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26.05.2015 New Museum Cultivates the Art of the Start-Up

The welcome melding of Arts,Sciences and Startups accelerates.Andy Battaglia covers New Inc highlighted earlier:
image courtesy of Reify
Any artist coming out of school has likely asked the question: What are professional paths to take beyond showing work in galleries and depending on collectors?

Next door to the New Museum on the Bowery, in an office populated by a young, creative class, that question is being actively explored.

There, talk migrates from artistic matters of meaning and form to notions of “scaling up” and “curating capital.” Some participants, wielding markers at whiteboards, squeak out doodles while crunching calculations. Others plot quietly, their concentration broken by the whir of 3-D printers.

The offices house NEW INC, the New Museum’s incubator space devoted to the art of the startup. Launched last fall, the program—aimed at mining the intersection of art, design and technology—has evolved throughout its inaugural stage, with 70 artists and entrepreneurs overseen by museum curators and a commercial advisory board...[continue reading]

26.05.2015 Win tickets to The (RED) Supper

NYC! Want to win tickets to The (RED) Supper? We're giving away two tickets on Twitter and two tickets on Instagram every day this week. 

Follow @RED on Twitter and Instagram to find out how you can win. 

Let's #86AIDS! 

Official Rules and Regulations for Entry to The (RED) Supper Ticket Sweepstakes
NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. TWITTER AND/OR INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT REQUIRED. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

1. SWEEPSTAKES DESCRIPTION AND ENTRY PERIOD: The “The (RED) Supper Ticket Sweepstakes” TWITTER/INSTAGRAM SWEEPSTAKES (“Sweepstakes”) starts at 3:00 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 and ends at 8:00 PM (EST) on Friday, May 29, 2015 (“Entry Period”). Entry into the Sweepstakes does not constitute entry into any other promotion, contest or sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes shall be subject to these Official Rules and by entering, all participants agree that they have read these Official Rules, the Twitter Terms of Service, and the Instagram Terms of Use and agree to abide by and to be bound by the terms and conditions of the thereof and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects. False and/or deceptive entries or acts shall render entrants ineligible. The Sweepstakes is not sponsored by or in any way affiliated with Twitter, Inc. (“Twitter”) or Instagram, LLC (“Instagram”).

2. SPONSOR: (RED), a division of The ONE Campaign, 49 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001.

3. ELIGIBILITY: ONLY LEGAL RESIDENTS OF NEW YORK, CONNECTICUT OR NEW JERSEY (COLLECTIVELY THE “TERRITORY”), WHO ARE (A) LIVING IN THE TERRITORY; (B) TWENTY-ONE (21) YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AT THE TIME OF ENTRY; AND (C) WHO HAVE A TWITTER AND/OR INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT IN GOOD STANDING ARE OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER.

Employees of Sponsor and its respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, and related companies and agencies (collectively, the “Promotion Parties”), and their immediate families (defined as parents, children, siblings and spouse and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in the household of same, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win.

All Federal, state, provincial and local rules and regulations apply. Void in Puerto Rico, all U.S. territories and possessions, overseas military installations, Quebec and where prohibited or restricted by law.

5. HOW TO ENTER:

To enter, you must be a registered member of Twitter and/or Instagram with an account in good standing.

To become a registered member of Twitter (registration is free), go to www.twitter.com and follow the instructions to become a registered member and create an account (“Account”). Once registered, follow (RED) on Twitter by searching the username @RED and clicking on ‘Follow’. Next, retweet one of @RED's promotional tweets from @RED for one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes (each an “Entry”). If your Twitter Account is set to “protected mode”, your updates/responses will not be visible in Sponsor’s inbox; and, therefore, will not be received by Sponsor, resulting in your failure to enter the Sweepstakes. Limit one (1) Entry per hour per person and/or Account (regardless of whether one person has more than one Account or more than one person use the same Account) and a total limit of five (5) Entries per person and/or Account during the entire Entry Period.

To become a registered member of Instagram (registration is also free), go to the App Store or Google Play and search for “Instagram,” and follow the instructions to become a registered member and create an account (“Account”). Once registered, follow (RED) on Instagram by searching the username @RED, clicking on the (RED) Account, and then clicking on ‘Follow’. Next, post a Instagram user's handle and with #86AIDS both included in the caption. If your account is set to “private” mode, your posts will not be visible by Sponsor; and, therefore, will not be received by Sponsor, resulting in your failure to enter the Sweepstakes.

Proof of “tweeting” or “instagramming” Entry will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible, or misdirected, which will be disqualified. All entries must be received before the end of the Entry Period in order to be entered. The Sponsor’s database clock will be the official time keeper for this Sweepstakes.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Normal Internet access and usage charges imposed by your online service provider will apply. If you opt to receive Sponsor's tweets via your wireless mobile device (which may only be available via participating wireless carriers), standard text messaging rates, airtime and carrier charges will apply for each text message sent or received from your handset according to the terms and conditions of your service agreement with your wireless carrier. You understand that by participation in this Sweepstakes via mobile phone or text message, if you are a potential winner, the Sponsor may contact you via mobile phone or text message, which will be subject to the charges pursuant to your carrier's rate plan.

Sponsor shall have the right to disqualify any entries that Sponsor has determined, in its sole and exclusive opinion, fail to adhere to these Official Rules, the Twitter Rules or Twitter Terms of Service, or the Instagram Terms of Use, expose Sponsor to any unacceptable degree of technical, legal or financial risks or problems, uses text and/or other components in a manner objectionable to Sponsor, or its affiliates, or is otherwise deemed inappropriate, all as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion (including but not limited to content that Sponsor deems contains violence, is sexually explicit or otherwise offends or denigrates any group or class of people or could reflect unfavorably on any of the Promotion Parties, or which defame or invade the publicity or privacy rights of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s or entity’s personal, commercial or proprietary rights). Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding with respect to all matters relating to this Sweepstakes.

Entry must be made by the entrant. Entries made by any other individual or any entity, and/or originating at any other web site or e-mail address, including but not limited to commercial sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering service sites, will be declared invalid and disqualified for this Sweepstakes. Tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes, including but not limited to the use of any device to automate the entry process or use of more than one Account to enter the Sweepstakes is prohibited and any entries deemed by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, to have been submitted in this manner will be void. In the event a dispute regarding the identity of the individual who actually submitted an entry cannot be resolved to Sponsor’s satisfaction, the affected entry(ies) will be deemed ineligible. In event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an Entry, the Entry will be deemed to be submitted by the natural person who is the “authorized account holder” assigned to the Account by Twitter or Instagram.

The Promotion Parties, Internet server(s), Internet access provider(s), and each of their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, parent corporations and advertising and promotional agencies, and all of their respective officers, directors, members, shareholders, employees and agents (collectively, “Releasees”) are not responsible for: any incorrect or inaccurate Entry information; human error; technical malfunctions; failures, omission, interruption, deletion, or defect of any telephone network, computer online systems, computer equipment, servers, providers, or software, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer or cell phone device relating to or resulting from participation in this Sweepstakes; inability to access any text message, email connection or web page, theft, tampering, destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of Entries; Entries that are processed late or incorrectly or are incomplete or lost due to cellular device, computer or electronic malfunction or traffic congestion on the Internet or on any web site or email address, and/or cellular telephone lines; printing or other errors; and any Entries which are late, lost, incomplete, misdirected, stolen, undelivered, mutilated, illegible, or any combination thereof; or theft or destruction or corruption of Entries. Proof of submitting an Entry is not considered proof of delivery or receipt. Illegible, incomplete and duplicate Entries will be disqualified. All Entries become property of Sponsor and will not be returned. False and/or deceptive Entries or acts shall render entrants ineligible.

