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This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: Do you have what it takes to become a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow?

The NYU R.E.A.L. Workshop Series continues in collaboration with NYU Reynolds. Next week, they are hosting an evening focused on emotional branding with Alan Hilburg, a leading authority and innovator in reimagining brands, with special guest Shaheen Sheik-Sadhal.

FastFWD is Accelerating Urban Innovation through entrepreneurship and collaboration. They are providing access to core problems, and then prioritizing and presenting them as the main target of entrepreneurial opportunity. Apply to become a FastFWD entrepreneur and receive non-equity fellowships, qualification for funded pilots, and training to attract venture capital.

The 2014 Hult Prize is now in its fifth year, allowing university students worldwide to team up to create start-ups for social good. They are now accepting applications, but only 300 start-ups will be invited to move on and pitch their ideas at one of six global locations. Up for grabs is $1 million in start-up funding. The final application deadline is December 17th.

The 2014 Bellagio/PopTech Fellows program is focused on reinventing and democratizing livelihoods. Fellows will explore changing global economies, the potential benefits and challenges of moving from big manufacturing to a distributed model, and how to ensure citizens are prepared to participate in these ever-changing contexts. 

Applications opened this week for the 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship. This exclusive annual fellowship is world renowned for a reason—this year it offers more than $3.8 million in seed-stage funding and support to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change. In their first year alone, fellows receive up to $90,000 and participate in leadership development programs and gain access to a superstar network of previous Fellows.  

Shawn D. Ross

I am a Northwest Native living in Washington State. A graduate of Washington State University and University of Phoenix with degrees in Architecture and Education I write about social, cultural, and personal improvement on the StartSomeGood Blog and SDRinspire. I am also a filmmaker and owner of Giraffe and Penguin Productions, a single daddy of two beautiful children, avid reader, writer, and hat wearer (Not in that picture but believe me, I wear ‘em). I am currently at work on my first feature length documentary. Follow me @shawndross and visit my websites: sdrinspire.tumblr.com and giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com.

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This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: Join NYC changemakers and reflect on a year of doing good at the New York Social Good Holiday Party

  • Echoing Green, the world’s leading angel investor in start-up social entrepreneurs, has officially announced its partnership with the ZOOM Foundation to provide seed capital to some of the most promising next-generation leaders working on innovations focused on climate change. They will begin accepting applications for their first class of Climate Fellows in conjunction with the opening of the 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship application process on December 3rd, 2013. 
  • Join Be Social Change on December 4th for the New York Social Good Holiday PartyAs the new year approaches, come together to reflect on and celebrate the collective impact created by the New York Social Good community in 2013. And, of course, connect with some of the amazing individuals and organizations that drove innovation and created change in NYC this year. All that, and you’ll be the first to know about some of the exciting new initiatives planned for Be Social Change in the coming year!
  • Social Entrepreneurs Transforming Africa (SETAfrica) is looking for young social entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 29 located in Africa to join the SETAfrica Fellowship ProgramSelected fellows will receive special training and seed funding to help grow their enterprises and achieve their social impact goals. Eligible applicants eager to participate are encouraged to send their applications by December 13th.

Shawn D. Ross

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I am a Northwest Native living in Washington State. A graduate of Washington State University and University of Phoenix with degrees in Architecture and Education I write about social, cultural, and personal improvement on the StartSomeGood Blog and SDRinspire. I am also a filmmaker and owner of Giraffe and Penguin Productions, a single daddy of two beautiful children, avid reader, writer, and hat wearer (Not in that picture but believe me, I wear ‘em). I am currently at work on my first feature length documentary. Follow me @shawndross and visit my websites: sdrinspire.tumblr.com and  giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com.

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What good do you want to create? Visit our site to learn about how to start your own campaign.

