south-south” cooperation, we need to unleash the potential for local innovators to create solutions jointly and to finance, replicate and scale their projects by leveraging the growing economic and diplomatic ties among their countries.The evolution of India, China and Brazil from aid recipients into donors (and, let’s also addTurkey to this list) may be an important catalyst, especially considering their strong interest in Africa.
And, the “north” can be integral to this process by facilitating and supporting such exchanges, not to mention learn from them. As an upcoming book about African innovation highlights, necessity is the mother of invention and the resourcefulness and creativity of social entrepreneurs in developing countries can also benefit the rest of the world.
For example, when Turkish Ashoka fellow Sengul Akcar, who runs dozens of women’s cooperatives in Turkey, wants to promote solar cooking, does she have the chance to work directly with entrepreneurs and women in Kenya, where this innovation has already been adopted, so that they can exchange ideas on production, marketing and implementation, and perhaps come up with a new product or business model altogether? How can the US organizations and funders that aim to spread the use of solar cookers ensure this collaborationand spread lessons learned to other countries?
Given our experience with international social entrepreneurship so far and the evolving dynamics in the developing world, the questions we pose to you are:
What makes a social innovation most likely to spread globally? What kinds of ideas travel most effectively?
What are the main challenges when innovations travel across borders? What is needed to ensure success when innovating for a different geography or population?
How can we best leverage the internet and social media; academic and public-private partnerships; collaborative spaces and incubators; and social entrepreneurship networks in cross-border social innovation? What can be the role of diaspora communities?
Join Selen Uçak, Executive Director of The American Turkish Society, and Matthias Scheffelmeier, country coordinator for Ashoka Turkey, in this important conversation.
The Social Enterprise Learning Modules cover basic elements and information about planning and operating a social enterprise. Each module covers key principles and offers leads and links to further resources. We hope the worksheets assist you in your learning and use of the modules.
This is the initial on-line version of the learning modules, a bit beyond BETA, but definitely Version 1. We really welcome your input, suggestions, and referrals to further resources of various kinds. Also, as you use these materials for personal learning, workshop materials, or a discussion guide please send us your feedback as the plan is to make this an iterative process, which requires constant evolving and enhancing.
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Below is a brief slide presentation with background information on the Social Enterprise Learning Toolkit.
The facebook of social responsibility
With the success of facebook, G+, and Twitter, one social networking site tries to use the world phenomenon for social responsibility, impact, and action. Although it is only available in the USA for now, there is no stopping visionary, progressive, and tech-savvy Filipinos from creating the same.
by: P3 Reposts=Social Responsibility
Artists beware! Your freedom of expression is now threatened by conservative Catholics who do not want to be offended by your creations. Usually, if one does not want to be offended by something, they look away or do not partake. This time, they want to repeal your right all together. Progress!
Here’s a crazy idea: Persuade the world to try living in peace for just one day, every September 21. In this energetic, honest talk, Jeremy Gilley tells the story of how this crazy idea became real — real enough to help millions of kids in war-torn regions
A community supported agriculture group in Metro Manila aims to not only provide local and organic produce direct from the farm to your doorstep, but also to reconnect you with the people and place where your food is grown. Here’s an account of a farm trip.
Josette Sheeran, the head of the UN’s World Food Program, talks about why, in a world with enough food for everyone, people still go hungry, still die of starvation, still use food as a weapon of war. Her vision: “Food is one issue that cannot be solved person by person. We have to stand together.”
Did you know about this wonderful tech that the Dep-Ed and Cybersoft is offering? Monitor and upload updates of about 45000+ public schools directly from you computer. Visit mapcentral.ph/deped and see for yourself.
With a huge campus, students from the University of the Philippines, Diliman always have he dilemma of getting to their next class without being late. How do they do it? Well, here’s one way: Riding a Bike. But not just any bike. Read on to find out more about the bicycle that every Isko and Iska is riding.
Melissa Power of Love, a new shoe collection byMelissa Gallery recently launched. To inaugurate the event, the brand created a stop motion video using 350,000 Post-Its. People were invited to write notes of love on the pieces of paper adn submit them.
MOVING MOUNTAINS by KAK Tri-Media Producations, a Filipino documentary film group, shines light on large-scale mining in the Cordilleras and how it changes the lives of the surrounding communites. It also sheds light on the efforts of indiginous communities that try their best to deter the mining companies.
After a year-long investigation by PETA Asia and the Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigations, police have now charged a Philippine couple with cruelty to animals and other crimes related to producing a series of pornographic videos in which young girls torture and kill animals. Faced with the charges, suspects Dorma ‘Chita’ and Vic Ridon have fled.