6. WINNER SELECTION: One winner will be selected on Twitter and one winner will be selected on Instagram on the following days: Tuesday May 26, 2015, Wednesday May 27, 2015, Thursday May 28, 2015, Friday May 29, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Winners will be selected in a random in a drawing from all eligible Entries received throughout the Entry Period. The drawing will be conducted by Sponsor or its designee, whose decisions are and shall be final and binding in all matters relating to this Sweepstakes. A prospective prize winner will be notified on Twitter via Direct Message to the Account and a prospective prize winner will be notified on Instagram via a comment by (RED) on the winning photo. Sponsor is not responsible for changes to the Twitter Direct Message function that may interfere with winner notification. To claim the prize, you may be required to provide your email address. At the sole discretion of the Sponsor, disqualification, forfeiture and the selection of an alternate winner may result from any of the following: [1] potential winner’s failure to respond to notification within two (2) days after its transmission; [2] the failure of notification due to deactivation of the potential winner’s Account prior to receipt of notification; [3] potential winner’s failure to become a follower of @RED, resulting in the potential winner’s failure to receive a Direct Message or comment on Instagram post from Sponsor; [4] potential winner’s Account “protected mode” is set so that the potential winner’s updates/responses may not be visible in Sponsor’s inbox, [5] potential winner’s failure to include the Hashtag in the tweet or Instagram; [6] potential winner’s failure to provide Sponsor with satisfactory proof of age, identity and residency; [7] any other non-compliance with Rules. In the event of a prize forfeiture, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, award or not award the forfeited prize to an alternate winner. All taxes are solely the responsibility of the winner.

7. PRIZE: Five (8) Grand Prizes will be awarded. Each Grand Prize consists of two (2) tickets to The (RED) Supper. The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each Grand Prize is US $295 and the total ARV of all Grand Prizes is US$4,720. All expenses not specifically mentioned herein are not included and are solely the winner’s responsibility, including but not limited to standard internet services charges and travel expenses. Prize is not redeemable for cash or transferable, except to a surviving spouse residing in the same household. No substitution allowed except, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, a prize of equal or greater value may be substituted. The prize cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or offer. The prize will be awarded provided it is validly claimed by 11:59 PM on May 29, 2015, after which no alternate winner will be selected, nor unclaimed prize awarded. Any prizes pictured in point-of-sale, online, television and print advertising, promotional packaging, and other Sweepstakes materials are for illustrative purposes only. All details and other restrictions of the prize(s) not specified in these Official Rules will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

Odds of winning a prize depends upon the number of eligible entries received during the Promotion Period.

8. PRIVACY POLICY/DATA COLLECTION: Any information provided by you in connection with this Sweepstakes is subject to Sponsor’s privacy policy located at http://www.red.org/en/privacy , Twitter’s privacy policy located at https://twitter.com/privacy, and Instagram’s privacy policy located at http://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/. By entering this Sweepstakes, each participant agrees that the Sponsor has the right to contact the participant by Twitter Direct Message or Instagram comment in order to administer and fulfill this Sweepstakes.

9. LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY: Releasees shall not be liable to the winner or any other person for failure to supply the prize or any part thereof, by reason of any acts of God, any action(s), regulation(s), order(s) or request(s) by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action(s), regulation(s), order(s) or request(s) prove(s) to be invalid), equipment failure, terrorist acts, earthquake, war, fire, flood, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal), labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, or any other cause beyond Releasees’ sole control.

Sponsor makes no warranties, and hereby disclaims any and all warranties, express or implied, concerning any prize furnished in connection with the Sweepstakes. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, SUCH PRIZES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND SPONSOR HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND/OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.

10. CONDITIONS: By entering this Sweepstakes and/or accepting any prize you may win, you agree, represent and warrant that: [1] you will be bound by these Official Rules and the Sponsor’s decisions, which shall be final in all respects; [2] the Entry becomes solely the Sponsor’s property and will not be acknowledged or returned; [3] you release and hold harmless the Releasees from any and all liability for claims, injuries, losses or damages of any kind, including without limitation, death and bodily injury, resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the awarding, delivery, acceptance, use, misuse, possession, loss or misdirection of the prize; participation in the Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity or travel or from any interaction with, or downloading of, computer Sweepstakes information; [4] the Releasees do not make any representation, warranty or guarantee, express or implied, relating to the Sweepstakes or the prize; [5] winner’s acceptance of the prize constitutes the grant to Sponsor and assigns of an unconditional right to use winner's Twitter or Instagram handle, name, address (city and state only), voice, likeness, photograph, biographical and prize information, statements about the promotion and/or live and taped performances of interviews for any programming, publicity, advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law; [6] in the event viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, Acts of God, acts or regulations of any governmental or supra-national authority, war, national emergency, accident, fire, riot, strikes, lock-outs, industrial disputes, acts of terrorism or other matters beyond the Sponsor’s reasonable control, corrupt, prevent or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Sweepstakes, so that it cannot be conducted as originally planned, Sponsor has the right, in its sole discretion, to modify the Official Rules or to cancel, modify, terminate or suspend the Sweepstakes; and in such event, to select winners by such method as Sponsor in its sole discretion shall consider equitable; [7] the Releasees are not responsible for typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of this Sweepstakes, including but not limited to: errors in the advertising, Official Rules and selection and announcement of the winner; [8] any portion of the prize not accepted or used by the winner will be forfeited; [9] the Releasees are not responsible for any inability of the winner to accept or use the prize (or any portion thereof) for any reason [10] Sponsor has the right to modify prize award procedures at its sole discretion; [11] the Releasees are not responsible for changes to Twitter or Instagram that may interfere with Sweepstakes or your ability to timely enter and [12] Releasees are not responsible for any failure of delivery of winner notification.

11. GENERAL: If for any reason this Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, or if this Sweepstakes or any email address, web site or cellular telephone number or service associated therewith (or any portion(s) thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper playing of the Sweepstakes and processing of Entries in accordance with these rules, or if infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes, in the Sponsor’s sole opinion, corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, the Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual implicated in such action and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend this Sweepstakes or any portion thereof. In the event this Sweepstakes is cancelled, the Sponsor will conduct a random drawing to award the prize from among all eligible, non-suspect Entries received prior to the time of the action or event warranting such cancellation. Inclusion in such drawing shall be each entrant’s sole and exclusive remedy under such circumstances. These Official Rules cannot be modified or amended in any way except in a written document issued in accordance with law by a duly authorized representative of Sponsor. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR EMAIL ADDRESS, CELLULAR TELEPHONE NUMBER OR SERVICE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND/OR CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

12. GOVERNING LAW/JURISDICTION: ALL ISSUES AND QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION, VALIDITY, INTERPRETATION AND ENFORCEABILITY OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES OR THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF ENTRANTS OR SPONSOR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SWEEPSTAKES SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INTERNAL LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WITHOUT GIVING EFFECT TO ANY CHOICE OF LAW OF CONFLICT OF LAW RULES OR PROVISIONS THAT WOULD CAUSE THE APPLICATION OF ANY OTHER STATE’S LAWS.

