Where To Volunteer in New York- Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

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.

Additional requests for volunteers:Rockaways Relief Effort – Rockabus site focuses on aid for the Rockaways.  Includes supply drop off sites around the city.  If you want to sign up to volunteer, please do it here.  See images here for some of the devastation in that community. BrooklynBased.netBrooklyn volunteer locations to help Rockaways Jay Parkinson MD writes on his Tumblr about his day helping out in Rockaway on Saturday Nov 3.  He calls for volunteers (read towards the end of his post) Staten Island Resources-- Tunnel to Towers is acception donations
- Rebuild Staten Island is on Facebook
- Staten Island Marathon for Sandy Relief is on Facebook
- Images of marathoners boarding Staten Island Ferry to volunteer

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).


E-book: Social Entrepreneurs Speak: Essays, Articles, and Interviews on Social Entrepreneurship

Check out this interesting new e-book called Social Entrepreneurs Speak: Essays, Articles, and Interviews on Social Entrepreneurship. It is a compilation of selected pieces written for Dowser.org. There is also an introductory essay that analyzes social entrepreneurship’s potential for sustainable social change.

Link to the book: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/221365

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Will Crowdfunding Ignite Investing For Profits And Purpose?

Crowdfunding has the potential to ignite impact investing.

How? Well, for starters crowdfunding is inherently social. Founders of companies and potential investors can talk openly on the web and exchange feedback, concerns, and ideas.

More importantly, when it comes to attracting investors, crowdfunding enables founders to bring to bear what’s called “social capital.” Social capital is essentially all the real and potential value stored in the relationships of the founders and the company.

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OLPC is plowing forward with the successor to the XO-1

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
OLPC CEO Rodrigo Arboleda said in a released statement today, “There is constant debate over laptops versus tablets in educational programs. But the truth is both have their merits. While maintaining our XO’s award-winning design from Yves Behar’s FuseProject, we have combined features of both devices to deliver dual benefits. The new XO-4 Touch is more than just a device, it’s a new way of facilitating learning.”

The XO-4 Touch is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2013. No word on pricing.

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Columbia Business School- Social Enterprise Conference 2012

Columbia Business School’s upcoming Social Enterprise Conference this year will be on Friday, October 5, 2012

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Lerner Hall, Columbia University

Description: Aligning Strategy to Maximize Impact Ranging from startups to programs embedded in multinational organizations, social enterprise continues to thrive despite complex political and economic environments. Companies and organizations increasingly need to develop strategies internally and across their sectors to mobilize action and tackle major social and environmental issues. While traditional corporate strategy focuses on long-term profit maximization, more forward-thinking organizations are incorporating a broader spectrum of social gains into their organizational strategies. Leadership teams must consider the following questions to build successful strategies:

• What are best practices for developing an internal and external strategy that aligns your vision, mission, operations, and results while also engaging stakeholders and minimizing risk?

• What opportunities exist to build an ecosystem strategy across multiple organizations and sectors?

• What are the opportunities and limitations of pursuing strategies to scale organizations and initiatives to achieve sustained impact

By uniting industry experts, thought leaders and practitioners, the 2012 Social Enterprise Conference will delve deeper into the ways leaders and managers can use strategy as a tool to maximize social change. We will share success stories and challenges across a wide range of sectors and causes.

Conference website: http://www.columbiasocialenterprise.org/conference2012/

Register here:http://columbiasocialenterprise.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&;id=42


TEDx talk: Solution to indoor air pollution in the third world

Reader Jordana writes:

I’m writing to share this recently broadcasted TEDx talk on how we can save two million lives a year by changing people’s cooking appliances. The BioLite HomeStove is a new technology that generates electricity from the heat of the flame. This enables the stove to power an internal fan, which cuts smoke by 95% and generates surplus electricity to charge mobile phones and home lighting. Drawing on cultural anthropology and user-centered design, the team has developed and will distribute the stove in a manner that is consistent with local cultural, religious, and culinary practices.


Takeaways from the 2012 Skoll World Forum: A new brand of social entrepreneurship is emerging.

Jason Saul is the founder and CEO of Mission Measurement, a strategy consulting firm that helps its clients create value through social change. Here he writes about five takeaways from the 2012 Skoll World Forum:

The Skoll World Forum—an amazing alchemy of the world’s greatest social entrepreneurs, big thinkers, financiers, philanthropists, and academics—is often a zeitgeist of the latest thinking in the social sector, and this year didn’t disappoint. While the officially programmed theme of the conference was “flux,” the real themes played out in informal hallway chatter, over drinks with colleagues at the Oxford Retreat pub, and in the Twittersphere.
Having participated in a number of these informal “sessions”—in addition to moderating a formal one—I sat down to consider what I heard. Here are my five main takeaways:

1. It’s OK to make an economic return from solving social problems.

2. Measurement is no longer optional.

3. We’re in an age of social entrepreneurship 2.0.

4. It’s cool to be corporate.

5. People want to move the needle.

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GUST: Global Universities Social Trip

About GUST:

We are 3 French students currently making a trip around Asia on Social Business. The project we are currently leading is aiming at raising awareness of people and especially students about social business.

We first meet social entrepreneurs in several countries of South-East Asia and make videos on their business, to show people that it’s possible to create a business which is having a great impact on society and environment and making money at the same time.

After that, we showcase these video-reportage in local universities in the cities we visit, and animate creativity workshops with students on social business, to involve them in the creation process by finding solutions to one of the entrepreneurs’ Challenge.

Read more at http://gustproject.com/

Facebook App Causes To Pivot, Will Now Be A Web Site For Good

The Facebook App Causes came rushing out of the gate several years ago but never lived up to all the hype.  However, word is that the company is planning to roll out major new features in the coming months, with a full launch planned for mid-March.

From TechCrunch:

The design has been streamlined from the clunky-feeling app to focus on the key aspects of Causes today. A big rotating image shows major Causes across the top of the site, with recent activity by your Facebook friends underneath. The search bar, along with links to your profile and to finding or starting a Cause are located across the top navigation bar. To their right, you’ll find an image of yourself (your Facebook photo) as well as the amount of money you’ve raised and the number of actions you’ve taken. Below on the right-hand side, you’ll see a link to your profile, your friends’ new Causes, and the Causes raising the most money on the site.

We hope that this pivot will help the Causes team deliver some needed innovation into the space.

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