For those of you in the tri state, here’s an event at General Assembly:
Do Good: A Social Entrepreneurship Event
Saturday, September 21st from 10:00 am to 4:15 pm
Join us for a full day of talks, panels, and networking to gather with innovative thinkers in the social good space. We’ll hear honest stories from entrepreneurs, how non-profits and corporations are collaborating for social good, the future of social entrepreneurship, and more.
Adil Dhalla / Director of Culture, Centre for Social Innovation
Adrienne Schmoeker / Corporate Partnerships Lead, Catchafire
Anna Doherty / Senior Marketing Manager, Engagement, DonorsChoose
Christina Tang / Global Fellow, Acumen Fund
Denielle Sachs / Director of Social Impact, McKinsey & Company
Jay Jaboneta / Global Fellow, Acumen Fund
Kevin Huynh / Chief Breakfast Officer, CreativeMornings
Megan Anhalt / Senior Strategist, Purpose
Melanie Stevenson / Chief Operating Officer, Pencils of Promise
Rei Wang / Community Manager, General Assembly
Seth Bannon / Founder, Amicus More here
VOLUNTEERS IN HIGH DEMAND! Below are a list of volunteering resources if you are interested in pitching in. EDIT: I will be adding additional listings on an on-going basis. Many of the links I’ll be adding going forward will be important and valuable albeit more locally focused efforts. – NYC Service (nyc.gov/service) Offers a variety of ways to get involved cleanup and recovery after Hurricane Sandy. More volunteer opportunities will be added as communities assess their needs and begin to rebuild. Check back often for the most up-to-date volunteer opportunities throughout the five boroughs.
– WNYC (Radio station) Radio station WNYC (93.9 FM and 820 AM) is keeping a running list of volunteer activities.
– O’Reilly Radar Blog A tech media and publishing company, their blog lists several resources to help volunteer for post-hurricane relief. Notable is their list of online volunteer opportunities (I will directly link to these opportunities below).
– NY Tech Responds Mobilizing New York’s Tech Community to support hurricane sandy recovery. Includes providing tech help, volunteering office and co-working space, and projects for hackers.
– WSJ Metropolis Blog Wall Street Journal’s New York City blog lists some resources and volunteer opportunities. Also listed is contact information for New Jersey, if you prefer to donate your services to devastated communities in that state.
– Occupy Sandy Relief Occupy Sandy is a coordinated relief effort to help distribute resources and volunteers to help neighborhoods and people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Members of this coalition are from Occupy Wall Street, 350.org, recovers.org and interoccupy.net.
Google.org Crisis Resources– This map lists many resources. The view I have set here is for volunteer resources. TimeOut New York has a long list of how to volunteer and help out with hurricane relief Strong Island– *Long Islanders, this is a tool to help you find and give help as we recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. TwitLonger has a long list of local volunteer opportunities New York City Shelters may need supplies *FEMA website– For Those Who Want to Help– Cash is best: the best way to support survivors of Hurricane Sandy is to make a financial contribution to trusted organization. Please read these tips on donating and volunteering responsibly.
– Give blood: numerous blood drives have been canceled as a result of the storm and the Red Cross has a need for blood donations. To schedule a blood donation or for more information about giving blood or platelets, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Four million New York City residents — half of the city — experience difficulty affording food. That’s twice the level in 2003. And that’s why Robin Hood is partnering with FreshDirect to deliver Food for Good: 15,000 meals to feed 120,000 New Yorkers who might otherwise go hungry this holiday season.
Great profile of charity: water in the New York Times– the personal story of the founder is interesting:
Five years ago, Mr. Harrison was a nightclub promoter in Manhattan who spent his nights surrounded by friends in a blur of alcohol, cocaine and marijuana. He lived in a luxurious apartment and drove a BMW — but then on a vacation in South America he underwent a spiritual crisis.
Mr. Harrison, now 33, found an aid organization that would accept him as a volunteer photographer — if he paid $500 a month to cover expenses. And so he did. The organization was Mercy Ships, a Christian aid group that performs surgeries in poor countries with volunteer doctors.
He went on to found charity: water, which is essentially a marketing organization:
Armed with nothing but a natural gift for promotion, and for wheedling donations from people, Mr. Harrison started his group, called charity: water — and it has been stunningly successful. In three years, he says, his group has raised $10 million (most of that last year alone) from 50,000 individual donors, providing clean water to nearly one million people in Africa and Asia.
The article deserves a read, so check it out here.
More than 950 students at 11 college and university campuses joined forces the week of April 20 to raise awareness of the need for clean drinking water in Africa. With the generous support of Dry Tears, Living Water International, Radiata Investments and The Franklin and Catherine Johnson Foundation, they raised nearly $37,000, which will enable Nuru International, in partnership with Living Water International, to drill four deep water wells at schools in the Kuria district of Kenya.
The students were part of a nationwide effort called BH2O+, or “Be Hope to Her”, sponsored by Nuru International, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, public benefit charity committed to pioneering holistic, sustainable solutions to end extreme poverty in partnership with the poor.
StartingBloc is currently seeking a talented and dynamic new Executive Director to lead a small and highly mission-driven organization into its next phase of growth and to ensure StartingBloc’s continued and sustainable recognition as a leader in the fields of social innovation, social entrepreneurship, cross-sector partnerships, and sustainability. Working closely with the Director of Programs, Board of Directors, and an engaged group of StartingBloc alumni, the Executive Director will have primary responsibility for all management and leadership functions, including fundraising and partnership-building, strategic planning, financial management, infrastructure and growth development, board of directors’ development, as well as programmatic impact.
Jacqueline Novogratz tells a moving story of an encounter in a Nairobi slum with Jane, a former prostitute, whose dreams of escaping poverty, of becoming a doctor and of getting married were fulfilled in an unexpected way.
(Technology + Entrepreneurship) ^ Corporate Service =Δ Social Impact
Today, the Internet has made global flows of information, capital and innovation possible as never before. How do we use technologies, economies, entrepreneurship and corporate service to make organizations smarter and build trust on a global scale across borders, time zones and cultural expectations? A distinguished panel of experts will examine how governments, NGOs, educational institutions, and private corporations have increased social capacity by successfully applying technology and entrepreneurship to public service. In addition to improving society, the panel will discuss the unique benefits their organizations derive by fostering innovative public service.
PANEL: – Stanley Litow, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, IBM
– Dr. Augustine Mahiga, Permanent Representative of the United Republic of Tanzania to
the United Nations.
– Sally Susnowitz, Director, MIT Public Service Center
– Harris Wofford, Former US Senator (D-PA)
MODERATOR: Bruce Bachenheimer, Chapter Chair, MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City & Clinical Professor of Management, Pace University
Goodwin Procter LLP – DIRECTIONS
The New York Times Building
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018-1405
Free to members of MIT Enterprise Forum
$50 non-members, $10 extra at door
All members and guests are welcome.
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The Fifth Annual Pace Pitch Contest will be held on Thursday evening, December 4th. The event will be held in the Schimmel Center, a 750-seat theatre on Pace’s campus in downtown Manhattan, across from City Hall. Directions here.
However, for those budding entrepreneurs who wish to participate, November 21 is the deadline for applications.
EA’s new casual games boss discusses why titles aimed at wider audiences offer designers greater opportunities to innovate. Nashak also talks about Games for Change, a festival uniting do-good nonprofits with game makers.