13. ARBITRATION PROVISION: Any dispute arising under or in connection with this contest shall be finally settled by confidential arbitration. If a party seeks to arbitrate a dispute, such dispute will be submitted to arbitration and resolved by a single arbitrator (who is a lawyer) in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association then in effect as modified herein. All such arbitration will be confidential and take place at the office of the American Arbitration Association located in New York, New York. Each party is entitled to depose one fact witness and any expert witness retained by the other party and to conduct such other discovery the arbitrator deems appropriate. The arbitrator has no authority to award attorneys’ fees or punitive damages. The award or decision rendered by the arbitrator will be final, binding and conclusive and any court may enter judgment upon such award.

14. WINNERS LIST/OFFICIAL RULES: For an Official Winners List (available after 6/1/2015), or a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: (RED) - WINNERS LIST <OR> OFFICIAL RULES (please specify Official Winners’ List or Official Rules), c/o (RED), 49 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001. Official Rules are available during the Entry Period. http://blog.red.org/

26.05.2015 Fellows' Perspectives: In the Face of Rejection


Image courtesy of Atlas: DIY.

Failure is not a dirty word–but there is no doubt that it’s challenging to experience. As an organization that supports visionary leaders and helps to accelerate their impact, we see a lot of people who have experienced failure. Rather than succumbing entirely to the fear and pain of failure, people like our Fellows bounce back after failure and find a way forward.

Lauren Burke, a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow and founder of Atlas: DIY, is a prime example of someone who believed in her vision for change in spite of challenging odds. Lauren applied for the Echoing Green Fellowship three times before succeeding on her fourth try. Her story teaches us that failure doesn’t define your future–but your character and commitment (and a little help from your friends) can.

In the Face of Rejection

Lauren BurkeBy: Lauren Burke
Lauren is a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow and founder of Atlas: DIY, a cooperative empowerment center and online for immigrant youth and their allies, where young people access a variety of services, including legal resources, career and college prep, and arts-achievement activities. Follow Atlas: DIY on Twitter @AtlasDIY.

I have been lucky to receive numerous accolades in my life: I’ve received a Skadden Fellowship and have even been named among some of most prestigious innovators on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.  But I like to say that the honor of which I am most proud is being the “Losing-est Winner” of the Echoing Green Fellowship. That’s right; I applied for the Fellowship four years in a row until I was finally named a Fellow in 2014. In fact, I was told that my tenacity played a part in the decision process.

Let me back up a little. In May 2013 while I was doing my finalist interviews with Echoing Green, I was close to giving up on Atlas: DIY. For a year we operated out of a coffee shop and McDonald’s until we landed a shared space with a medical center. I was counseling clients on their legal rights next to eye charts and HIV test kits; all the while we were rejected by funder after funder. In the spring of 2013 I hired a very underpaid full-time staff member expecting a significant grant to come through–it didn’t, and it was a huge blow. I wasn’t on payroll and had to borrow funds from a board member to make sure my one employee got paid.

That rejection wouldn’t be our last. But even after I heard a no, I knew that what we were doing was important and needed. So when the acceptance call came from Echoing Green last spring, it made Atlas: DIY seem real; finally we were getting the recognition I knew my members deserved.

When Echoing Green called to give me the good news, I didn’t realize that the good news would just keep coming. My new Fellowship attracted new donors and gave new assurances to our past funders. I was able to hire additional staff, pay myself a living wage, and develop new programs. While all of this was positive, I felt conflicted because nothing about my dedication to Atlas: DIY had changed between not having the Fellowship and winning it.

While I have read a lot of articles about how to get accepted to Fellowships, there are few that discuss what to do when you are rejected. If you do choose to apply to this or any other fellowship or grant, or perhaps a dream job, I’ve compiled a brief list of what I have learned as Echoing Green's “Losingest Winner” (a badge I wear with pride):

If you build it, they will come.

Crazily enough the project that got Atlas: DIY our first big grant was a series of YouTube videos made in my bedroom at home. If you know your idea will help someone, somewhere…just do it. Just start. Risk is a part of change.

Take pride in your failures.

As fundraisers, we’re told to always project success. But so often we give an illusion of stability when our roof is about to give out. You don't want to make things seem dandy without a dollar in the bank, however, saying, "I am so lucky my staff worked far below the market rate but I know I will lose them if I can't find a way to bring their rate to what they deserve," or "we ran our CAMP on $4,000 last year and I can only imagine what we could do with twice those funds" can be incredibly effective.

When in doubt, ask!

Every time I felt close to giving up, every moment that I berated myself for choosing such a long, lonely path, I asked my members what they thought. We’ve implemented town hall meetings open to all of the Atlas community which has changed the way our kids feel about their role and agency in the organization. The more you can include your customers, staff, and clients in your decision-making, the more authentic your choices become and the less alone you feel.

I wish everyone could receive the Echoing Green Fellowship because I truly believe it is one of the best incubators, supporters and community builders on this planet. But, as I learned in the years in which I received that “no” email, you CAN make it happen regardless of a fellowship or fancy funder or big name press–and I’d argue these lessons learned extend to all facets of life.

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26.05.2015 Who is Maker Ed?

In the world of making and education:
Maker Ed is a non-profit organization that supports and empowers educators and communities — particularly, those in underserved areas — to facilitate meaningful making and learning experiences with youth.

26.05.2015 Bitcoin startups to watch an the Remittance potential

In Disrupt Africa:
Bitcoin is gaining traction worldwide, with the first quarter of 2015 seeing record levels of investment pumped into Bitcoin startups globally. Africa is no exception to the trend, with startups springing up with innovative applications for Bitcoin in the African context – disrupting the remittance market, and making the cryptocurrency available over SMS. Here, Disrupt Africa names the five startups leading the way with Bitcoin in Africa...[continue reading]
On remittances Florian Graillot writes in TC:
Even through digital, remittance remains deeply dependent on third parties: banks are still validating money transfers from senders to the remittance operator and again to recipients. Then Bitcoin could even lower fees thanks to its decentralized network and through three different operating models that could be shaped:


  • Full bitcoin: The sender owns bitcoins he sends to the recipient who can directly use them. This requires the owner to get bitcoin, which is easy in developed countries thanks to e-wallets and exchange platforms like Coinbase in the U.S. But it also requires the recipient either to be able to exchange them in fiat currency or to use bitcoins to pay for goods or services which is not that easy so far.


  • From bitcoin to fiat currency: The sender have an easy access to bitcoins he sends to the remittance operator that sends fiat to the recipient. This model considers developing countries have an easy access to bitcoins wallets but paying with bitcoins is very limited especially in developing countries.


  • From fiat currency to fiat currency: The sender pays its local money to the remittance operator that sends fiat to the recipient, using bitcoins to transfer money from one currency to another.

25.05.2015 Support Audax Summer Code School

In Lagos on Indiegogo:


Audax Solutions is an e-learning, training, and assessment solutions company based in Lagos, Nigeria.

Our code school program is an initiative launched in 2013 to teach children aged 5 -16 in Lagos area primary and secondary schools, computer programming using Scratch, HTML/CSS and JavaScript, which started in 2013. In 2014, we won a Google Rise Awards to assist in promoting Computer Science Education to the less privileged children in Nigeria.

Together with our local and international partners, we believe that teaching children programming is essential to develop their problem-solving, creative and communication skills. We hope to foster an interest in technology, by learning how to build a website, games and apps by the end of the program.

