Dear Members of the Creative Design & Material Community

Dear Members of the Creative Design & Material Community

We would like to have your input on a Challenge Prize(s) that we are designing.

Imagine one possible breakthrough or truly amazing piece of progress related to bioeconomy...

"Bioeconomy" refers to an economy which uses renewable biological resources from the land and sea, waste to convert into food and feed, bio-based products and services as well as industrial and bioenergy production. 

Imagine one possible breakthrough or truly amazing piece of progress related to bioeconomy - what would be better and how much better would it be?

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Nutrients for All: Thriving Ecosystems for Productive, Resilient Food Systems

Natural ecosystems ensure that vital nutrients flow from soils to food to people. Thriving ecosystems are the bedrock of healthy nutrient chains, the basis of all life on the planet.

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Native American Somali Peacemakers ($100,000 Grantee)

Native American and Somali youth and elders partner for peace between their communities in this nationally and internationally recognized project.

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About You

First Name

Amina

Last Name

Saleh

About Your Organization

Organization Name

The Family Partnership

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Hennepin

Organization City

Minneapolis

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Grant You Are Applying For (check one)

Larger grant of up to $100,000

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Native American Somali Peacemakers ($100,000 Grantee)

Describe how you will use the funding to build social connections.

Right now, in the Cedar Riverside and Phillips neighborhoods of Minneapolis, we have a rare and powerful opportunity to model how intentional, cross-cultural reconciliation and communication can make entire neighborhoods safer while, at the same time, equipping youth living in poverty with the leadership skills they need to be successful in life. The Native American Somali Peacemakers Project will provide opportunities for youth to create and implement their own innovative public safety solutions while integrating the knowledge and peacemaking traditions of their community elders. In doing so, the project will achieve the following three social connection objectives:
- Increasing the measurable skills, knowledge, and resources of Native American and Somali youth in the Cedar Riverside and Phillips neighborhoods of Minneapolis to work together to create and implement public safety and crime prevention projects in their communities.
- Expanding community partnerships between Native American and Somali organizations and leaders, along with law enforcement and other key allies, to decrease youth violence within and between communities.
- Honoring and utilizing traditional cultural conflict resolution methods passed down by respected Native American and Somali elders to produce community-owned public safety solutions and to rebuild relationships between elders and youth.

Describe the community where your project will take place.

The Cedar Riverside and Phillips Neighborhoods of Minneapolis have some of the largest concentrations of new immigrants in Minneapolis. At the same time, these two neighborhoods are the long term, multigenerational homes of large segments of the African American and Native American communities in the Twin Cities. They have, within their borders, subsidized housing and high-rises, ethnic shopping centers, financial institutions, malls and community agencies that cater to the specific needs of these distinct groups of residents. Despite the presence of community resources, however, new immigrant communities and long term residents still face multiple challenges in building connections with one another due to cultural differences, language barriers, and geographic territoriality.

Where does your project have impact?

United States, MN, Minneapolis, Hennepin County

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How will the community and its members be involved in planning and implementing your project?

Based on strongly held and deeply respected shared cultural values of conflict resolution, consultation with wise elders, and co-created reconciliation processes, the Native American Somali Friendship Committee has had significant success in stemming the tide of intercultural violence between the youth of the Cedar Riverside and Phillips Neighborhoods. Our proposed Native American Somali Peacemakers Project represents the next level of this work, moving beyond crisis management to building strong youth leadership skills, and expanding safety focused multicultural community collaborations, ultimately transforming entire neighborhoods for the better. As was the case with the Native American Somali Friendship Committee, community elders and youth from both the Native American and Somali communities will co-create and collectively implement all Native American Somali Peacemakers community initiatives.

To what extent will your project involve building relationships that cross traditional sector boundaries and social groups?

Substantial collaboration already exists between the Somali and Native American communities of the Cedar Riverside and Phillips neighborhoods. These relationships were developed more than two years ago during a time in which the two communities were having disputes over frequent assaults occurring in the neighborhood between the youth of the two communities. These exploded into open hostilities at one point and the neighborhoods became increasingly unsafe. The Family Partnership mobilized other entities working with these communities, specifically the Confederation of Somali Community of Minnesota, Division of Indian Work, the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Police, and other influential community leaders in an effort to foster peace between the highly conflicted communities. These relationships are critical to building a cross-cultural, multigenerational collaboration between elders and youth aimed at quelling the violence and promoting mutual respect, friendship, and cooperation.

Effectiveness & Impact, Organizational Capacity, and Sustainability

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If funded, how will you know if your project has been effective?