Do you have a social entrepreneurship news story or an event you’d like to see on the StartSomeGood Blog? Email Nicole (Nicole @ StartSomeGood.com)

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: Ashoka’s social change summer reads and Echoing Green announces the 2013 fellows

  • The vacation is planned, the dates circled in red, and you are determined to have some “me” time this summer. Whether you are go away or staying close to home, summer is a great time to get in some relaxation and quality reading. You can do both by choosing a few titles from Ashoka’s list of 30 Social Entrepreneurship Reads for Aspiring Changmakers. Written by innovators, Ashoka fellows, social entrepreneurs, and leading experts, these titles will inspire and fire up your ideas.
  • Echoing Green has announced their 2013 class offellows.Continuing the 25-year legacy for pioneering social change, this class of 28 organizations was selected from a pool of 2,872 applicants. Among this class of ultra impressive social entrepreneurs are two ventures that used StartSomeGood to successfully crowdfund their projects! Of course, we’re so excited for Wecyclers and Anjna Patient Education, but also join us in congratulating the entire the 2013 Class of Echoing Green Fellows!
  • Starting an impact-driven for-profit business is unique, with mission-focused difficulties that need to be navigated properly. Impact Engine has designed a 16-week program with this in mind. They will teach you the best practices all types of social entrepreneurs should know to launch and grow a successful business. Apply by June 30th and start making an impact.
  • Do you lead a venture designed to deliver social and/or environmental impact at the Base of the Pyramid in India? Do you need early stage capital to begin further developing it? If you’re reading this and screaming “YES!” you may be eligible to apply for the Artha Venture Challenge, where the winner is awarded $50k in match funding and investment readiness support to add value to their venture. The deadline to apply is June 17th.
  • Doing Well & Doing Good: Opportunities in Social Innovation is a class for folks wanting to find work with meaning but still be able to pay off those pesky student loans. This class will offer an overview of some of the leading players and activities working in the social innovation space and help you understand where to look for job opportunities.

 

 

Shawn D. Ross

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I am a Northwest Native living in Washington State. A graduate of Washington State University and University of Phoenix with degrees in Architecture and Education I write about social, cultural, and personal improvement on the StartSomeGood Blog and SDRinspire. I am also a filmmaker and owner of Giraffe and Penguin Productions, a single daddy of two beautiful children, avid reader, writer, and hat wearer (Not in that picture but believe me, I wear ‘em). I am currently at work on my first feature length documentary. Follow me @shawndross and visit my websites: sdrinspire.tumblr.com and giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com

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What good do you want to create? Visit our site to learn about how to start your own campaign.

Do you have a social entrepreneurship news story or an event you’d like to see on the StartSomeGood Blog? Email Nicole (Nicole @ StartSomeGood.com)

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship

  • Storytelling is such an essential skill for professionals who need to connect with their audience. It comes so naturally to some, but for many of us it is a learned skill that takes time and dedication to get right. This is why Acumen and Ariel Group have come together to bring you Storytelling for Change, a completely free 4-week course that will help you better connect with other to inspire change. The course begins on May 11th, but you must register in advance, by May 5th, as part of a lab group that you will work with throughout your 4 weeks of learning and personal growth.
  • I have a great idea, but how do I get started? Should I use a for or non-profit model? How do I measure success in terms of social impact? Are these questions you ask yourself as a changemaker? Are you looking for practical advice for every stage of your entrepreneurial journey? UnLtd is offering a free Comprehensive Guide to Developing your Social Enterprise, a toolkit that offers guidance from initial idea to growth and replication. Download it here and get the support you need to start welcoming the challenges and opportunities of social entrepreneurship in a structured way. 
  • It’s time to get your kickball on! Playworks DC’s 3rd Annual Corporate Kickball Tournament will take place on Friday, June 14th. This team-building fundraiser will get your team out of the office and onto the field for an afternoon of networking and fun. Not only that, you’ll be supporting healthy play for more than 3,500 children in 13 different low-income schools in DC.  Space is limited, so register your team of 9-15 people ASAP to reserve your spot!
  • Impact Engine is a 16-week business accelerator that supports for-profit businesses making the world a better place. They’re launching their second cohort this year and invite you to celebrate during their Application Kick-Off Party on May 15th in Chicago. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a keynote on “Being Unreasonable” by Paul Hardej of FarmedHere, and a Q&A with Impact Engine graduates—this party can’t be missed!
  • Join us in congratulating the fifty-three finalists for the 2013 Echoing Green Fellowship! These finalists will travel from around the globe to meet with judges, staff, and each other for another round of rigorous interviews. The year’s applicant pool started with nearly 3,000 and will ultimately be whittled down to about 20 fellows. We wish all the finalists good luck, but a very special “go get ‘em” to StartSomeGood crowdfunding veterans Anjna Patient Education and WeCyclers. You’re making us so proud!

