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Related:  AA- Priority Virtue Foundation MikroAct: Sharing Tactical Urban Actions entry MikroAct is an open source platform and participatory urban initiative which mobilizes communities through collective actions. Through a set of collaboration and mapping tools, it allows coordination, sharing and replication of civic and DIY actions. Mailboxes installed in districts MikroAct is a civic engagement platform based on community-sourced, participatory research and collaborative design. Platforms for interfacing city institutions with publics emphasize the role of government in the performance of civic action and individual citizens in the articulation of issues. Based on community research in a Moscow city district that began last summer, we have identified the need for tools that support collective, community-based research into problems and solutions. Since the release of our prototype, we have organized a series of community feedback sessions as well as extensive design review, thorough process of redesigning the website’s second version in terms of usability. Links

Reinventing the Toilet in India Gandhi said “Sanitation is more important than independence”. To demonstrate his commitment he made cleanliness and sanitation an integral part of the Gandhian way of living and believed in total sanitation for all. October 2, 2013, is the 144th birthday of Bapu and what better way for the Bill & Melinda Gates to celebrate this profound and inspirational leader, than to announce our new partnership with The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India in joint funding the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) to launch the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge – India. If you are not immersed in the issues facing global sanitation, you should be. At 1.27 billion people, India is the second most populous country in the world. And, millions of tons of fecal sludge collected from pit latrines and septic tanks are discharged untreated into the environment, creating a horrendous health hazard.

thinkpublic The Social Action App - Catch22 Take a look! Plan.Do – the social action app launched in March 2014 and you can take a look at it here: Whether you are a young person wanting to plan your own projects, a teacher looking for a project management tool to engage students, a charity setting up your own social action projects or a funder wanting to commission social action programmes, Plan.Do has something for you. Download our one-page pdf for everything you need to know about Plan.Do. If you are an organisation that is already delivery social action programmes for young people, find out more about our Early Adopter Programme. Working in partnership to develop the social action app Catch22 is committed to developing and delivering user-led services. We also worked with our corporate partners to make sure Plan.Do highlights the employability skills they are looking for. With support from: Plan.Do the social action app is available for young people now at Plan.Do Early Adopters

What Is Civic Media? Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007 5 - 7 p.m. Bartos Theater Abstract In Bowling Alone (2000), Robert Putnam wrote about a generation of Americans cut off from traditional forms of community life and civic engagement, passive consumers of mass media. But others have noted the expansion of participatory cultures and virtual communities on the web, the growth of blogs, podcasts, and other forms of citizen journalism, the rise of new kinds of social affiliations within virtual worlds. What lessons can we learn from these online worlds that will make an impact in the communities where we work, sleep, and vote? Speakers Chris Csikszentmihalyi is Muriel R. Beth Noveck is professor of law at New York Law School where she directs the Institute for Information Law & Policy. Ethan Zuckerman is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School, and co-founder of Global Voices. Co-sponsors: MIT Comparative Media Studies and the MIT Media Lab. Summary By Greg Peverill-Conti Discussion

Knight challenge seeks innovative community health concepts The Knight Foundation is joining with a quartet of healthcare's heavy hitters to spur new ideas to harness healthcare data technology for community health. The Miami-based media conglomerate is launching a health innovation contest with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation, Clinton Foundation and Health Data Consortium. The contest challenges participants to answer the question, "How might we harness data and information for the health of communities?" The right answer could be worth up to $2 million. Knight officials said they'll be looking for ideas that, for example, make use of large public datasets, help inform healthcare consumers, leverage personal behavioral data or inform local health policy. mHealth tools and concepts should play a role in many of the proposals. Each of the participating organizations, who will help with outreach and review the entries, weighed in on the importance of the challenge in the press release.

GoodCompany Group Is This The Next Big Name In Crowdfunding? Hardware projects aren't just capital intensive--they take manufacturing experience. Unfortunately for most Kickstarter or Indiegogo projects, crowdfunding campaigns generate plenty of cash, but little in the way of expertise. That’s where Dragon Innovation comes in: a kind of Quirky without the manufacturing. But oddly, its founders don't see Dragon Innovation as a Kickstarter competitor. A Crowdfunding Platform? A year ago, Hammerhead signed up with Dragon Innovation to be a guinea pig as one of the company’s first crowdfunded endeavors. Dragon Innovation was a great fit for the slick cycling device, but there was still concern about using a far smaller and newer crowdfunding platform than Kickstarter or Indiegogo. By sheer numbers, Kickstarter or Indiegogo would be the smarter choice. Morgan started talking to Dragon Innovation’s VP of Engineering Bill Drislane, a cyclist himself. “When I first got in touch, I was just a guy with an idea,” Morgan says.

SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL | Aider plus loin Stars in Global Health | Grand Challenges Canada Grand Challenges Canada, which is funded by the Government of Canada, has developed the Stars in Global Health program to support Bold Ideas with Big Impact from the best and brightest talent, both in low- and middle-income countries and in Canada, to use scientific/technical, social and business innovation to address some of the most pressing global health challenges. This Request for Proposals is now closed. Round 7 Applicants will be notified in July 2014 regarding the application decision. Note to applicants from Peru / Nota para los solicitantes del Perú: Clique aquí para más información sobre ayuda adicional para innovadores basados en el Perú. Deadline: Monday, March 10, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. ET In the Round 7 Request for Proposals, Grand Challenges Canada seeks bold ideas aligned with innovative social entrepreneurial approaches that could be easily implemented in developing countries to save and improve lives. Please submit queries to · The world’s platform for change LittleSis - Profiling the powers that be