To further our efforts to reach more under-served girls and boys in public schools and orphanages, often with little or no access to modern technology, we have created this campaign to raise funds that would allow the children participate in the summer code school 2015 for FREE!. Our Summer Code School will hold in two sessions from 3rd August - 28th August 2015 and 31st August - 2nd October 2015, where we aim to train 500 girls and boys from Lagos State Motherless Babies Homes, Vigilant Heart Foundation, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, and Gbara Public School, Lagos Nigeria.

25.05.2015 Off-grid solar systems increasingly viable for low-income communities

Excerpted from the ‘GE Look Ahead’ series:


Affordable energy technologies and new business models are bringing off-grid solutions to growing numbers of communities in the developing world

As of 2014, 1.3bn people lacked access to electricity. For those without power, lack of indoor lighting is among the most pressing of problems, forcing families to rely on expensive kerosene lamps, which cause pollution and are unhealthy—inhaling fumes from a kerosene lamp is equivalent to smoking two packets of cigarettes a day.

When it comes to lighting, the technology is relatively simple—a LED lamp, a solar panel and a battery. The drop in prices and improvements in efficiency for all three are making off-grid solar systems increasingly viable for low-income communities.

“First has been the improvement of efficiency of LEDs of 10,000% in the past 13 years,” says Russell Sturm, ‪head of Climate Change Advisory at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group. “Batteries have improved 90% with the whole revolution around lithium and it’s been a similar trajectory for photovoltaic cells.”

These dramatic cost reductions have led to a quadrupling of installations of solar home systems worldwide between 2002 and 2014—from 1.3m to 5.1m. Bangladesh is a global leader in the field, with more than 2.4m systems installed.

For homes, power sources range from simple solar lamps and solar home kits to microgrids, with several houses in a village connected to a group of solar panels...[continue reading]
via p2p Foundation

25.05.2015 Responsible data practices

(Book Cover Photo http://the-engine-room.github.io/rdf-primer/)

For 100 years foundations and nonprofits have developed practices to use time and money for good.

For 50 years, investors have been developing ways to use investment capital for environmental and social goals.

For about 10 years, (some) foundations have been trying to use both their investments and grantmaking funds to achieve their missions.

Now, it's time to do this with data.

Managing data to achieve mission will be a defining characteristic of philanthropy and civil society going forward. Right now, we are learning now how to do this.

I define civil society as the place where we voluntarily associate to use our private resources for public benefit. This translates into digital civil society relying on "opt in" defaults. Individuals must choose to participate.

The Responsible Data Forum is working on practical applications and guidance about using data well. Their new primer on Ways to practice responsible development data is a critical resource for all of civil society and philanthropy. Get it here.

25.05.2015 It’s not about the bike!

By Zishan Ansari, Rang De Volunteer & Social Investor

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My volunteering with Rang De started a few years ago when I ran the TCS 10k along with the Rang De team. Even though I had been a social investor, it was the first time I was volunteering for Rang De. Following the run, I became involved in the activities of the Bangalore Chapter. I was fortunate to work with some committed volunteers in the group and together we organised several events to create awareness about Rang De. During my volunteering stint, I had the opportunity to interact with the Rang De team quite closely.… Read further

22.05.2015 Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms

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$20 — will offer 1 clown duo visit to 1 child
$40 — will offer 1 clown duo visit to 2 children
$100 — will offer 1 clown duo visit to 5 children

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Summary
This is to fund a weekly performance of a CLOWN duo during 1 year: 1-on-1 bedside visits to 1500 children in 2 pediatric services of Grenoble Hospital: Emergency & Oncologic care. A stay at the hospital can be frightening for children as well as for parents. Soleil Rouge offers personal, friendly and magic moments to children and adolescents through clown shows directly in the children rooms. Clowns are specifically trained to work in the sensitive hospital environment.

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
Children hospitalization is a huge stress factor affecting both sick child and parents particularly in the "heavy" medical services as Emergency & Oncologic care. Furthermore, due to the intensive care the sick child is no more a child but a sick person. Clown performance is adapted to the children's age and pathology and aligned with medical constraints: hygiene, safety, confidentiality and much more

Activities
The offered visits are a way to ease the medical care that children have to go through and help them and their families to fight their disease. At the end of the clowns visit the sick child returns to being a child again. Clowns visits help to establish a climate of confidence between the child, the family and their health-care team who support the clowns'interventions.

Potential Long Term Impact
Professional clowns entertainments of sick children is an important contribution to the prevention of psychological complications in the short or long terms. Laughter allows the children and their parents to forget their medical concerns for a moment. It also allows a better collaboration with the medical staff and reduce the side effects of intensive treatments that are required when the diagnosis of a serious illness falls.The number of clowns visits in the concerned services is 1500/year

Project Sponsor: SOLEIL ROUGE
Theme: Children | Location: France
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$27,000
Project #20216 on GlobalGiving.org

22.05.2015 Equine Assisted Therapy for Vets, Kids, Adults

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$20 — Buys 1 bale of hay
$40 — provides a 30-minute therapeutic riding lesson for a child with autism
$50 — provides a one-hour group equine therapy session for an at-risk teen

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Summary
In 2014, DreamPower Horsemanship provided equine-assisted activities and therapies to more than 450 children, teens and adults with special needs. Sixteen kind and patient equine partners work in the DreamPower program. This project will support our horses, making it possible for them to keep up their good work.

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
As of May 12, 2014, 1,086 children ages 0 to 17 were living in out-of-home placement, according the Santa Clara County Social Service Agency. There are approximately 85,000 veterans living in Santa Clara County, according to the county's Office of Public Affairs. In 2014, DreamPower Horsemanship provided equine-assisted activities and therapies to more than 450 children, teens and adults with special needs. The youngest client served was 3 years old and the oldest was 83 years young.

Activities
DreamPower helps children and adults--including veterans and active-duty military personnel--with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges find strength and independence through the power of the horse each year. Working with horses provides a wonderful opportunity to engage in therapeutic activities outside of a traditional therapeutic environment.

Potential Long Term Impact
This project keeps our horses healthy to continue to provide therapy assistance. Our clients form lasting bonds with their equine partners. Reaching for a ball while seated on a calm horse can help make physical activity fun for a disabled child. Learning to halter a horse in an open pasture can make an urban teen who has issues listening to authority figures pay attention. Sometimes experiencing just a piece of a dream is enough to make a difference in a person's life

Project Sponsor: DreamPower Foundation, Inc.
Theme: Children | Location: United States
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$1,000
Project #20577 on GlobalGiving.org

21.05.2015 Chagam Nunnery & Bagam Village Relief Fund, Nepal

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$15 — Bag of rice to last 1 month for 4 people
$25 — Metal poles for securing temporary structures
$50 — Corrugated Roofing and Bolts for one shelter

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Summary
The 250+ nuns of Chagam and the Sherpa people in the adjacent village have lived a symbiotic life for many years. Nestled in the mountains in Sindhupalchuk, Nepal, they are accustomed to rough terrain, rocky farming, sparse access to healthcare, clean water, and education. The April 25th earthquake changed their already precarious living situation to one of total destruction. Our current plan is to provide food, medication, construction materials for reconstruction and temporary shelter.

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
Landslides prematurely made roads impassible, almost all homes, the nunnery, schools, and crop storage facilities were entirely demolished or rendered unusable due to extensive damage. The nuns and most of the Sherpa families were without any emergency aid until early May when RMF in collaboration with a local Nepali NGO, organized a helicopter relief mission bringing tarps, food, water filtration systems, medication, and basic supplies. Much more help is needed.