We plan to adopt pre/post evaluation service learning evaluation questions used in the Teen Outreach Program (TOP), an evidence-based youth development and prevention program, to assess youth’s increase in pro-social behaviors and self-perceptions of the importance of their contribution to their community across the project. This evaluation approach will be supplemented by the use of youth assessment tools developed by Search Institute, as well as leadership development training evaluation tools developed for The Family Partnership by Dr. David Baronov, chair of the Human Service Administration program at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY.

We will also use the Civic Engagement Measurement System (CEMS), a new, national evaluation system that is available to us through our membership in the Alliance for Children and Families. Developed by Behavioral Pathway Systems with support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, CEMS uses surveys to gather and provide comparative quantitative analysis of multiple stakeholders’ (e.g., elders, youth, community residents, police partners) perceptions about a programs’ impact across multiple dimensions such as health and safety.

What specific health outcome(s) do you expect your project to have?

The Native American Somali Peacemakers Project will produce positive health outcomes on a variety of levels, both individual and collective:

In the lives of youth, who will develop lifelong leadership and work skills, make healthier life choices, and reduce high risk behaviors such as gang involvement;
In the lives of elders, who will contribute their wisdom, history, and cultural practices thereby, according to health and longevity research, increase the quality and, potentially, the length of their lives; and
In the communities, which will become safer, more socially connected, and healthier for children and families living in poverty.

Describe the reach of your project.

Our initial target audience is Native American and Somali youth living in the Phillips and Cedar Riverside neighborhoods, as well as elders and other family members. The model has tremendous potential to achieve significant reach beyond these two neighborhoods, however, with its basic elements being equally applicable to communities across Minnesota and beyond. In fact, the work of the Native American Somali Friendship Committee has already moved people beyond our borders, most recently with a international delegation of Israelis and Palestinians seeking to apply the principles to their own struggle for peace.

What will it take to implement your project effectively and sustain the work over a two-year period?

Native American Somali Peacemakers Project activities will be coordinated by Amina Saleh, Project Coordinator/lead community organizer (.60 FTE on this project; time includes 10% of project budget for evaluation) at The Family Partnership. Amina is well-trained and well-versed in best practices related to youth leadership development and violence prevention. In addition, she has received extensive training on community convening and facilitation techniques, most recently with the Bush Foundation’s “Art of Hosting” model. Amina will be responsible for the overall coordination and management of Native American Somali Peacemakers Project, and will also serve as the lead trainer for the youth leadership development program.

In addition to Amina, we will also to hire a .65 FTE Native American Somali Peacemakers Project community organizer, responsible for cultivating relationships with a wide variety of community stakeholders, coordinating community forums and actions, facilitating the mediation circles, and providing ongoing support and coaching for youth leadership development program participants as they implement their community public safety projects. Additionally, we are proposing to offer stipends to youth leadership development program participants for their community organizing and training work as we have learned, through years of experience with youth leadership and organizing programs, that this is a key element for sustained participation, family support, and program completion.

Describe the current stage of implementation and provide a brief overview of the phases involved in implementing the work over a two-year period.

As referenced above, The Native American Somali Peacemakers Project is an expansion of the Native American Somali Friendship Committee, a nationally and internationally recognized model of cross-cultural reconciliation and collaboration. At the current stage of our development, we have established a variety of cross-cultural, cross-sector relationships that serve as the infrastructure for the proposed expansion.

The next stage of implementation will commence with expanded recruitment efforts. We will identify project participants through our extensive network of partner organizations including, but not limited to: Minneapolis Police Department; Division of Indian Work; Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota; City of Minneapolis; and Somali Action Alliance. These partner organizations will also help coordinate and facilitate community actions and forums, provide guest trainers for the youth leadership development training program, offer project support to youth leadership development participants, and allow the use of their cultural/organizational spaces for project activities during subsequent phases of the project.

How would you share lessons from your project with other organizations and communities?

Because of our existing work with InCommons, we've had the opportunity to learn about a number of innovative and emerging methods for sharing our work with other organizations and communities. In particular, the Art of Hosting tools and trainings have greatly expanded our capacity to engage communities and organizations in deeper and more organic ways, sharing lessons learned and co-creating new solutions and new ways of working together. We're also excited to participate in other sharing and co-creation opportunities, such as the upcoming Social Innovation Lab, in the future.

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Tiyatien Health is a Changemaker

Tiyatien Health, a winner in the Rethinking Mental Health competition, is treating the effects of decades of brutal war in Liberia by training non-doctor health workers and clinicians to work directly with citizens of one of the poorest countries on Earth. The founders are survivors of Liberia's civil war and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Tiyatien Health trained the first non-physicians to administer anti-retroviral therapy in Liberia,and provided the first-ever HIV/AIDS treatments in southeastern Liberia, the poorest corner of the country. Now it is expanding beyond providing public HIV/AIDS treatment to rural communities by working to reverse decades of untreated depression and epilepsy.