UP does more than give lectures and tests. Learning shouldn’t be confined to the classroom and to the degree of each student. There are other valuable lessons that the University offers. Life-saving techniques, for example, are taught by a group called the Kampo Uno Rescue.
From The Philippine Daily Inquirer » Stressing that “domestic helpers also deserve access to decent and humane work like professionals,” Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday expressed support for the speedy approval of House Bill No. 553, the Magna Carta for Household Helpers.
OpenIDEO asked the question How might we improve maternal health care with mobile technologies in low income countries? Here are 20 solutions submitted by diverse people from around the world — a true crowd-sourced solutions approach.
Yesterday marked the culmination of months of hard work and preparation for our GatheringBooks 1stYear Anniversary. Iphigene, Fats, and I have decided that one of the ways through which our Blogiversary could be rendered more meaningful is through some form of community service through our website (see herefor our announcement post).
A few days back, Stella Ruth Gonzales’s “Exit Clearance: An OFW’s Nightmare” relayed a story. It was a simple narration of an OFW trying to get an exit clearance with the Philippine Overseas Employment Association or the POEA. But why did it merit the headlines?
Unclaimed dogs and cats in pounds can no longer be legally put down through tambucho-gassing.
Department of Agriculture Administrative Order number 9 signed by Secretary Proceso Alcala removes ’ the use of carbon monoxide coming from vehicle exhaust fumes’ as a legal procedure of euthanizing animals. Only “carbon monoxide in cylinders may be used.”
Okay, so maybe they were in your face, albeit effective marketing material for what they were selling, Bench underwear. But surely, now, there must be bigger problems in the country than having the Philippine Volcanoes rally support for rugby and pose in their briefs?
With the world population expected to reach seven billion by the end of October – with more than 100 million of them Filipinos – an official of the United Nations said yesterday the focus of discussions should not be about numbers but on the quality of life of these people.
Image: Hans Rosling in his famous TED presentation on population
OpenIdeo.com raises the question: How might we use social business to improve health care in low income areas? It is eye-opening, idea-generating, and an open challenge that is directly applicable to the Philippines.
As the home and birthplace of Whole Foods Market, Austin is known for its local approach to sustainable eating. Now it looks like the Texas capitol is set to make yet another mark on the national grocery store landscape. In.gredients will be the first “package-free” supermarket in the United States. Much like London’s Unpackaged, In.gredients will be an …
Each year September 11 is an opportunity for all of us to join together and pay tribute in a positive way to the 9/11 victims, and others. Simply pledge to perform simple acts of compassion, such as performing good deeds, helping someone in need, volunteering or supporting a charity of personal choice. http://911day.org/
Tools and Resources: Information for the 9/11 Day Observance
If you are a nonprofit, employer, civic leader, faith community leader or teacher interested in participating in the 9/11 Day Observance, browse this page for project ideas, toolkits and other valuable resources.
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Please join thousands of educators from across the country who will teach the important lessons of 9/11 by engaging students in charitable activities in observance of the 10- year anniversary. Browse our Teaching Tools, including many lesson plans, videos and other instructional resources. Just be sure to remember to have your class, congregants or the students themselves post their 9/11 tributes on this website or on our Facebook page.
Thousands of businesses, small and large, have already registered their intention to help promote the 9/11 Tribute Movement among employees. It is simple and easy to do. Just download our Toolkit for Businesses, offered in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center. You can explore project ideas and other resources offered by HandsOn Network, and also access our 9/11Day and Tribute Movement logos, which you can place on your own website to point employees to 911day.org, or on ourFacebook page.
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If 2010 was a good year, every year will just get better if we continue to humble ourselves, pray more, put our faith into action, resist the temptation to judge or fight anyone who disagree with us, learn to love more and commit to do more good even when bad things happen around us. Love brings peace, good will drive evil out of our land. Thank you for your radical faith in the vision of GK 2024 and your stubborn commitment to see it through.
Hello Everyone! This is a wonderful site that help you hone your business concept/idea! Great for those interested in starting their own businesses :Dhttp://www.provemyconcept.com/
The Prove My Concept Business Plan Framework
About UsOur judgesThe PMC Team Prove My Concept expands enterprise education by providing an online platform that accurately reflects the real business world. This is a place for young people to create, develop and test their business ideas.
The inspirational entrepreneurs, such as Richard Branson and even Simon Cowell all have something in common – they had an idea and they turned it into an enormously successful business.
You can too – and the first step is working with Prove My Concept to transform your idea into a real business model.
Tens of thousands of students have ideas for businesses but it is a sad fact that the majority of 16-19 year olds will give up before they’ve even started, don’t become one of them!
How does it work?
Prove My Concept is here to help ambitious students like YOU in schools nationwide by giving you the confidence to pitch your idea in style!