Activities
RMF will bring in more food and medical supplies and construction materials to build a temporary communal shelter for the nuns before monsoon starts (as soon as possible). The Sherpa community has offered to supply the labor to do this in exchange for also receiving some building supplies, whereby they will complete the repairs to their own homes or build temporary shelters for themselves. Materials were selected in collaboration with local architect/engineer.

Potential Long Term Impact
RMF will also spend the 4-month monsoon period meeting with architects, suppliers, village representatives, and nunnery representative to come up with long-term rebuild plan, and begin once the rain has stopped. The idea is to rebuild efficiently, effectively, culturally appropriately, equitably for the entire community, leveraging local resources and work force, and to create a much greater community resilience than existed before the earthquake.

Project Sponsor: Real Medicine Foundation
Theme: Disaster Recovery | Location: Nepal
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$50,000
Project #20693 on GlobalGiving.org

21.05.2015 Fellows' Perspectives: Responding to Disaster in Nepal


A helpdesk volunteer trained by Accountability Lab assesses needs in a camp. Courtesy of Accountability Lab.

The two earthquakes and aftershocks that occured in Nepal this spring comprise one of the worst disasters to strike the region since 1934. As the country moves forward into recovery and the world seeks to respond, many questions emerge about the funding and accountability of these relief efforts. Blair Glencorse and Ben Smilowitz are two Echoing Green Fellows who work to empower people with accountability information and tools to improve the efficacy of relief efforts and governance. We asked them to share their thoughts about what they believe will help the region emerge stronger post-recovery.

Mobilize Nepali Youth to Drive Recovery

Blair GlencorseBy: Blair Glencorse is founder of Accountability Lab and a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow. Follow the Lab on Twitter @accountlab.

The earthquake in Nepal last month displaced an estimated 2.8 million people – but when our team of volunteers visited shelters set up by the government for those made homeless, they found them empty. This is stark example of the need for a system to help earthquake victims understand the resources available to them and to help government and non-government actors make sure their relief efforts target those who need them most.

Recent experience after the earthquakes in Pakistan and Haiti indicates that if disasters of this sort are not handled in a citizen-centric way, trust in government is eroded over time. This can entrench existing inequalities, exacerbate poverty and undermine stability. After a decade long civil war, that is the last thing Nepal needs.

I’m on the ground with the Accountability Lab and we’re already seeing these problems emerging. Citizens in many of the affected districts are unaware of the processes being set up to help them; some recovery efforts are misdirected or ineffective; and mismanagement of funds and supplies is a significant risk. Many relief organizations are unfamiliar with the local context, do not speak the language and often have very little information on or patience for getting their supplies to those most in need.

In response, we’ve deployed mobile citizen helpdesks – now rolling out across the fifteen worst-hit districts. There is incredible community resilience in rural parts of Nepal, and the helpdesks consist of trained student volunteers who provide citizens with the information they need to navigate the relief process and hold those in power accountable for decision-making during this critical period. Over time, we are going to use the mobile citizen helpdesks to provide the basis for local “follow the money” networks of citizens – who will track financial flows down to communities and make sure the billions of dollars pledged for the recovery process are used in transparent ways.

In the village of Sankhu, for example, twenty kilometers east of Kathmandu, we discovered that certain groups had hoarded enough relief supplies for six months, while their neighbors received nothing. The helpdesk volunteers connected aid groups to a community formed ‘Disaster Relief Council’ to minimize this misuse of supplies. These community councils are seen as fair and legitimate so are acting as a bulwark against the political influence of local leaders to direct relief supplies to their own electoral constituencies.

With our partners at Local Interventions Group and Sparrow SMS we’re also working within the Prime Minister’s office to help the government synthesize and map calls coming in (almost 25,000 calls to date) through its public 1234 helpline number and the free 6040 SMS short-code. This allows the team to better direct the mobile helpdesks to the areas in most need and point citizens towards the relevant local government units and relief agencies such as the Red Cross and the World Food Program.

The energy of the young volunteers is infectious- while there is no doubt that Nepal faces significant challenges as it seeks to rebuild after this earthquake, the development of a committed, socially conscious youth is certainly not one of them. With the mobile helpdesks they are solving problems and building accountability from the bottom up. In this there is real potential for this disaster to be turned by young Nepalis into an opportunity for a better future.

Empower Local Organizations to Lead

Ben SmilowitzBy: Ben Smilowitz leads the Disaster Accountability Project. He is a 2008 Echoing Green Fellow. Follow DAP on Twitter @disasteraccount.

Disaster Accountability Project (DAP) recently surveyed about 80-100 groups (a mix of Nepali Civil Society, Nepali diaspora, and International NGOs) and the responses are trickling in. While it's unclear how the strong aftershock of the earthquake will impact the international response to the disasters that have hit the region, some of these organizations may be slowing down their responses and others have yet to arrive to do the work.

It’s already clear that most of the groups soliciting donations from afar do not yet have capacity to deliver services on the ground. Some do, but most don’t. The donor public has been giving to organizations that are not explicit about whether the donations they are accepting will be used to help Nepal or “any future disaster elsewhere.”  In response to this lack of clarity, DAP is now producing a report about the mixed and/or unclear appeals and lack of earmarking for funds given for this particular disaster.

Our concern is making certain that in times such as these, where there is extended need across the board, that funds are used responsibly, and for the reasons donors expect. For example, we have learned that a big name group has already stopped “soliciting” donations for Nepal relief — yet people continue to donate, not knowing solicitations have ceased, and so those dollars raised are almost certainly not going to be earmarked for Nepal relief.  Donors who want to help Nepal need to be very careful that an organization is specifically earmarking donations for Nepal.

The local civil society organizations in Nepal should be empowered to lead this response. Ultimately, the Nepal military and outside military assets will have more capacity than most INGOs. Just because an organization did well after a disaster elsewhere does not mean they’ll do well in Nepal. 

Accountability efforts like Disaster Accountability Project and Accountability Lab should not be overlooked for donations and support. The more we advocate for a more effective response, relief, and recovery, the better the overall outcome for all survivors.

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21.05.2015 Technology, democracy, civil society

Loved this quote from Nathan Schneider in an article on the "slow technology" movement:
"There is a habit in tech culture of saying that the latest app is “democratizing” whatever it happens to do. This is lovely, but best not to confuse it with actual democracy. Democracy is about participation with control, freedom with accountability, privacy with transparency. Tech companies tend to pick and choose from that list rather inventively."*
Finding this on the same day that Pew Research shows just how little trust we Americans have for our data in the hands of either government or companies, I can't help but say, "Right! And now is the time for civil society to offer alternatives for the safe, secure,  ethical, and effective uses of digital data!"

And I'm looking forward to reading Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology, by Kentaro Toyama, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan.  Those of you in DC on June 4th might consider checking out the book at New America Foundation's OTI event.



*Nathan Schneider, "The Joy of Slow Computing," The New Republic, Accessed online May 20, 2015 at http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121832/pleasure-do-it-yourself-slow-computing

21.05.2015 Why White Hat SEO Requires Patience

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21.05.2015 #IWantToBe: Empowering Women for Peace in Nigeria

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$10 — can provide 1 woman with training materials
$25 — can provide a special session on income-generating skills for 1 woman
$50 — can pay for the rent of our training space for 1 day

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Summary
Generations For Peace trains local volunteers who work in their own communities to empower women with skills to escape from and transform the ongoing cycles of violence they face. These women want to be change-makers, creating a better world for themselves and future generations. What do you want to be? #IWantToBe

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
In Nigeria, a lack of opportunities severely limits women's abilities to demonstrate the roles they can play in national development and peace building, both at the community and national levels. Ongoing political, religious, and ethnic violence continues to affect many people in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria, especially women and girls.

