Thursday, March 26, 2009

Announcements

1. CHANGE THE WEB CHALLENGE

Via social actions

Calling all web developers! Create a web application by April 3, 2009 that draws on Social Actions' open database of 60,000 + actions for a chance to win cash prizes.

Social Actions currently aggregates opportunities to make a difference from over 50 online platforms such as VolunteerMatch, Kiva.org, DonorsChoose.org, Idealist.org, and Change.org. We're looking for applications that will share these opportunities to take action on the websites, blogs, and social networks that people visit every day.
More details here.


2. ASHOKA LAUNCHES COLLABORATIVE COMPETITION FOR RURAL INNOVATION

Via ThinkChange India
In collaboration with the Gates Foundation, Changemakers recently launched a competition on Solutions for Rural Communities. The framework provided for this competition is,
Three-quarters of the world’s poorest people—the 1 billion who live on $1 a day or less—rely on agriculture to feed themselves and their families, yet many cannot grow enough to sell or even eat. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its partners are providing small farmers with tools and opportunities to boost their productivity, increase their incomes, and build better lives for themselves and their families.
Innovative solutions that span the entire agricultural value chain – from seeds to sales – are necessary to accomplish these goals. We encourage you to take part in Ashoka Changemaker’s “Cultivating Innovation: Solutions for Rural Communities” competition to help bring about innovative, creative solutions for small farmers in the developing world.
Entries are welcome up to May 13th and voting will begin on June 24th.


3. TED INDIA

The conference will be held between November 4-7, 2009 at Mysore.

From the website:
At a time of enormous economic uncertainty, one thing remains clear. There's been an unmistakable shift of influence to the east. It's not just about low-cost jobs, or IT outsourcing. Increasingly India, China and the rest of Asia are making their presence felt globally in new technologies, design brilliance and countless instances of cultural and economic innovation. And so, our conference theme: "The Future Beckons."
More details here.


4. SHARE YOUR INDIAN TRAVEL EXPERIENCES, FEATURE IN A BOOK

Via Live Journal
If you have travelled in India, you are sure to have some unique anecdotes, experiences and photographs to share with others. It is not possible to travel in this country and come back without any indelible impressions.

Would you like these to feature in a book? Kunzum, a publisher of travel books, in association with Live Journal invites you to submit your contributions for consideration in an anthology of travel bits on India. Not only can you be proud to be a part of an exciting project, but also have a shot at a portfolio to flaunt.
More details here.


5. TO GET A FREE BOOK, BLOG ABOUT IT

@abhaga, one of our Twitter friends led us to this one.

Via Blog a Penguin India Classic
To celebrate the Penguin Classics, we are launching 'Blog a Penguin India Classic'. We're encouraging readers and book clubs throughout India to celebrate the entire range of Indian Classics by blogging about them, and what's more, we will provide the books!

Each of the 74 Penguin India Classics is up for grabs. We want to hear what you, the reader, thinks of these books, and so we have set up 'Blog a Penguin India Classic'; a platform that will allow you to post your reviews on the Penguin India Classic that we send you. Here's how it works...

6. AROUND THE WORLD IN 100 BOOKSHELVES

Here is another addition to the "Around the World in 100 Bookshelves" Project. Have you sent in your entries yet?


7. BOOK ON CAREERS IN A NON-PROFIT OGRANIZATION

Via NGO Post


A book on Careers in Non-Profit Organization. You can download it for free from the idealist website: http://www.idealist.org/en/career/guide/firsttime/fullbook.html
Its a great book for first time job seekers listing the various options open. This book is a free resource for emerging professionals pursuing their first position in the nonprofit sector.

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