We provide the following:
1. Self Testing Framework
2. Case Studies and other resources
3. National Competition
The Prove My Concept website enables anyone to complete a thorough analysis of their business concept whatever their experience or education.
Providing you with links to a wealth of carefully selected web resources, safe in the knowledge that the only people with access to their ideas are you and your teachers.
Before starting out on your journey with Prove My Concept, ask yourself why do you want to start a business?
See a gap in the market?
Want to be creative?
Want financial independence?
Have an idea for an exciting product or service?
ProveMyConcept.com enables you to analyse your ideas for business with a simple to use framework that takes you through a step-by-step process allowing you to think about the business in full.
Your answers will help you create a focused, well-researched business plan that will serve as your ticket to success. The plan will detail how the business will be operated, managed and financed.
Prove My Concept is an opportunity to understand business and to shape your idea into something realistic with considerations faced by business owners every day – fantastic experience for any future career you may have!
So the time has come to bring your idea to life and put it in to writing! Remember that you do not need to invent flying cars or the next facebook, some of the most successful entrepreneurs invented simple things like the milk carton or recycle scrap metal!
When Manny Pacquiao launches his new line of darts and dart products this Thursday at the Midas Hotel in Pasay City, he won’t just be hoping to rack up sales in the marketplace. He’ll be looking to help Filipino school kids rack up improved scores in math.
The link between playing darts and improved ability at math is well proven in places such as the United Kingdom, where the government has introduced darts in schools as a way to help kids learn math, and with great success. When playing darts, players have to make instant mental calculations, quickly adding, multiplying and subtracting their scores. Pacquiao has taken a cue from this program and plans on introducing a similar initiative in the Philippines in conjunction with his range of dart products.
Since joining forces last April, Manny Pacquiao, the world’s most exciting boxer, and Target Darts, the UK’S most prestigious darts design and manufacturing company, have worked hand in hand to create what are clearly some of the most exciting products ever to hit the world darts market. From the beginning of the collaboration, the educational aspect of the product has been at the forefront of the design process.
Indeed one of the highlights of Manny’s darts range is an innovative new Manny Pacquiao darts pack for children which contains a Pacquiao branded paper board, and two sets of Pacquiao branded soft tip darts. This set is part of an educational initiative designed to help promote enhanced math skills in Pacquiao’s native Philippines and will compliment the boxing icon’s on-going charitable endeavours, as well as his political initiatives as a Congressman for the district of Sarangani in Mindanao.
Rod Harrington, the UK darts legend who has won over 50 titles in his illustrious career, says that linking darts and math is the perfect tool for Pacquiao to use to compliment his drive to improve math standards in the Philippines.
“Playing darts is a great way for kids to learn math because when they are playing they don’t realize that they are learning numeracy skills at the same time,” said Harrington, who will be in Manila this week to help launch the Manny Pacquiao dart range. “That’s because they are having so much fun. In the UK the government has implemented programs in schools using darts to teach basic math skills to kids and it’s been a tremendous success.”
On Wednesday, Harrington will lead a contingent from Target Darts UK in introducing the Manny Pacquiao darts to the Field of Dreams recreational center in Tondo, Manila. This is the site behind the notorious Smokey Mountain garbage dump where last year the Junior Chamber International Manila(JCI) in conjunction with Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation (GK), turned over a recreation center and football/baseball field to the impoverished community. Now, the center will have it’s own darts program.
“I applaud Manny Pacquiao for wanting every Filipino child in the world to be the best that they can be,” Harrington said. “Using darts to help improve the math skills of Filipino school kids is a great compliment to the work that Manny is already doing and I have no doubt this initiative will be a massive success.
“I look forward to meeting Manny Pacquiao and helping him launch his stunning new line of darts and promoting their use in enhanced numeracy skills throughout the Philippines.”
The entire Manny Pacquiao darts range is now on sale at all Toby’s Sports outlets throughout the Philippines, and other selected retail outlets. The Manny Pacquiao darts products will then be rolled out worldwide over the next several months.
Four years ago, in one of the Philippines’ largest dumpsites and home to 12,000 families, women searched through garbage for fabric scraps to weave into rugs.
Today, thanks to Reese Fernandez-Ruiz and other young Filipino professionals, the women of Payatas are now weaving fashionable handbags for top designers, using fabric remnants delivered directly from factories.
The local craftswomen no longer live in poverty and the Rags 2 Riches label, sewn into each item as RIIR, now has cachet and respect, which has changed how the women see themselves.
The for-profit social entrepreneurial Rags2Riches Inc. also provides the women of the co-op with skills-based financial and health training so that they can maximize their career potential and take steps towards long-term financial and personal well-being.