Activities
Since 2009, Generations For Peace activities in Kaduna have engaged more than 5,000 people, advocating to various stakeholders including government institutions and media, providing sport for peace activities for 350 school girls, and training 180 volunteers in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Building on this work, we plan to conduct an Empowerment for Peace Program, which focuses on critical skills for women; empowering them to be change-makers for peace in their communities.

Potential Long Term Impact
10 of our certified, dedicated volunteers will facilitate ongoing sessions over 6 months for at least 30 women, who will benefit by gaining skills empowering them to take on the important role they can play as women in the prevention and transformation of conflicts; peace negotiations; peace building and reconstruction. Women in Kaduna will be empowered to feel they can confidently achieve their dreams when they answer: #IWantToBe______.

Project Sponsor: Generations For Peace Inc
Theme: Women and Girls | Location: Nigeria
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$7,000
Project #20477 on GlobalGiving.org

21.05.2015 Citystates II

Daunting challenges – from climate change to food and water security, from nutrition and public health to inequality and social exclusion – confront global cities today. But an exciting range of solutions – from distributed power generation and multi-modal transportation networks to compact development, urban farming and smart cities – is emerging also. Bringing these and other innovations to scale will be crucial for ensuring both the future of individual cities and broader sustainable development.

Getting there will require engaged effort by city governments, the private sector, NGOs, community organizations, universities and citizens. Leaders in these groups are already collaborating with one another in key cities around the world. However, given the pace and scale of change required, what is happening so far is only the beginning.

SustainAbility is focused on the role of the private sector in sustainable development. We believe that aligning the sustainability efforts of global companies and cities might bring unique benefits for both. For cities: the chance to extend their reach through a cadre of highly focused, influential partners capable of innovating and mobilizing others. For companies: opportunities to deepen relationships with customers and stakeholders, to experiment with radically new products, services and business models, and to extend and enhance their positive environmental and social impacts.

This second report in our Citystates series explores the opportunity side of this agenda, focusing especially on the case for more companies to take a bolder leadership stance, and providing insight and tools to further accelerate activity in this arena.

We thank our sponsors and partners, colleagues and other advisors, and especially the many experts who generously shared their time and insight to shape our thinking. And, as ever, we welcome your feedback and further thoughts.

20.05.2015 Vote for SustainAbility to Present Two Panels at SXSW Eco 2015

SustainAbility’s Lindsay Clinton and Chris Guenther both have panels they’re in the running to present at SXSW Eco 2015. While over 400 panel ideas were submitted to the festival, there are only 100 panel slots. Please vote for Lindsay and Chris’ sessions! Voting is open until Friday, May 22 at 11:59 PM CST.

Learn more about Lindsay’s panel, How to Drive Sustainable Business Model Innovation, which she’ll co-present with Novelis’ John Gardner and Starbucks’ Jim Hanna—and vote!

Learn more about Chris’ panel, Unlocking Corporate + Urban Sustainability Progress —and vote!

In order to vote you will need to login or create a PanelPicker account here. The voting is simple: just give a session a “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down,” leave some comments and move on.

We hope to see you at SXSW Eco 2015—and thank you for your support!

19.05.2015 Global Ideas News Brief: Does aid work?

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Aid and development

In global fight against extreme poverty, a potential game-changer
Christian Science Monitor
A groundbreaking new study suggests that one approach to extreme poverty alleviation is compassionate, cost-effective, and potent for years after the aid ends.

What It Takes To Lift Families Out Of Poverty
NPR
One problem was that no one was actually testing global aid programs — methodically — to see if they really changed people's lives permanently.

Time for the Plural Sector
Stanford Social Innovation Review
A healthy society requires a respected public sector, a responsible private sector, and a robust plural sector. Calling it “plural,” in place of inadequate labels like nonprofit or third, will help this sector take its rightful place alongside the other two and also help us to appreciate the unique role it has to play in restoring that balance.

Are Nonprofits Getting in the Way of Social Change?
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Solving major social problems is now possible, but not unless the organizations that have been most responsible for making a difference change significantly.

Not Your Land
Foreign Affairs
How the development community evicted the poor while working to rid the world of poverty, through projects that required moving millions of people, such as dam construction, urban renewal, and rural development, it did not sufficiently monitor their compensation and resettlement.

Aid in South Sudan: 'My heart would skip a beat with every gunshot'
The Guardian
An aid worker recounts his experiences working for NGOs while under fire in newly independent South Sudan

Who is the 'Gayle-force wind' picked by Obama to lead USAid?
The Guardian
With pressure rising on the Senate to confirm Obama’s choice to head the US aid agency we look at Gayle Smith, whom Bono calls a “Gayle-force wind”

Nepal earthquake

Why many women in Nepal have had to deal with the disaster on their own
PRI
Nepal is a desperately poor country. Even before the earthquake, a lot of Nepalis were out of the country making a living somewhere else.

Food security

How to grow food in a slum: lessons from the sack farmers of Kibera
The Guardian
A Kenyan government initiative is helping a growing community of residents to tackle food insecurity in one of the largest slum areas in Africa

Health care

They're Going Door To Door In The Amazon To See Why People Get Sick
NPR
Illegal mining has exploded in the area in the past decade, and the people living downriver have a variety of medical issues, from malaria to anemia to high blood pressure.

Indonesia's universal health scheme: one year on, what's the verdict?
The Guardian
A year after the government launched a health insurance project, professionals have opposing views. Is it too ambitious to succeed?

World Bank

As obituaries are written for the World Bank, the IMF is set to become indispensable
BeyondBrics
Obituaries have been written for the World Bank following the arrival of China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the implied question being whether the US remains willing and able to lead the global economic governance system.

Education

The world is 4 million teachers short. Here's how to solve that.
PRI
The developing world faces a whole lot of challenges and shortages. One of the most acute: the lack of well-trained teachers for all the would-be students around the globe.

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19.05.2015 South African students make a stand for quality education

What if the most inspired and best-informed agents of change for “broken” school systems weren’t lawyers or politicians, but students themselves?

For a network of activists in South Africa, students are just that. Equal Education is a youth-led movement battling “class- and race-linked inequalities” in South Africa’s school system. The young people in the program, all high schoolers, come from the country’s black-majority townships like Khayelitsha. They’re called  “Equalizers,” and they’re fixing the system from the inside out while learning real-world skills to become “difference-makers” in the future.

Rates of illiteracy, dropouts and unemployment are major challenges in South Africa. And despite progressive policies instituted by the African National Congress since the end of apartheid, South African children “consistently score at or near rock bottom on international achievement tests, even measured against far poorer African countries,” as Celia W. Dugger reported in The New York Times.

“Schools don’t have libraries, don’t have laboratories, fields, desks, chairs or structure: some learners are in school and learning under a tree,” said Nombulelo Nyathela, a spokesperson for Equal Education. “Those are some of the things that don’t allow learners to perform to their maximum.”

This reality makes Equal Education’s programming, as well as the proven influence of Equalizers, both welcome and desperately needed.