Wikiloc: Blazing Trails for Geotourism

Nobody was more surprised that Wikiloc’s website for crowdsourcing hiking and walking trails was a winner of the Changemakers / National Geographic 2009 Geotourism Challenge than its founder, Jordi Ramot.

The soft-spoken, pony-tailed software engineer was invited to travel from his home in the Pyrenees mountains in northeast Spain to the annual Geotourism Change Summit at National Geographic’s headquarters last week in Washington, D.C. where he was “amazed to be able to work with people from National Geographic.”

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SMS How To Guide: Changemakers & kiwanja.net Collaboration

Latest update: The SMS Quick Start Guide is now available!

This introductory guide was created by Changemakers and  kiwanja.net. The making of the guide included having a guide-related discussion right here.

Meet our Featured Commentators

Meet our Featured Commentators who are all doing great work in the sector and sharing their insights, expertise and feedback right here on our compitition discussion forum. We invite you to follow their contributions and get in on the action!

 

Meet our Network Partners

Meet our Network Partners who are doing great work in the sector and helping to spread the word about the Changemakers GMO competition:
 

Slow Food USA: www.slowfoodusa.org

Centre Technique De Cooperation Agricole: http://www.agricta.org/    

Farm Radio: http://www.farmradio.org/

Busoga Rural Open Source and Development: http://www.brosdi.or.ug

Technoserve: http://www.technoserve.org/
 

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Do you think GMOs are safe?

“There is no evidence that it’s more nutritious. There’s no evidence that it’s more safe. It’s not sustainable. It’s not any healthier, but it certainly is expensive.”

GMO Risk or Rescue Group: Helping Consumers Decide

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When it comes to genetic food engineering, claims are often made about farmers ability and interest to adapt. And how about vitamin-rich rice? ... Are these realities or misrepresentations? Tell us what you think here

[Also check out our GMO Risk or Rescue competition. Share your idea or initiative to get noticed and to be eligible for various  prizes. Submit your entry by October 21, 2009.]

Opportunity: Funding

At Changemakers we know that funding is one of the most critical needs for any organization, and our community often has opportunities in this area.

Check out this space for funding announcements. We’ll post what we come across and we welcome your tips and suggestions.

Ashoka Tech Group: Technology/Invention

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This is the AshokaTech social networking community on Changemakers.

Entrepreneurs, inventors, engineers, and others who use technologies to improve their society, open new markets, and encourage the invention or adaptation of technologies designed for everyone - not just the world’s wealthiest consumers.

Be sure to visit our AshokaTech Blog too: tech.ashoka.org

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Free Tax Software: An Affordable Do-It-Yourself Solution

While most of us dread filing our taxes, there's something to cheer about this year: cash-strapped taxpayers now have an easier path to their refunds. Free tax preparation software, based on an H&R Block professional product, is being given away by more than 90 United Way affiliates nationwide to anyone earning $56,000 or less annually.

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Labor Link: Voice to the Global Workforce

Labor Link is the first platform to leverage the disruptive power of mobile to give voice to the global workforce and deliver real-time data to companies like Cisco and Patagonia to align sourcing practices with worker needs - like SurveyMonkey for the 5 billion people without internet access.

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Busanti

Busanti meets women at the corner of Social & Technological Innovation, bridging two unaddressed market needs, safe transport and healthcare for women. Busanti, Pakistan’s first 'public health' bus service will provide millions of low-income women a safe and dignified vehicle for transport while offering them education on preventive health via animated videos on board. Commuters will also have access to a 24/7 health-line for women.

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doctHERS-in-the-House

DoctHERS-in-the-House: • Creates opportunities for female doctors who can not access the workplace to practice their profession from home • Provides access to healthcare for millions of women and families in marginaized communities • Offers Innovative approaches to healthcare delivery via technology • Provides a platform for entrepreneurial activities, training, mentorship and a network for healthcare communities

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Closing the Loop

In Afghanistan, officials cannot account for one third of aid between 2002 and 2009 – GBP 23 billion. Such losses show the need for greater accountability of development projects. In the last decade, technology-driven solutions have failed to ‘close the feedback loop’ between state and communities.

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BADAWEYA Women's Handicraft Initiative

BADAWEYA empowers female Bedouin handicraft producers to build up their own business. We support the women in developing their products, train them in business skills and link them to suitable sales markets. We aim at combining women's empowerment, community development and preservation of tradition

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