Fernandez-Ruiz points to a telephone call she made to a well-known local fashion designer, Rajo Laurel, asking him to enlist the women’s skills in turning their rugs into fashionable products.
After four years, R2R has already empowered 450 women across 21 communities in the Metro Manila area and continues to expand its social impact and eco-ethical footprint in the country.
Fernandez-Ruiz was named a Rolex Young Laureates in 2010.
(WATCH the Rolex Laureate video below)
+1#1 Gisele 2011-08-18 09:10As a lifelong sewer, I love this story. I have often wondered how we in the affluent world can move our excess clothing to other countries in a logical way. Ie tons of clothing go to landfill because it is not allowed in blue boxes etc
The Funding Roadmap™ is an electronic business plan and due diligence reporting system set to create a new industry standard in online server-based business plan and Due diligence reporting, and streamline the deal closing process. As we take our product to the next level we will revolutionize the way those involved in preparing and reviewing entrepreneurial-level venture financing and loan proposals, present information, search, screen, and store this information.
The following video is one in a series from ViewChange, a multimedia organization managed by LinkTV and founded with support by the Gates Foundation, that is producing and procuring educational and inspiring videos from across the developing world. NextBillion is partnering with ViewChange to share these stories of enterpreneurship against the odds with the NextBillion community. The following film, “The Entrepreneurs,” is now streaming on www.camfed.org and ViewChange.organd will be broadcast on Link TV on Friday, Aug. 19.
Florence, Esnart, Ng’andwe and Precious all come from backgrounds of extreme poverty in rural Zambia. They’ve embarked on five months of intensive training in leadership and enterprise. With courage and determination, these young women defy the odds and establish their own successful businesses, proving that anything is possible.
Dylan Wilk had US$40 million in cash and a silver BMW M3, but he wanted so much more than just being known as the ninth-richest Briton under 30. He craved a more fulfilling obsession besides selling computer games via the Web and direct mail through his start-up firm, GamePlay.
He discovered a new passion with a Philippine non-governmental organisation called Gawad Kalinga which, as the name suggests, makes donors “give care” and not just money, by involving them in the construction of homes and the lives of the poor beneficiaries.
Gandang Kalikasan, Inc. “Human Nature” (GK-Human Nature) Health and Beauty Products officially opened its 27th branch here in Bacolod City yesterday to start giving business opportunity through the concept of Gawad Kalinga’s Center for Social Innovation (GK-CSI).
In a statement culled from the GK website, Meloto explained, “GK-CSI will create Filipino-owned brands of affordable, high-quality products that use Philippine-grown ingredients to improve the lives of the Filipino poor.”
It added, “GK-CSI is the village university for the rising Filipino that will mold a new generation of social entrepreneurs.” (gk1world.com)
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SUMMARY: Blogs, forums and social profiles typically require a steady stream of content to keep your audience engaged. But what if you offered an entire social network? Would you have enough content to keep the site going?
See how a nonprofit organization launched a branded social network that has 23,000 registered users, and is mostly powered on repurposed and user-generated content. Also, learn how the team fights off spammers, and how a single employee manages the network.
Social Media Marketing: Brand-powered social site is 4th-largest traffic source for nonprofit
SUMMARY: Blogs, forums and social profiles typically require a steady stream of content to keep your audience engaged. But what if you offered an entire social network? Would you have enough content to keep the site going?
See how a nonprofit organization launched a branded social network that has 23,000 registered users, and is mostly powered on repurposed and user-generated content. Also, learn how the team fights off spammers, and how a single employee manages the network.
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National Peace Corps Association
The National Peace Corps Association is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and the Peace Corps community. It is also the longest-standing advocate for an independent and robust Peace Corps and its values. ** NPCA is separate from the United States Peace Corps, which is a federal agency. **
1900 L Street, N.W. Suite 404, Washington, DC 20036
by Adam T. Sutton, Senior Reporter
National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) maintains a branded social network where members can start groups, share photos, blog, chat, and interact on a forum. Hosting the community is one way in which the nonprofit organization helps connect people who have returned from volunteering overseas.
This professional validation of PeaceCorpsConnect and your hard work, linked in this email at MarketingSherpa is testament to your hard work, initiative, mission and vision. … not to mention under sophistication and professional expertise. I did not know about MarketingSherpa previously and I was impressed greatly by them:
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Tracking what works in all aspects of marketing (and what does not.)
I will be sharing this link http://www.marketingsherpa.com/article.php?ident=31988 on the NPCA and the effectiveness of your marketing strategies with many others. … Of course, I already have been for some time. How is one indication of your impact — whether you fully appreciated it yet, or not: Go to https://www.facebook.com/gawadkalinga the Facebook home page of Gawad Kalinga, a global movement including over 400,000 Filipinos and tens of thousands more around the world.