 

Shawn D. Ross

I am a Northwest Native living in Washington State. A graduate of Washington State University and University of Phoenix with degrees in Architecture and Education I write about social, cultural, and personal improvement on the StartSomeGood Blog and SDRinspire. I am also a filmmaker and owner of Giraffe and Penguin Productions, a single daddy of two beautiful children, avid reader, writer, and hat wearer (Not in that picture but believe me, I wear ‘em). I am currently at work on my first feature length documentary. Follow me @shawndross and visit my websites: sdrinspire.tumblr.com and giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com.

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Do you have a social entrepreneurship news story or an event you’d like to see on the StartSomeGood Blog? Email Nicole (Nicole @ StartSomeGood.com) or find her on Twitter @nricchio to connect with us.

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship

  • Join some of today’s foremost though leaders in social innovation, Cheryl Dorsey of Echoing Green, Jeremy Heimens, founder of Purpose, and Sasha Dichter of Acumen Fund in NYC on Wednesday evening, March 13th for a night of discussion and celebration. The winners of the New Challenge 2013 social innovation competition will be announced and over $30,000 in funding will be distributed to select teams. The panel will discuss how thought leaders are shaping new contexts for social innovation. This event is free so, what are you waiting for? Register today
  • Have you been looking for an introduction to the LA Social Entrepreneur Community? Well, you’re in luck! This free class introduces newcomers to the robust social entrepreneur startup scene in LA. You will learn what a social enterprise is, the key events/meetups you should be attending, companies to watch, venture capitalists to know, and what blogs to read (this one, of course, is a great start). Join a great group of future social entrepreneurs for an evening of introductions and free drinks on Saturday, March 23rd at General Assembly LA in Santa Monica, CA.
  • Coast Capital Savings innovation hub presents the Propelling Social Ventures Conference 2013 at Vancouver Convention Center in Vancouver on March 14-15. This conference will bring together social entrepreneurs, leaders in the business community, and social innovators to explore ways to contribute to more social venture activity. Two days of thought provoking discussion will help you learn, network, garner inspiration, and gather resources to help you grow and scale your impact with your social venture.
  • The Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program searches for ways to improve the lives of low-income individuals across the country. It invests in young leaders, America’s newest generation of entrepreneurs, who want to succeed and take their communities along with them. In addition to a $40,000 grant, they provide the ingredients to succeed including leadership development, mentoring, tech assistance, and networking access. If you have a business that is between one and five years old and started it before you were 30 years old, you may be eligible for this grant. Apply now and help your business jump to the next level and reach its fullest potential. 
  • Take creative risks and expand your arts practice for mass audiences at Dark MOFO and MONA FOMA, Darwin Festival, HARVEST MUSIC AND ARTS, FRINGE WORLD, WOMADelaide and Vryfees through SITUATE Art in Festivals presented by Salamanca Arts Centre. Applications open 25 March for 2 weeks only - sign up here to be the first to know!

