Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Infographic on World Literacy Rates between 1970 - 2005

Infographics are incredibly useful in conveying a complex issue through a visual representation. Check out other creative infographics on Good.is!

Always remember...

"Brick walls are there to show us how much we want something."
- Proverb

Monday, October 26, 2009

Feast on THIS.

All Day Buffet's brilliant and increasingly popular conference: "Feast on Good "

"The Feast Conference gathers the world's greatest innovators from across industries and society to empower, inspire and engage each other in creating world-shaking change." (Feast website)

Watch the talks HERE.

And Forum students: Guess who they're sponsored by? GRASSHOPPER... (need a reminder? see the video below.)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Funding through Fundable.

Funding is one of the most significant challenges to giving an idea wings.

A new website - fundable.com - attempts to provide a solution.

The site provides individuals with an online fundraising platform, and has already shown an impact.

Excerpt from the fundable.com website:

Online fundraising doesn't have to be hard. Whether you're raising money from hundreds of supporters or just friends and family, Fundable lets you fundraise quickly and effectively. Need to do a fundraiser for something big like an independent film or an unexpected vet bill? People with no prior experience have raised over $10,000 in weeks and so can you!

Need ideas on how to word your fundraiser? Browse through the "finished" fundraising pages to see how other people raised money. These examples can be your blueprint to fundraising success. The best way to raise money is always the same -- ask the people you know who share your goals.

Never raised money online before? Don't worry! Our fundraising platform takes care of all the details. Credit card processing and accounting happen on their own behind the scenes so you can just focus on directing your supporters to your page to raise money. Your fundraiser will be a success with Fundable because Fundable is made for online fundraising.

More on Fundable

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Green Jeddah: Blog launch!

One of the six student groups from the US-Saudi Women's Forum on Social Entrepreneurship has launched its blog:

A bit about Green Jeddah:
"Launched in July 2009, Green Jeddah addresses the lack of awareness with regards to environmental conservation within the city of Jeddah during a time of extensive industrialization and climate change. GJ is ultimately differentiated and driven by Islamic ideologies towards ecological preservation and waste management. So what are you waiting for? Live and let live - join us in our green movement!"

If you find any interesting stories, photos, studies, or emerging technologies, please send them along to: greenjeddah@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Fun Theory.

Speaking of innovation- one of our students found this video:

After some research, we can find that Volkswagen is behind it. They have launched a new campaign called "The Fun Theory" - a series of experiments, captured on video, to find out if making the world more fun can improve people’s behavior.

Some of their "experiments" so far:

  • does turning a set of subway stairs into a real-life piano encourage people to use them?
  • does making a trash can sound like a 50ft-deep well will make people pick up their trash?
  • does turning a bottle recycling center into an arcade game encourage people to recycle?

Here's the trash can video:

More about the FUN THEORY