Go to the left side and check out their TOP “Likes” and you will see the NPCA displayed prominently there.
Neither I nor you asked or directly encouraged GK to do so. And, as far as I know, there is NO formal relationship that exists either between GK and the NPCA nor between GK and the US Peace Corps, neither in Washington, DC nor in Manila. I would like to change that, of course, but invariably these types of formal arrangements take time and care and not a little bit of bureaucracy and even legal wrangling. But quality of implementation, vision, mission and care via social media engenders, promotes and proliferates virtual lives of their own… and the NPCA social media footprint and its scope and breathe and impact looms large.
In short, thanks for your work, your efforts and the depth of your collective hearts at the NPCA. Your work has not gone unnoticed — rather, the complete opposite is true in profound ways which I really respect. More importantly, it has and will continue to be viewed with great attention and hope by an increasingly important global audience of which I am honored to be a small part.
RPCVs do not always get the recognition and the resources that they might need to continue on with the Third Goal, personally and programmatically. But, the NPCA is doing amazing things to make that happen.
Why I am involved: “At the age of 12, I witnessed extreme poverty in Mexico. From this experience grew a lifelong commitment to service through social entrepreneurship. In 1999, I expanded my commitment as well as my understanding of the sector through international service trips and volunteering opportunities with various NGOs.”
Why I am involved: “Many people have the desire and intention to donate and volunteer in communities of need. Their primary obstacles are access to quality opportunities, and trust that their aid will be given directly to those who need it. Universal Giving is the perfect remedy to both of these uncertainties, enabling people to move from intention to action. I’m honored to be a part of it.”
Why I am involved: “I have a passion for recognizing gaps and doing whatever I can to bridge divides, whether between Science and Art, Nature and Nurture, Brain and Heart, the cultures of Korea and America, or the worlds of Corporate and Nonprofit. This curiosity and drive to create common ground among all living beings has led me to UniversalGiving. The vision of UniversalGiving, to create a world where giving and volunteering are a natural part of everyday life, is in perfect alignment with my hope for a unified world in our lifetime.”
Why I am involved: “Pamela once told the UniversalGiving team a story of a boy, on a beach, surrounded by dying starfish. The boy threw one after another starfish back into the water to save them. A man who witnessed the act said to the boy, you won’t make a difference - you cannot save them all. The boy replied, ‘It will make a difference to that one.’ This is why I am at UniversalGiving. I want to make a difference to that one organization that is helping the children of Haiti, that one family that is impoverished, that one person who is looking to volunteer across the world. After spending the last 8 years at home raising my two boys I know that my contribution to this world beyond what I teach my children will be to make a difference one small step at a time.”
Why I am involved: “I have witnessed the hardships of others and have made efforts in my life to help out in my local community where I can and wanted to expand my reach to others around the world. UniversalGiving has given me this opportunity to be part of an organization that helps others around the world less fortunate and where I can use my technical background to keep their systems running efficiently within this wonderful organization.”
Why I am involved: “I am excited by the potential of information technology and the global network to change the nature of philanthropy, and to ameliorate the suffering in the less advantaged parts of the world.”
Why I am involved: “UniversalGiving provides me with a very unique opportunity to leverage my technical skills in web technologies to match enthusiastic and passionate donors and volunteers from across the globe with world-class non-profit organizations and their very worthy and altruistic causes.”
Why I am involved: “Because the world is a much smaller place than we think. We are part of a global community where every human being deserves to live a life of dignity in which they are healthy, have access to education and food, live peacefully, feel economically secure, and live and thrive in a clean environment. I have a passion for international giving, volunteering, and social change, and UniversalGiving is a great vehicle to foster my deep commitment to this cause.”
Why I am involved: “I believe that everyone has the potential to give regardless of their financial situation or what they possess. Giving is a gift that anyone can give and at the same time receive it back because it is so fulfilling. UniversalGiving provides the opportunity for people to give in a variety of ways and I am excited to be part of an organization that aligns with my passions and values.”
Why I am involved: “One of the most frustrating things about wanting to change the world is not knowing how to do it, or even where to begin. UniversalGiving makes it possible for individuals to make an impact on the causes that have touched them, without needing to undertake an extensive research campaign. I am in favor of any good work people want to do, and I am impressed by the way UniversalGiving makes that good work easier to accomplish. I am pleased to have the opportunity to contribute my talents towards doing my own good work with UG.”
Why I am involved: “In August 2009, people in my beloved hometown, Kaohsiung Taiwan, suffered the disaster of the Typhoon Morakot. Thanks to those great and brave volunteers who mobilized to help typhoon victims, affected residents are recovering from the disaster and back to normal life little by little. Far away from my country, I am inspired and hope I will be able to apply the knowledge and skills I?ve learned to contribute to the world and help people. UniversalGiving gives me the wonderful opportunity to be involved with its exceptional global nonprofit work and to truly make an impact on the community.”