 

Shawn D. Ross

I am a Northwest Native living in Washington State. A graduate of Washington State University and University of Phoenix with degrees in Architecture and Education I write about social, cultural, and personal improvement on the StartSomeGood Blog and SDRinspire. I am also a filmmaker and owner of Giraffe and Penguin Productions, a single daddy of two beautiful children, avid reader, writer, and hat wearer (Not in that picture but believe me, I wear ‘em). I am currently at work on my first feature length documentary. Follow me @shawndross and visit my websites: sdrinspire.tumblr.com and giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com.

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Do you have a social entrepreneurship news story or an event you’d like to see on the StartSomeGood Blog? Email the details to Nicole and she’ll be happy to take a look at it.

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship

  • Echoing Green is unleashing next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. This week, Echoing Green has announced the semi-finalists for its ultra-selective 2013 Echoing Green Fellowship. Among this elite group chosen from nearly 3,000 submissions are four ventures that successfully funded projects on StartSomeGood: Anjna Patient Education, Spark* International, Physicians for Haiti, and WeCyclers. We’re so excited to see some amazing StartSomeGood ventures on this selective list of achievers. Many, many congratulations and good luck to everyone!
  • Do you want to begin a crowdfunding campaign but don’t have any experience? The reality is over half of all crowdfunding campaigns fall short of their goal. A lot of work and preparation go into running a successful campaign. Crowdfunding Masterclass: Brisbane, hosted by StartSomeGood and the Centre for Social Change,is being offered to ensure you’re part of the half that succeeds! Facilitated by our own Tom Dawkins, this workshop will work through the key steps in developing a campaign. Come out on Sunday, March 3rd from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm with a developed idea that you are ready to share with your workshop group. Space is limited so be sure to book your spot now!
  • Do you have a great problem-solving idea, but don’t know how to raise the necessary funds to get started? On February 25th from 7pm to 9pm at Rutgers University, in Piscataway, NJ, Starting and Funding Your Social Venture: A Panel Discussion will feature Professor Jeffrey Robinson and three distinguished guest speakers. Professor Robinson teaches social entrepreneurship at Rutgers Business School and will head the panel discussion around starting and funding social entrepreneurial ventures. Learn from experts on crowdfunding and how to use it to raise money for your social venture. Bonus: come meet our Blog Coordinator, Nicole—she’ll be at the event too!
  • Do you find yourself thinking, “If only I knew how to realize the potential of this ubiquitous tool to address social challenges,” when you look at your phone and tablet? The world is becoming more mobile and TechChange: Mobiles for International Development can help. Starting on March 4th, this four-week online professional development certificate course will explore successful applications of mobile phones. For a small fee, you will participate in a course that gives you a dynamic and practical learning environment with real-world examples and case studies. Engage with issues of equity, privacy, education, access, and more. Apply by February 25th and receive a $50 discount. 

 

 

Shawn D. Ross

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I am a Northwest Native living in Washington State. A graduate of Washington State University and University of Phoenix with degrees in Architecture and Education I write about social, cultural, and personal improvement on the StartSomeGood Blog and SDRinspire. I am also a filmmaker and owner of Giraffe and Penguin Productions, a single daddy of two beautiful children, avid reader, writer, and hat wearer (Not in that picture but believe me, I wear ‘em). I am currently at work on my first feature length documentary. Follow me @shawndross and visit my websites: sdrinspire.tumblr.com and giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com.

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Do you have a social entrepreneurship news story or an event you’d like to see on the StartSomeGood Blog? Email the details to Nicole and she’ll be happy to take a look at it.

 

