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More on crowdsourcing: ideas for philanthropy and development
Posted by Kristi Heim
The interesting marriage between online communities and the social sector has produced two more offspring:
One is a project by Global Washington called Blueprint for Action, which asks the public to help set priorities for development by posting their ideas and solutions. Readers can vote on the ideas, and the author with the most votes gets to host a session on that topic at a conference next month in Seattle.
Here's an idea someone submitted to Global Washington called checks and balances:
"We need to have an improved system of communication between people in the rural developing countries and 'bright' planners and analysts working for organizations such as Gates Foundation. Otherwise, we will find again and again that interests are not aligned with increasing the sustainable livelihoods and economic independence of the poor."
Another example of online media-philanthropy hybrids is a project to solicit audience help in choosing and awarding the best innovators, visionaries and leaders, who are profiled on Huffington Post.
Kushal Chakrabarti, co-founder of Seattle education non-profit Vittana made the Top 10 "Ultimate Game Changers in Philanthropy."
I wrote about Vittana here a few months ago, and the start-up has made some huge strides since then, including bringing student loans to Peru, Paraguay, Nicaragua and Mongolia, and getting its first repayment from students who now have jobs.
If you like what he's doing, you can vote for him over the next week or so.
The Game Changers awards honor 100 people for using new media to reshape their fields and change the world in politics, entertainment, technology, media, sports, business, style, health, environment and philanthropy.
Another person who made the top 10, the "godfather of social entrepreneurship," Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka, will be in Seattle on Nov. 17.
Leadership Tomorrow and CityClub will host a conversation with Drayton, chairman and CEO of Ashoka, moderated by Paul Shoemaker, executive director of Social Venture Partners. I won't have to travel far -- the event is being held in the Seattle Times Auditorium, 1120 John St., starting at 5 p.m.
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