Why I am involved: “UniversalGiving has created a culture dedicated to teamwork, learning, and acceptance of those around you. This culture has been fostered by its CEO and her vision on sustaining an impact on the world that can be felt by many. In a lot of ways, the culture at UniversalGiving is the one we wish to create in this world. One day at a time. One cause at a time.”
Why I am involved: “Before entering high school, I was given the chance to go on a missions trip to Juarez, Mexico and was exposed to large disadvantaged communities that I had never seen before. Though I knew these places existed, they seemed surreal because they had always been simply stories or pictures. After this experience, I realized how fortunate I was and my desire to help others has been with me ever since. In addition to educating myself about how businesses in the non-profit sector are run, UniversalGiving has been and is a place where I can be involved in the global arena on a large scale while helping the immediate community. UniversalGiving gives me hope knowing that there are organizations in the world where I can pursue a professional career in a field I love.”
Why I am involved: “Over the years, I have developed a passion for business, research, and problem solving. I hope to utilize my passion and skills in a place that supports and fosters forward thinking solutions towards mobilizing community service efforts. My desire to incorporate philanthropy in my growth and development has drawn me to UniversalGiving.”
Why I am involved: “I appreciate the opportunity to work with Universal Giving, which is doing such good work. It’s really a privilege.”
Max McCormick is the founding engineer of UniversalGiving. Max met Pamela in 2001 and worked pro-bono for several weeks to help brainstorm about the website, create the data model, and build the service. While involved in a host of other creative engineering and musical projects, Mr. McCormick continues to stay involved and support UniversalGiving.
Volunteers and Special Contributors
Why I am involved: I’m with Mr. Thoreau: ‘Things do not change. We change.’ I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to build software for everyone to work together and change together. For me, that’s what UniversalGiving is about.
(full bio) Austin Smith’s undergraduate years at Princeton introduced him to a rich diversity of ideas that opened the floodgates to his intellectual curiosity. His love for exploring questions and issues continues to inform his worldview. In Memory
Pawel Modelewski first joined UniversalGiving in the Summer of 2005 while on a student exchange program from Poland. He was quickly promoted to Special Projects Advisor for the CEO at UniversalGiving due to his sincere desire to serve both the organization and our worldwide communities.
Pawel’s unique role included relationship management, database customization, and specific projects for the CEO. Perhaps more than the excellent quality of his work, it was the cheerful and dedicated way in which Pawel approached his daily tasks that has most impacted UniversalGiving. Pawel’s enthusiasm, love of learning, and zest for life touched all of us on the UniversalGiving Team. A cherished colleague and friend, Pawel is missed. His contribution to UniversalGiving’s vision and culture are irreplaceable; his gentle, kind spirit continues to inspire us in our daily efforts to serve others.
Ray Anderson, the CEO of InterfaceFLOR, died this week. He called himself a radical industrialist, and stood as an icon for many on account of his brazen–and successful–efforts to transform InterfaceFLOR, an industrial carpet manufacturer, into a responsible business. Perhaps most importantly, he demonstrated that intolerance for environmental exploitation can be highly profitable. In illuminating the […]
Why integrate a social mission into your business? You’re an entrepreneur with an idea and maybe a business plan, a small-business owner or the head of mid-sized company. To expect you to add social purpose to your business just because it’s a good thing to do, is foolish. You have a bottom-line and other obligations […]
LocationBrgy. Enchant, Angat, PhilippinesAboutGk Enchanted FarmDescriptionA village university for the rising Filipino. Located in Angat, Bulacan, Central Luzon, Philippines ( 39 kms from NLEX-North Luzon Expressway going North then exit Bocaue) It is our Silicon Valley for social Enterprises through GK CSI Center for social Innovation: hosting demo farms and working idea laboratories of up to 50 social enterprises and directly improve the lives of 1,660 families . A ‘disneyland’ for social tourism, where global youth interms , volun-torurists learn and see beauty of the Philippines and its people. Experience the best of Gk’s richness , of spirit; spirit of life, love -care/ ‘bayanihan’& laughter.Phone0906.203.2558
Sumilao Agri-Enterprise Team in San Vicente, Sumilao
Sumilao Agri-Enterprise (SAE) is a social business enterprise that identifies, develops and marketsfeasible products based on the agricultural resources of the farmer community to achieve three main goals:an empowered community, a greener and well-cultivated environment and a financially sustainable enterprise.
To excel in developing sustainable enterprising communities
To be a sustainable social business enterprise that develops and markets eco-friendly and innovative products from a community’s agricultural produce
To know more about the history of Sumilao Agri-Enterprise, click here. To know more about the Sumilao farmers, click here.