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship

  • Build your knowledge and experience with social ventures and maximize your social impact when you enroll in University of Florida’s experiential remote course “Venture Planning for Social Entrepreneurs”. UF has partnered with Ashoka’s Youth Venture to offer this fantastic opportunity for students to earn credits and address a social, environmental or economic problem that is close to their heart. 
  • Join the conversation on SocialChange.is and share your ideas, your stories, and lessons you have learned on your journey for social change. This site will give you the opportunity to discuss and learn about the other’s social initiatives on an innovative and new social platform.
  • Ashoka Changemakers is offering full scholarships for 3 innovators for “Technology, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship”, an online course offered through TechChange and the Amani Institute. Applications are open through September 17th.
  • Mashable has announced its Social Good Summit, which will be held September 22nd-24th in NYC. Mashable, one of this generation’s leaders in social media and technology is excited to facilitate discussions about how social connectivity is going to change the world as well as women’s economic empowerment, citizen involvement in media, global health, and other topics in social good. Purchase tickets for the event today! Can’t make the commute? Then Take Action and create your own Mashable Meetup.
  • Echoing Green has compiled a preview of Jonathan Lewis’ video series “iOnPoverty”. Check out the blog for candid, honest, and helpful advice for aspiring changemakers on topics including sacrifices, purpose, happiness, generational differences, failure, and humility.
  • Al Bruno, cofounder of the Global Social Incubator shares “10 Life-Or-Death Lessons for Social Entrepreneurs”. As a guest writer for Forbes, Bruno shares his knowledge of business and social entrepreneurship for a bunch of great tips for anyone looking to develop a successful business plan. 


Rachael Casagrande

I am currently working towards a BS in Information Design and Corporate Communication at Bentley University. Before college, I hadn’t any idea where I wanted life to take me so I decided to just let the wind blow me around a bit. The following summer, I shipped myself off to Romania through Learning Enterprises where I volunteered running English camps. The children I met there made me realize how much just one hello, one meal, or one hug can really grow change in someone’s life. After coming back to the US I’ve been keeping myself busy working odd jobs, studying and taking every opportunity I can to mesh my business degree with my love for positive change.


This Week in Social Entrepreneurship

  • Adventures in New Giving is in New York City right now from July 12th through the 17th connecting with local supporters. Nathaniel was able to make this tour possible through his campaign on StartSomeGood, which raised $10,191 from 150 backers. On July 14th, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM EST Nathaniel plans to hold the Local New Giving Summit. Interested in volunteering for or attending the summit? Check out Nathaniel’s website or contact the facilitators.
  • GOODmaker and Echoing Green want to know, “How would you spend $1,000 to build deeper relationships with the community you most want to serve?” Submit your idea and enter the Connect with Your Community Challenge presented by Echoing Green.
  • If you are a young and passionate social entrepreneur who needs some help putting your project into action then Vibewire has the resources you need. Three young changemakers working on community-based projects in Sydney will receive a mentor, access to skill workshops, and a workspace to help them organize their project. Make sure to apply before July 31st.
  • Spark: Her is recruiting young diverse professionals for a fellowship program that will encourage participants to work together to implement a global campaign promoting women social entrepreneurs. This is a can’t miss opportunity for women social innovators so make sure to apply before the July 15th deadline.
  • Londoners, the Hub Breakfast Talk: Crowdfunding for Good on July 17th at 9 AM in London. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Alex, our co-founder, discuss what he’s learned about what it takes to succeed. You can pre-order your ticket now on the Eventbrite page!
  • Hey, what’s the big idea? Let NPR know by entering your big idea into its video contest by August 12th. All it takes is a good idea, here’s your chance to change the world. 


Rachael Casagrande

I am currently working towards a BS in Information Design and Corporate Communication at Bentley University. Before college, I hadn’t any idea where I wanted life to take me so I decided to just let the wind blow me around a bit. The following summer, I shipped myself off to Romania through Learning Enterprises where I volunteered running English camps. The children I met there made me realize how much just one hello, one meal, or one hug can really grow change in someone’s life. After coming back to the US I’ve been keeping myself busy working odd jobs, studying and taking every opportunity I can to mesh my business degree with my love for positive change.

