Friday, April 24, 2009

Announcements

1. DoGooder TV: VOTING OPEN FOR THE NONPROFIT VIDEO AWARDS
The voting period to select the winners of the DogooderTV 2009 Non Profit Video Awards ends this Saturday, April 25, so now is the perfect time to head over to their site, view the different videos uploaded by organizations to promote a cause.

On the DoGooder Site, they explain a bit about this year's theme:

The DoGooderTV Nonprofit Video Awards highlight organizations that are using video to inspire and ignite social change. This year's theme, “Everyone's Doing It”, is meant to include submissions of all shapes and sizes, from organizational vlogs, to staff-produced web clips, to high-end, professionally produced videos. If your organization made a video—any video—in 2008, we want to see it!

Read the entire article here.


2. IS ONE OF YOUR STUDENTS THE NEXT MARK TWAIN?

Via HarperAcademic

To celebrate the publication of Who Is Mark Twain?--a collection of previously unpublished pieces from Twain--HarperStudio and Borders are sponsoring a writing contest.

One of the pieces in the book was left unfinished by the great American writer, so HarperStudio wants to see who has what it takes to finish the story.

The contest ends on May 31st. For more details, visit I Am the Next Mark Twain!


3. THE GEOTOURISM CHALLENGE: POWER OF PLACE

Via responsenet (via NGO Post)
Competition focus: In partnership with National Geographic Society, Ashoka's Changemakers is looking for examples of sustainable management of tourism, or geotourism, as it is widely known. NatGeo defines geotourism as ''tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place--its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.'' We're looking at people and organizations -- including the government, and corporations -- that are are initiating responsible innovations that use tourism to help sustain, enhance, or preserve local culture, build heritage, and natural habitats. For more details on the competition, please visit: http://www.changemakers.net/geotourismchallenge
Entry Deadline: May 20, 2009.


4. CULTIVATING INNOVATION: SOLUTIONS FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES

Via responsenet (via NGO Post)
Competition focus: In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ashoka's Changemakers is looking for innovative solutions that span the entire agricultural value chain – from seeds to sales. 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. If you've come up with strategies, tools and opportunites for small farmers to boost their productivity, increase their incomes, and build better lives for themselves and their families, enter now! For more details on the competition, please visit http://www.changemakers.com/en-us/agriculture
Entry Deadline: May 13, 2009.

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