Postano uses the APIs from all of the top social sites to bring your content back to your website in real time.
Postano’s technology helps you harness the best of your social and digital content, leveraging the immediacy, content creation and dialogue-generating power of social media, all while giving full control over the content and how it’s displayed.
Stairway’s mission is to gain inspiration, knowledge, conviction and humility from working with the most outcast and endangered children in society, and to manifest these gains in creative expressions, which will alter general perceptions of the most marginalized groups of children around the world, and trigger mobilization of resources for change.
Founded1990LocationBrgy. Aninuan, 5203 Puerto Galera, PhilippinesAboutStairway Foundation Inc., is a Resource and Learning Center located in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. Founded in 1990 by Lars C. Jorgensen and Monica D. Ray.Company OverviewStairway Foundation Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit, non-government child care organization located in Puerto Galera, in the island of Oriental Mindoro. It was established in 1990 by Lars C. Jorgensen and Monica D. Ray as an alternative program for the most marginalized and endangered street children in the Philippines.MissionStairway’s mission is to gain inspiration, knowledge, conviction and humility from working with the most outcast and endangered children in society, and to manifest these gains in creative expressions, which will alter general perceptions of the most marginalized groups of children around the world, and trigger mobilization of resources for change.ProductsSFI offers a holistic program for its struggle to end child sexual abuse. It offers not only direct service work in terms of a residential program for boys and scholarships for children in the community; it also has a more extensive prevention and advocacy program consisting of trainings and orientations on child sexual abuse, children’s rights, psychological interventions, online safety, and protective behaviors.
A Family Home Program SFI runs a Family Home Program which accepts boys aged 13-17 for a period of one year. The residential program provides a home-like environment to streetchildren who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by their families. At SFI, the children not only learn how to read and write, they also learn that they are important, and that they matter. They are taught their rights and responsibilities , and given skills to deal better with themselves and with other people. Individual and group sessions provided by by the psychologist and the social worker also ensure that their emotional well-being is taken care of and their sense of self restored.
Advocacy and Capacity Building Program Stairway provides trainings and workshops on children’s rights, child sexual abuse prevention, protective behavior, online safety, and psychological interventions. These trainings vary in terms of duration, targeted audiences, methodologies and intended effects and are built upon the animation toolkits Stairway has produced. These are not only intended to increase knowledge, but also to change attitudes sorrounding the issue of child sexual abuse.
Community Assistance Program SFI provides various forms of assistance to the community of Puerto Galera. Hundreds of students have been given some form of scholarship grants since this program was implemented. These students report to SFI monthly to clean up the beach. They are also required to attend educational sessions on children’s rights and child sexual abuse prevention for them to take part in SFI’s advocacy. SFI also assists to local Social Welfare Department in conducting therapeutic interventions and case management to sexually abused children.
Local and International Networking Program SFI recognizes that to have a global impact, it needs to adopt a collaborative advocacy approach - identifying networks and initiating partnerships - to broaden its reach and effect change on a global scale. Thus, it established partnerships with local and international networks, comprising both government and non-government organizations, to broaden the impact of its advocacy on promoting children’s rights and the prevention of child sexual abuse. Emailinfo@stairwayfoundation.org, email@example.comPhone+63-9178431922Websitehttp://www.stairwayfoundation.org
StartupNation is a free service founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. We created this site to be your one-stop shop for entrepreneurial success, and we’re thrilled that StartupNation has grown to be the leading online content and community resource for entrepreneurs.
It’s our belief that everyone can —andshould—own a business, whether full-time or part-time. Our mission is to help you do just that!
Inside our site, you’ll find all the easy-to-follow, practical information you could ever need to start and grow your own successful business.
here is a highlight, but OpenForum has many, many more resources:
Here are eight things you can do to become a better networker as an entrepreneur:
1. Be active on social media
It’s not enough to simply create social network accounts; you need to stay active. Keep your Facebook company page updated, your Twitter feed buzzing and relevant, and your LinkedIn page professional. And you have to be proactive in talking to people and establishing connections. If you’re not interacting with new people on a regular basis, you aren’t doing enough.
2. Get on a niche social network
There are plenty of social networks out there are they tailored just for entrepreneurs, and they provide an easy way to find other entrepreneurs around the world, without the clutter of a general social network. These sites can help volumes with gaining industry connections and help get more of your ideas off the ground. Some examples are StartupNation, Cofoundrand Biznik.
3. Attend industry events
Though we live on the Internet now, face-to-face interaction is still powerful. Keep up to date with all the conferences, seminars and events that are happening, and show up at as many of them as you can. Trade shows can also help, but you’ll have to push harder to make connections at them. Whatever event you’re attending, don’t wait for people to approach you. Get out there, be genuine and engage people.
