EquityEdit- Innovating In Global Public Health

Glad to see good things coming out of the alma mater!

is a non-profit organization that partners with for-profit biomedical editing companies with the goal of generating funding global public health innovations. EquityEdit recruits and trains scientists from diverse backgrounds to edit and translate manuscripts written by researchers for whom English is a second language. A portion of the scientists’ compensation earned is donated to small, innovative, pro-poor global health organizations as a sustainable source of long-term financing. In addition, EquityEdit receives from it for-profit partners a percentage of the revenue from each order.

Financial Model

EquityEdit’s current beneficiary is Nyaya Health and their current for-profit partner is ProEdit Japan. Currently the editors are paid by ProEdit Japan and can donate anywhere from 0-100% of their compensation to Nyaya Health. Editors that are affiliated with Nyaya Health donate 100% of their income and those not affiliated donate about 5%. In addition, ProEdit Japan donates an additional percentage of the revenue of each order.

New Editors begin editing as junior editors and for the first three manuscripts are paired with a senior editor. For these three manuscripts, the compensation is provided as follows. The junior editor receives 20% of the compensation, the senior editor receive 70%, and 10% is donated to Nyaya Health. This training period represents about 10 hours of minimally compensated work for the junior editor. The system greatly decreases the risks inherent in providing a manuscript with a tight deadline to a new editor, and does so with no added cost to ProEdit Japan.

Approximately 40% of junior editors are hired within three manuscripts to become full “independent editors.” Independent editors complete orders on their own and receive full compensation at 100% (minus a donation percentage that they so choose). After some demonstration of competency, these editors can then advance further to become senior editors. Approximately 20% of all orders are performed within the junior-senior editing system; the remaining manuscripts are edited by independent editors. A typical independent editor will earn approximately $30-60 an hour, while a senior editor might earn $60-100 an hour. This is compensated on a per-word basis, so the hourly rate varies depending upon the speed of the editor.

The Mind Trust Accepting Applications For Education Entrepreneur Fellowship

We are pleased to announce that The Mind Trust (www.themindtrust.org) is accepting applications for the second cohort of its Education Entrepreneur Fellowship. Dr. Michael Bitz was recently selected as the first Education Entrepreneur Fellowship recipient, and will use the Fellowship to launch Youth
Music Exchange (YME).

The Fellowship, a nationally unique incubator for transformative education ventures, offers promising education entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop and launch their break-the-mold education ventures and the support necessary for success. Fellows receive a full-time annual salary of $90,000 for two years, benefits, and customized training. Fellows who opt to live in Indianapolis will also get office space at The Mind Trust.

Interested candidates may apply online at www.themindtrust.org. Statements of Intent are due September 5, 2008. Fellowships will be awarded by December 1, 2008.

Additional information on the Fellowship is attached. You can also visit our website at www.themindtrust.org or contact us at info@themindtrust.org or 317-822-8102.

About The Mind Trust: The Mind Trust’s mission is to dramatically improve public education for underserved students by empowering education entrepreneurs to develop or expand transformative education initiatives. The Mind Trust is currently in the process of selecting its first cohort of Education Entrepreneur Fellows. The Mind Trust received 146 Statements of Intent from applicants with a rich array of experience and backgrounds from all over the country. In addition to the Fellowship, The Mind Trust also has a Venture Fund which has invested $2,885,000 to bring Teach For America, The New Teacher Project and College Summit to Indianapolis, where The Mind Trust is based.

Microsoft Plans To Join OLPC

There’s been lots of drama with OLPC but hopefully the non-profit can work through it and make some progress with their new partner Microsoft:

The alliance between Microsoft and O.L.P.C. comes after long stretches of antagonism, punctuated by occasional talks, between the two sides. Mr. Negroponte, a former computer researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a new media pioneer, said he first talked to Bill Gates, Microsoft’s chairman, three years ago.


AmeriCorps Week Is Here

AmeriCorps Week is a recruitment and recognition event designed to bring more Americans into service, salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their powerful impact, and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible.

AmeriCorps Week provides an opportunity for AmeriCorps members, alums, grantees, program partners, and friends to shine a spotlight on the work done by members in communities across the country—and to motivate more Americans to join AmeriCorps or volunteer in their communities.


Million Trees NYC

A tree-mendous month! Due to all of our upcoming events we are extending our inaugural MillionTreesNYC Month through May 18. Find out the latest events.

About A Million Trees:
MillionTreesNYC, one of the 127 PlaNYC initiatives, is a citywide, public-private program with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City’s five boroughs over the next decade. By planting one million trees, New York City can increase its urban forest—our most valuable environmental asset made up of street trees, park trees, and trees on public, private and commercial land—by an astounding 20%, while achieving the many quality-of-life benefits that come with planting trees.

The City of New York will plant 60% of trees in parks and other public spaces. The other 40% will come from private organizations, homeowners, and community organizations.

Hat tip to City Room blog.

Microsoft’s i’m Program Available To Hotmail Users

Hat tip to TechCrunch, “Microsoft’s i’m Initiative, which launched in March 2007, has expanded to include Hotmail. The program donates a portion of the ad revenue generated through Hotmail and Messenger to any of ten worthwhile causes.”

Background on Microsoft i’m:

i’m is an initiative from Microsoft. Every time you use Windows Live™ Messenger or Windows Live Hotmail®, our free webmail service, Microsoft shares a portion of the program’s advertising revenue with an organization of your choice from a selection of some of the world’s most effective organizations dedicated to social causes. We’ve set no cap on the amount we’ll donate to each organization. The sky’s the limit. And it’s free.

The Backlash Over Green Marketing Is Already Here

Seth Godin says that there will be a coming backlash over green marketing. He references a marketing campaign that says Tumi will plant trees if you buy a specific line of luggage. Also relevant is this story about “green” Barbie: The Ultimate Greenwashing: Barbie Goes Green.

The fact that it’s so hard to quantify a product’s carbon footprint is the root cause of this marketing problem. (It’s the classic measurement issue that we see recurring in the social sector). For now, we have, from the FTC: Part 260 — GUIDES FOR THE USE OF ENVIRONMENTAL MARKETING CLAIMS.

And if you’re a marketer that really cares about being green, Seth says you “should be scrambling right now to find a number or an organization that can defend the green brand. If not, it’s going to be worthless and a great opportunity for improvement is going to be lost.”

Sorry, but you’ll have to read his post to understand what he’s saying.