Building Networks for Good

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Earlier this month, I had the privilege of presenting a workshop on Building Networks for Good at the CAPS2015 Conference in Brussels, Belgium. The slide on the screen features the work of Sextant.Works, an Awesome Foundation grantee.

What happens when people come together to take collective action without needing traditional organisational and institutional structures? What tools and strategies do we need for these “Networks for Good” to thrive? In this workshop, designer, storyteller, and community-builder Lee-Sean Huang (Purpose) will explore these questions by drawing from his own experiences building international networks like UX for Good, The Awesome Foundation, and Wisdom Hackers.

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Investing in Awesome

We’re rogues giving to rogues. It’s misfit money for the weird and wonderful.

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The Awesome Foundation NYC, of which I am a trustee, was recently featured in the New York Times.

The foundation’s 10 New York trustees pool $100 each month and give the $1,000 pot — no strings attached — to the New Yorker who best answers their three questions: Who are you? What’s your awesome idea? How will you use this money?

Learn more and apply for an Awesome Foundation NYC grant here.

If you’re interested in starting a chapter of the Awesome Foundation in your own city, which involves assembling a group of at least ten “trustees” willing to each contribute $100 (or the local equivalent) every month toward the grant, please get in touch at join@awesomefoundation.org.

Our Cities Network Seeks Founders

Hi! I am part of a movement in Brazil, the Our Cities Network, which is expanding around the world. They are looking for passionate people to start organizations aimed at using citizen participation to transforming cities into better places to live. I think you might be interested!

Check out the TED Talk by the founder, Alessandra Orofino, and the application to found a network here: http://www.nossascidades.org/en/founders.

The selected candidates will spend six weeks in residency at the Our Cities headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, and the Our Cities team will incubate each new network for up to one year. I thought of you when I saw this opportunity, please give it a look and share with anyone else you know that might be interested! Thanks so much

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