4. Keep your elevator pitch primed and polished
Don’t let yourself get caught off guard. When opportunity strikes, be ready to fire off your business ideas in a heartbeat, because you may never have a second shot. Practice your pitches until you know your subject cold and can rattle off all the info without stutters, and be constantly trying to improve your delivery. Keep it organized and concise, and you’ll have the person’s attention.
5. Get referrals, and trade contacts with others
Each person you meet has hundreds of others within his or her circle, and that’s an opportunity you can’t afford not to take advantage of. Ask if they know anyone else that may be willing to give some helpful advice, or would be interested in your ideas.
6. Be reachable 24/7
Chances to network can strike at any time, so don’t leave your phone off the hook. Answer e-mails diligently and don’t automatically ignore unfamiliar numbers on your cell. Just like the elevator pitch, sometimes you only have one shot at getting it right, so don’t cause unnecessary frustration for the people with whom you’re trying to network.
7. Always follow up
Again, it’s all about being proactive. Be the first to re-engage—don’t wait for an e-mail back from a person that you spoke to the day before. Phone calls can be missed and e-mails can get buried. People are generally just busy, especially in the business world, so be the one to instigate. Even people that you’ve been communicating with for a long time can slowly drift away, so don’t allow that to happen.
8. Cultivate every relationship
If you treat people like they’re just stepping stones for your cause, you won’t get anywhere. Try to dig deeper in each interpersonal relationship that you make. Go out to lunch, talk about your personal life and really get to know the people that you talk to. Find out who they are, what their interests are and what makes them tick. If everything’s always just about business, there’s no real relationship there, and that will hurt you in the long run.
Tinola is highly popular with travelers in Surigao. It is the perfect complement to traveling; it nourishes and energizes, and the warm liquid manages to relax a body that had been stressed by hours of hard ride, especially then when the road was still rough and the ride long.
Three world-renowned, award-winning social entrepreneurs from different corners of the world will share their experience and provide insight and direct advice on how to generate social change through successful business initatives in Silicon Valley, Asia and Latin America. You will learn how to create successful strategies, pitch your ideas to investors and engaged th masses for crodsourcing, crowdfunding and real social impact while turning in a profit and generating wealth for loc
TEDxKRP – Social Change Through Local Innovation and Global Entrepreneurship
February 26, 2011 by SGEntrepreneurs
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. This upcoming event is calledTEDxKRP, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxKRP, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. Join in for 13 mind blowing sessions about the power of local innovation and global entrepreneurship for social change. TEDxKRP aims to bring you the unique experience of 11 live speakers from Silicon Valley, Pakistan, Singapore, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean sharing their inspiring stories and projects changing the world at a local level with a global vision and impact. Plus, you will enjoy formal TED videos, a delicious dinner and a Taiji Ball performance at no cost. Read more
Filed under Events, Social EntrepreneurshipTags: TEDx, TEDxKRP
AEO, THE VOICE OF MICROENTERPRISE IN THE UNITED STATES, is a national membership organization and network with reach to over 400,000 people. For nearly two decades, AEO and its 400-plus member organizations have helped more than two million entrepreneurs support themselves and their families and contribute to their communities through business ownership.
The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
FITE is a global empowerment platform powered by Kiva.org, the nonprofit leader in microfinance, that is designed to foster Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship for women in the developing world. Our mission is to provide women entrepreneurs access to small loans that will help them start or grow a business; and to help educate the public at large about the benefits of empowering women entrepreneurs so that they “can hold up their half of the sky.”
At Grameen Foundation our goal is simple – we want to see poor people, especially the poorest and those living in harder to reach areas, have access to microfinance and technology and as a result of access to these services, move themselves out of poverty.
Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE) is a non-profit, public benefit organization, founded immediately following the civil unrest of April 29, 1992 in Los Angeles. HOPE is America’s leading provider of economic tools and services. HOPE is an effective facilitator, lender, advocate and educator for and on behalf of the other America.
Traditionally, the market has been seen as the primary source of innovation. This is because it has the structures, mechanisms and incentives that drive innovation. In Joseph Schumpeter’s formulation, it has the power of ‘creative destruction’, destroying the old in order to open the way for the new. Neither the state nor the third sector has the structure or incentive to innovate in this way. It is argued that they lack the mechanisms that allow the best to flourish and the less effective to wither away. The household on the other hand – that most distributed of economic systems – generates ideas but on its own lacks the capital, surplus time and organisational capacity to develop them.
In this section, we look at the incentives, structures and conditions that could enable social innovation to flourish. We look at each of the four sectors in turn.