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship

  • Join Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green, for a Net Impact NYC event where she will speak about Echoing Green, her career path, and the up and coming trends in social entrepreneurship. Come meet Cheryl and others from Echoing Green for a night of inspiration, collaboration, and social change.
  • Loyola University is hosting a webinar, Make Your Mark: Change the World with Social Entrepreneurship, on Tuesday April 17th at 1:00 PM CST. Karabi Acharya, global director of Ashoka Impact, will be moderating a discussion with Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run, and Chris Balme, Executive Director of Spark. They will discuss how both of their organizations have helped transform the lives of youth in low income communities and how families can come together and introduce innovative solutions to the world’s biggest social issues.
  • RSVP for FREE for this once in a lifetime opportunity to see Muhammad Yunus speak at Harvard Business School. Social Business with Muhammad Yunus: New Models for Providing Sustainable Services to the Poor—on April 19th, join Muhammad Yunus, one of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, discuss his recent efforts to build social business and healthcare efforts in his native country, Bangladesh. 
  • Being a compelling storyteller is such an amazing and crucial asset for social entrepreneurs. 3 Reasons to Master the Art of Storytelling by Riley Gibson at Inc. is a must-read this week for entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs alike. Why are stories so important? They are memorable, they travel further, and they inspire action.
  • Two successful StartSomeGood ventures have some exciting updates. Learn to Live, which provides affordable healthcare to the people of North Sulawesi, Indonesia and raised $6,925 during its campaign on StartSomeGood, just launched a new website—check it out! Also, The 2012 Echoing Green Fellowship Finalists were just announced and One Degree made the cut! One Degree connects low income students and their families to critical life resources. Rey and his team raised $4,684 during his campaign which will help launch One Degree. Very many congratulations to Yanti from Learn to Live and Rey from One Degree and good luck in your quests to change the world! 

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship

  • The Hitachi Foundation’s Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program provides financial and business support for up to five social entrepreneurs whose businesses improve the lives of low-income individuals. The entrepreneurs selected receive $40,000 over two years in addition to leadership development, business mentoring, technical assistance, and access to a great network of peers and advisors, including partner organizations such as B Lab, Investors’ Circle, and Social Venture Network. If you started your business before the age of 30, it is 1-5 years old, and it helps low-income communities in the United States, then it’s eligible for the Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program! The process is simple—apply now or anytime before the March 30th deadline.
  • Activating Empathy—Transforming Schools to Teach What Matters—if you are a teacher, parent, principal, student, or innovator with an idea that will help advance empathy in education, Ashoka’s Changemakers are looking for you. “The best entries describe a systemic or disruptive innovation with the potential to ensure that children master empathy, enabling them to be effective citizens, leaders, and trailblazers.” Does this sound like you? Are you interested in earning cash prizes from Ashoka’s Changemakers, Mattel, 1440 Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, DonorsCoose.org, and more? Submit your idea online before 5:00 pm EST on March 30th to be considered for the competition.
  • Grant applications just opened for the annual Eileen Fisher Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs. This grant program seeks out wholly women-owned businesses that combine innovation with social consciousness and sustainability. Up to 5 grants of $12,500 will be awarded to the top entries from established businesses (in business at least 3 years) and start-ups (less than 3 years old, just a business plan is needed). Applications just opened earlier this month, so there’s still a month left to apply—the deadline is April 25th at noon EST.
  • Photographers and photography enthusiasts alike, here is a fun contest being hosted by Echoing Green—Show the World What Moves You. Win a Camera. Simply snap a shot of something or someone that moves you. Then, post that photo along with a few sentences about what it means to you. Share with everyone you know and make sure they give it a “thumbs up”. On April 2nd, Echoing Green will pick a winner among the top five ranked photos and the winner will receive a Gold Edition Minox DCC 5.1 digital camera. So, what moves you?
  • There’s a great discussion up on Social Edge right now with some useful insights for anyone just starting off their social mission driven initiative. Mistakes of a Social Entrepreneur—Jeremy Hockenstein, CEO and co-founder of Digital Divide Data, discusses his experiences just starting off and the mistakes he made along the way in an attempt to help newer social entrepreneurs not repeat these same mistakes. New social entrepreneurs, this is a must read. More experienced social entrepreneurs, join the discussion and share your thoughts and experiences—we can all benefit from what you have learned.