Equalizers aren’t just the inspiration—the brains—behind Equal Education’s social change campaigns, they’re also the muscle. “These are bright young learners who tell us what do, tell us what’s bothering them in schools.” said Nyathela.

The movement's civic education program, which explores the political history of South Africa, informs the cause, helping young township South Africans understand why their schools lack sanitation facilities, for example. This kind of education prepares them to think about ways they can start to address entrenched, complex issues at a societal level. This isn’t typical coursework for students in South Africa’s divided school system. But it’s crucial for developing the eager, educated minds of young people so they can be valued agents of change in a dynamic, high-pressure world.

“If you’ve lived in a township all your life, and you’ve gone to a township school all your life, you don’t know that there’s better. You might never have seen a formal, modern school, or a private school in South Africa," said Nyathela. "We teach them what it means to be an unequal society. That’s when they realize there’s something wrong with the education system and they become activists.”

These underserved teens put in real work each week. Under the guidance of former Equalizers, their mentors, high schoolers produce reports, fact sheets, posters, pamphlets, and videos to inform the public about the issues that need to be addressed, including gender inequality. They are also active on social media to make themselves accessible to the broader Equal Education network, which has active branches and members in provinces across South Africa.

Don’t mistake this for “slacktivism." Equalizers also organize, march, picket, fast, sleep outside Parliament, make appearances on the radio, and demand change in the streets—and, sometimes, in court. They hone tangible skills to make real-world impact.

“We’ve put a lot of pressure [on the South African government],” said Nyathela. “Equal Education is a membership-based organization. We have thousands of learners all over the country that make these demands to government and that, of course, is beneficial, because learners say, ‘We are in these conditions and we want you to fix it.’ ”

Victories have included the Harmony Case, which ensured that pregnant girls could not be barred from the classroom, the Lerato Radebe Case, which protected a (Rastafarian) student’s freedom to “display religious and cultural traditions in schools,” and a march for working street lights in Cape Town’s low-income communities and along busy thoroughfares, including Landsdowne Road.

But Equal Education’s biggest achievement to date has been their successful campaign for minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure. It was three years in the making. For tens of thousands of students, as well their teacher and parents and legal advisors, it was “the victory of a generation.”

An excerpt from a memorandum handed to government officials at protests in Cape Town and Pretoria on June 17, 2013:

“It is impossible to learn and to teach when there are 130 learners in a class. We have experienced this. It is impossible to learn and to teach when the roof may fall on your head. We have seen this. It is impossible to learn to love reading when there is no library with books. Most schools face this. It is impossible to concentrate when there is no water to drink all day at school. We have gone through this. It is impossible to respect school when our toilets don’t work and we feel undignified. For all these reasons we demand final and binding, quality and serious, Minimum Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure now! After 20 broken promises we can no longer rely on promises. We need action. Nothing less will do.”

On November 29, 2013, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga approved legally-binding regulations for school standards. For the first time in South African history, all schools are required by law to have a water supply, working toilets, electricity, internet access, and reduce classroom size to 40 learners max. By 2023, all schools must also have libraries, laboratories, and functional sports facilities.

These policies aren’t a cure-all, but they are a strong start: a beacon of hope for a new era of governance. And civic engagement, led by young people who understand what it takes to make a positive difference in a rapidly changing world.

“Students have seen real, tangible change. They’ve seen change in their schools. They stay [as Equalizers] to change more. Some have not seen any improvement so far, but they know that they are fighting for the next generation. They even say that,” said Nyathela.

“There’s something about it that keeps them activists, even when campaigns fail or are rejected by the minister—we’d be so upset. They would stand up, sing and say, ‘We should march again, picket again, write another person, start a petition.’ They keep it going. It’s amazing.”

Equal Education's first coordinator, and one of its founders, Doron Isaacs, said: "White South Africans like me are still unfairly privileged by the legacy of apartheid. I slowly came to accept my obligation to undo this injustice. However, the struggle to replace apartheid with equality must be led by black young people from poor communities.

"Equal Education is enabling this to happen. The first student activists recruited seven years ago are now university graduates who run the movement. This makes me feel very positive about the future."

The failures of South Africa’s school system are what has unified the young activists in the Equal Education network. But these township youths graduate with both the skills and leadership experience that’s required to rewrite the rulebook to tackle social challenges head on—and even write a new chapter in the history of a country.

Doron Isaacs was elected an Ashoka Fellow as part The MasterCard Foundation and Ashoka’s “Future Forward: Innovations for Youth Employment in Africa” initiative. To learn more about game-changing innovations for youth employment, sign up for the Future Forward newsletter or join the #AfricaYouthFwd conversation during the webinar and twitter chat on May 28 at 9:30 a.m. ET.

19.05.2015 Blueprint 2016

Yes. It is time for me to start thinking about Blueprint 2016.  To get it to you live in December I start thinking, mulling, complaining about, and drafting by June.
I just made my annual notebook to start compiling my papers, thoughts, and ephemera that I don't store online. I start carrying this with me everywhere. I spend a few minutes each day going back through all my online storage spots where I've been bookmarking and filing things since January 1, looking for ideas and patterns and questions.

What do you think I should be thinking about? Almost half-way through 2015, what's on your mind about the year to come?
  • Got any buzzwords you want to share?
  • Feel the need to point out where my 2015 predictions have gone awry? (or, perhaps, any I got right?)
  • Things you want more of from the 2014 and 2015 experiments with learning from outside the USA? Subjects or sections you'd like to see go away?
  • Thinking about trends that feel meaningful? Please share...
Let me know via twitter @p2173 with the hashtag #blueprint16. Or post a comment here.

Thanks.

19.05.2015 Social Impact Jobs May 2015


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In a few short weeks, we will announce the 2015 class of Echoing Green Fellows. It will be the end to a six-month long process of poring through applications, interviewing references, and vetting the visionary entrepreneurs who tossed their hats into the ring this year. Though it’s hard work to narrow such a promising set of applicants down to just a few, I find this process of selecting the newest class of Fellows incredibly energizing. This year’s applicant pool features a stream of smart, game-changing ideas to be implemented by some of the most optimistic and committed people from across the globe. I just spent the last week meeting and interviewing the passionate, impact-driven change makers who have made it to the Finalist round of our Fellowship competition, and I walked away with a deep optimism for our future. In nearly every conversation I had with a Finalist, they stressed that core to their success is the fact that they are not going it alone. They bring to their work communities of supporters – champions, volunteers, staff, and interns – each using their talent and drive to bring about big bold change.

Much like these Fellowship candidates and their supporters, I know many of you hold this same determination to boldly work to make the world a better place. I’m happy to share the following opportunities to work for an 0rganization where you can bring your passion and perspective to create the world you want to see – take a look below, and apply! 

