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TOM Societal Innovation Platform

TOM seeks to drive a local and global movement of innovators in design and technology to create extremely affordable solution to acute and neglected societal problems faced primarily by struggling communities and households. 3 TOM gatherings happened last year. 14 locations expressed interest.

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One-Kindle-Hundred-Book Library for Schools in Poor Communities

Donate US$170 in China or about US$300 worldwide, you can help a primary school in poor communities to get one Kindle plus 100 paid e-books. A school needs such 10 sets to build a real offline E-Library, which could bring poor kids to new age. Names of donors will appear on the screensaver of the Kindle. Teacher of the school could use Internet to update and change the ebooks based on a selection maintained by top educators ...more »

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Orange Oasis in an Urban Food Desert

Almost 23.5 million Americans live in a food desert. Healthier foods in urban corner stores can alleviate food insecurity, but store owners can’t always stock fresh produce at low prices. BrightSide teams Minneapolis youth with university students to sell produce at a low cost to these stores.

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Asili: Codesigning the Future of the DRC

Asili is a sustainable community-owned startup designed and created through a partnership between the American Refugee Committee and IDEO.org in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was developed based on the needs and desires of the community and offers a three-pronged approach to better health: a clinic, clean water, and an agricultural center.

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CityPathways (cPaths): Helping Youth See Paths to Possible Futures

CityPathways (cPaths) coaches under-resourced youth to “see paths” toward possible futures, igniting learning beyond school. Immersive hands-on experiences in community organizations and cultural institutions synthesize their growing competencies, using micro-credentials to validate progress.

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Photosynthesis of ‘The Rose that Grew From Concrete:’ Exposing Youth To Opportunities

Photosynthesis (noun) pho·to·syn·the·sis: the process by which plants convert light energy into chemical energy that can be later released to fuel the organisms' activities. Photosynthesis of the Rose That Grew From Concrete seeks to expose and equip underserved youth with tools vital for success.

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Run For America: electing the best and brightest to U.S. Congress

What if we could fix politics in the US? What if our political system truly tackled our nation’s toughest problems? What if the best and the brightest viewed running for elected office as a desirable form of public service? Run for America (RFA) is a citizen-powered movement to reimagine politics and reinvigorate government by recruiting, training, and working to elect a new generation of solutions-oriented leaders ...more »

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WeWho: Enabling awareness to build tolerance

WeWho is a peer-to-peer mobile video chat platform designed to foster productive and purposeful discourse on topics of mutual passion. By engaging real people face-to-face, WeWho quashes internet incivility in favor of meaningful dialogue, guiding users to greater awareness and promoting tolerance.

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On The Same Page UNITED: Poetry creates connection between inmates & community

The mass incarceration of 2.3 million Americans has created an underclass of people who feel alienated, isolated, and ill equipped to successfully reintegrate into society. On the Same Page UNITED implements nationally a successful Washington, DC program that uses poetry to forge understanding and connection across the bars.

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My 52 Weeks of Worship Online: A Curriculum Inspiring Interfaith Communication

A media-rich, interactive, online curriculum focused on interfaith understanding, which will prepare people to participate in much-needed, courageous conversations about cultural and interfaith diversity by enabling them to learn about people from various worship communities around the world.

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Youth Peace Action Lab

Online bullying, gang and terrorist recruitment are at all time highs. The Youth Peace Action Lab empowers 15-26 year olds to implement their own solutions to oppose this intolerance. In partnership with leading Boston-based universities, we will prove youth-launched projects can change the way the world counters online extremism.

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A new “Craigslist” for Sustainable Connected Communities

Untapped knowledge and skills are going wasted each day, while communities struggle to get back on their feet economically. Using technology, crowdsourcing, an open source platform, and returning “to the basics”, communities can be empowered through education, resources, and collaborative efforts.

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