Posts Tagged ‘social innovation’

cross posted on my new blog: Service Driven

This service-oriented road trip, Service Driven, has been in the our minds for about a year, but a new twist was added just over a month ago.  On the IBM Service Jam in October, one of the participants mentioned that StartingBloc was a really successful new program for young social innovators.  Having never heard of it before, I checked it out and was impressed by the people associated with it and their stories of social change.  I applied, and two weeks ago I found out that I was accepted!

Learn more about StartingBloc from this Fast Company article, or by watching this 2 minute clip:

So now I will be spending the middle of February in Los Angeles, surrounded by 109 other young people who are just as energized about making a difference and having an impact as I am!  I am hopeful that it will be the perfect precursor to our adventure.

If you would like to support me in attending the Social Innovation institute, you can sponsor me HERE.  This would also be a great alternative this year to Christmas or birthday presents since we are downsizing in anticipation of our trip.

To support StartingBloc in offering more scholarships for 2011 Fellows, vote for them in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge HERE.



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In a few weeks I will be attending a self organizing summit convened by HandsOn Network during National Volunteer Week. Hope to see you there!

Here are the details:
Join the most creative thinkers at LEAD – A Get HandsOn! Summit to learn how individuals are using social media tools and other innovative strategies to change the landscape of service.

Social innovators will share interesting experiences such as locating disaster victims with cell phones, quickly gathering thousands of volunteers for one-day projects and organizing person-to-person service efforts through Web-based technologies and other tools.

Whether you are a community organizer, government or nonprofit leader, corporate community affairs director, student, social media expert, or volunteer leader, there will be something for you at the LEAD – A Get HandsOn! Summit. Come and embrace new ways of engaging people to create citizen-centered change.

Imagine. Create. Inspire.
Speakers include Rich Harwood, founder of the Harwood Institute; Allison Fine, author and social change connoisseur, and Heather Mansfield, social media expert. James “JB” Brown, AARP Brand Ambassador for Community and Host of CBS’ NFL Today and Showtime’s Inside the NFL will moderate an engaging discussion! Click here to learn about the other dynamic thought leaders who will be presenting at LEAD.

LEAD – A Get HandsOn! Summit is sponsored by University of Phoenix and SAP. To read about all of the activities and events planned during National Volunteer Week, visit http://www.handsonnetwork.org/events/nvw2010.

Registration is only $125 and includes access to all sessions, a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, a unique gift and an invitation to a special reception themed, “Inspire…Serve… Solve: A Celebration of National Volunteer Week and the Serve America Act.” This reception, co-convened by Points of Light Institute and ServiceNation and supported by Procter & Gamble on the evening of April 20, will honor the countless Americans who are making extraordinary efforts to address challenges in our communities.

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