Fellows' Organizations

Multiple roles (San Francisco) East Africa Operations Director (San Francisco) Multiple roles (Various locations) Multiple roles (Various locations)

Site Director (New York)

Multiple roles (San Francisco) Chief Operating Officer (Kigali, Rwanda)

Mutliple roles (Nairobi)

Program Manager (New York) Multiple roles (Various locations) General Manager, Finance and Analytics (Mumbai) Multiple roles (Various locations)
Multiple roles (Various locations) Volunteer Website Manager (New York) Multiple roles (Various locations) Multiple roles (Various locations)
Multiple roles (Guatemala)  Multiple roles (Various locations) Multiple roles (Various locations) Operations & Development Associate (San Francisco) 

Multiple roles (Various locations)

Multiple roles (Mexico City) 

Outreach and Operations Manager (Indianapolis) Multiple roles (Various locations)
Multiple roles (San Francisco) Multiple roles (Nairobi) Program Liaison Fellowship (Nairobi) Multiple roles (Various locations)
     
Multiple roles (Lagos)       

Global Opportunities

Multiple roles
(Various locations)
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development (New York)

Multiple roles (Various locations)

Multiple roles (Various locations)
Multiple roles (Various locations) Multiple roles (New York) Director of Development (Boston) Multiple roles (Various locations)
Director (San Francisco) Multiple roles (Various locations) Multiple roles (Various locations) Multiple roles (Various locations)
Multiple roles (Various locations) Production Admin/Operations Internship (New York)  Multiple roles (Various locations) Program Officer, Community Engagement and Leadership (Battle Creek, MI)

 

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19.05.2015 (RED) Chef Ambassadors

This June, thousands of restaurants, food trucks and bars worldwide are uniting with one shared goal: to fight for a world in which every child is born HIV free.

EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES wouldn't be possible without our EAT (RED) chef ambassadors, who are serving up their best (RED) recipes, creating special (RED) dinners around the world and sharing (RED) on social media.

Meet our (RED) chef ambassadors below, and be sure to follow them on Twitter by checking out our Twitter list here. Let's #86AIDS!

EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES Chef Ambassadors

Alberto Landgraf — Sao Paolo, Brazil 
"I’m very humbled and flattered for being invited to be one of the ambassadors of EAT(RED)! I'm so blessed and privileged with my life and work, that I feel the obligation to help others in any way I can, and to be able to do so through my restaurant in EAT (RED),  having my whole team involved is just an amazing and unique opportunity to make a diference! As much as helping others, it's just an incredible learning opportunity and as human beings, we give as much as we gain!"

Amanda Freitag — New York City 

April Bloomfield — New York City 
"As a chef & restaurateur, I enjoy reaching people through my cooking and restaurants. Our staff takes care of people through food and hospitality on a daily basis and it feels natural to bring that attention to the next level with the (RED) campaign. I encourage you to dine out to help save lives this June."

Art Smith — Chicago 

Benito Molina — Mexico 

Brandon Wise — Denver 

Brian Malarkey — San Diego 

Cesare Casella — Italy 
"I am very happy to be a part of the EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) initiative this June. It is a special thing to know that my cooking and my food can and will help to #86AIDS. I hope I will see you at Salumeria Rosi."

Chris Himmel — Boston 

Clark Barlowe — Charlotte 

David Burke — New York City 

David Hawksworth — Vancouver 

Dena Marino — Miami 
"Everyone leaves something behind.  Everyone can exceed their dreams. WE CAN DELIVER!
JOIN THE FIGHT! Taste ""EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES""  in Miami at MC Kitchen during the month of June"

Dominique Ansel — New York City 
"If you think about extending the life of someone by one day for just as little as 40 cents, that's something that is very powerful. And today, we can do this for those who are HIV-positive. What are we waiting for?" 

Enrique Olvera — Mexico 

Frank Bonanno — Denver 
"We're given an opportunity everyday to make an impact on our communities and to better the lives of others. EAT (RED) is our opportunity to aid the fight against AIDS and increase awareness across generations. I hope other hospitality professionals will unite with me in this fight, and together we can difference."

Gabriela Camara — Mexico

Giorgio Rapicavoli — Miami 

Ian Kittichai — Thailand 
"I am honored to represent Thailand for this important campaign to raise awareness in the fight against AIDS.  EAT(RED) is a global initiative that is a meaningful and delicious way to support our communities."

Jamie Bissonnette — Boston 
"We work in an industry that is supportive and amazing.  Using this support of my industry friends and  fellow chefs, Coppa & Toro are going  (RED) this summer.  Come support and help us paint the town (RED)."

Jody Adams — Boston 

Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo — LA 
"AIDS was the first real disease that we truly remembered hearing about while growing up as kids. Jon was devastated when one of his idols, Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. was diagnosed with this. We're in disbelief that we haven’t been able to defeat this by now, so when (RED) approached us to be ambassadors, how could we say no! Between joining forces with (RED) and other great chefs and restaurants to raise money, hopefully we’ll get us that much closer to creating an AIDS Free Generation."

John Tesar — Dallas 
"While there have been significant improvements in medicine since the epidemic began, allowing people to live longer lives, the hard fact is there are people getting newly infected everyday. HIV/AIDS is everyone’s public health issue so if I can be even just a small part ending this disease, then it’s my privilege to be actively involved with EAT (RED)."

Jose Andres — Washington DC 

Josh Capon — New York City 

Ken Oringer — Boston 
“As a chef who has traveled the world and seen varying degrees of the human experience, it is with great pleasure that I support EAT(RED)’s noble goal of ridding the world of one of the worst epidemics it has ever seen. Through the contributions from guests at my restaurant, Clio, and those from other kitchens worldwide, I hope to make a difference in the lives of those that benefit from this worthy organization.”

Kevin Nashan — St Louis 

Ludo Lefebvre — LA 
"Petit Trois may be one of the smallest restaurants but as the saying goes, "no one's too small to help". We are honored to participate in Eat(RED) this year. Through our collective support we can make great changes, big impacts, and a brighter future."

Luke Mangan — Australia 

Matt Abergel — Hong Kong 

Michael Mina — San Francisco 
"To me, food has always been a way to bring people together, why not do so for a cause? I’m excited to Join Mario and the EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES movement this June in the fight to #86AIDS."

Michael Moore — Australia 

Michael Schwartz — Miami 
"I've seen the power of the restaurant community when it comes together to support a cause. I'm proud to help Miami rally around RED this summer with my fellow ambassador chefs across the country. I know this city will do it for Harry's Pizzeria meatballs!"

Nancy Silverton — LA 

Nina Compton — Miami 

Oliver Dunne — Dublin 

Paul Bartolotta — Milwaukee 

Paul Qui — Austin 

Renee Erickson — Seattle 
"Its simple. 40 cents a day. Come eat and drink at The Whale Wins and help 86 AIDS." 

Richard Sandoval — Hong Kong & Dubai 
“I’m honored to be among a collective group of chefs coming together in doing what we do best- serving great food and drink- and doing it for such an imperative cause.  Knowing we can have a global impact to facilitate the #86AIDS, gives me added satisfaction in my culinary career as I’m proud to be turning my restaurants across the nation RED for the month of June.” 

Wylie Dufresne — New York City
“We are so proud to be a part of the (RED) campaign, which is a great leader in bringing awareness to the fight against AIDS.  (RED) reaches so many people and I am glad that our culinary community has been an active part in supporting the campaign.”

EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES Social Media Ambassadors


Anthony Bourdain — New York City 

Anne Burrell — New York City 

Andrew Zimmern — Minneapolis 
"I’m honored to be a chef ambassador for this year’s EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES campaign and to help in the fight against AIDS. And as always, I'm proud to be a part of a gracious and civic-minded culinary community. That group, the food world, is donating to the cause, bringing awareness to a world wide epidemic that still needs all of our attention. Food is the most universally loved  cultural touchpoint and I think it makes the world go round. What a great fit for this important effort. As an avid traveler, I’ve also seen first hand the tragedy AIDS can bring to any community, and I believe in the power of this campaign to better the lives of those affected."

David Chang — New York City

Joanne Chang — Boston