Changemakers Community

Changemakers Community
A Vibrant Community

This Changemakers community convenes and connects high-potential changemakers, and their ideas and resources, through the power of collaborative competitions and partner networks. Connect here with other social innovators, entrepreneurs, funders, connectors, thought leaders, communicators, citizen sector organizations, and citizens to accelerate lasting social change.

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7/18/2014

Project Happiness (PH) teaches students the skills to build emotional resilience, self-awareness, and empathy. Informed by neuroscience, positive psychology, and mindfulness, PH “teaches kids to be happy and strong from the inside” and helps adults strengthen social and emotional skills as well, said founder Randy Taran.

5/19/2014

Howard Buffett’s recent book, 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World, shares two interrelated insights: that a farmer gets to produce around 40 annual harvests in her lifetime, and that living soils play an absolutely essential role in her and future generations’ abilities increase that harvest each year.

5/15/2014

By co-founding Hollaback, Emily May is making street harassment as culturally unacceptable as sexual harassment in the workplace, by naming and raising visibility of the problem, and establishing systems and accessible tools to effectively report and address it.

Tools for Changemakers

Story Telling GuideChangemaker’s eight-step guide to storytelling: how to engage heads, hearts, and hands to drive change. Everyone has a story. This guide will help you tell yours.
Pitch GuideStrengthen the pitch you make for your project: a guide for wooing funders. Learn how to put your best foot forward.
Innovation MappingThis hands-on crash course on changemaking is a 50-minute video-led journey to help you find ways to think more innovatively about your approach to social change. It helps you discover entrepreneurial, new ideas for crafting a stronger project for social change.

 

Announcements

Social Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic

Ashoka, Latham & Watkins LLP, and the DC Bar Pro Bono Program are pleased to offer pro bono legal services to social entrepreneurs through the Social Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic. Interested individuals or organizations (nonprofit or for-profit) in need of pro bono legal support should submit applications by Friday, January 30 to Socentclinic@lw.com. Legal help is available for entity formation, legal aspects of running a company, advice for a particular contract, communications policies for your website, and other topics. The Social Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic will be held at the Washington DC office of Latham & Watkins on March 3, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. Each participant will meet with a team of 2-3 lawyers to discuss legal issues impacting the participant’s organization. Please click here to read more about the Social Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic.

Apply to Unreasonable Institute

Applications open Dec 1 for the 2015 Unreasonable Institute. They now have three distinct programs that will run in the summer of 2015: 1) Unreasonable Global (open to applicants from around the world), 2) Unreasonable East Africa (open to applicants from Uganda and Kenya), and 3) Unreasonable Mexico (open to applicants from Mexico). For-profit, non-profit, and hybrid ventures are eligible to apply if they are tackling social and environmental problems that have strong market intimacy and validation for their product. They must have a full-time team of at least two people, have completed a prototype or pilot, be able to prove that they have meaningfully engaged with their customers, be highly-scalable (capable of reaching at least one million people), and have generated revenue through the sale of their core product or service. 

Development Impact and You Free Online Toolkit

Development Impact and You is a free new online toolkit, designed by Nesta in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, to help you find, test and scale new ideas. It is a compilation of 30 innovation tools that have been road tested in four continents to help innovators around the world have more impact with the work they do. Download it now for free and join the community at www.diytoolkit.org.