Looking for the perfect gift for your fellow changemaker buddy? Want to stay warm and cozy while inspiring and helping others? Yearning for expert advice? Christmas in July? With a few days left, it’s not to late to pick up some great changemaker-themed gear, inspiring books or first-release tickets to our online event from our very own Changmaker’s Pop Up Shop.
FOR THE BODY
Designed by the team here at StartSomeGood, we have a awesome line up of changemaker gear: from a cool range of t-shirts and hoodies to onesies for your little changemakers, that are all ethically sourced and manufactured.
FOR THE MIND
Looking for social good books? We’ve also teamed up with some great minds to be able to present a series of our favourite books, both in print and digitally, on social change and social enterprise.
Can’t pick which book to get? Grab the collection + a changemakers poster!
FOR MAKING CHANGE
Are you more hands on and urging for expert advice? Changemakers we have you covered! We’re giving our community the opportunity to access the presale for an exciting event that is happening in October this year. The #StartingGood Digital Summit will be a day-long online conference featuring leading thinkers who are using or studying how digital technology creates change, featuring some big names in the business.
All funds raised will be reinvested into our platform to better serve the social enterprises, non-profits and community groups who use our site.
Attention Australian projects! - $10,000 is on offer to support your participation in the Changemakers Festival.
Got a great event idea but don’t have the cash? The Changemakers Festival is Australia’s national celebration of social change. As an “open source” festival it is made up of hundreds of events hosted by local organisations and individuals all around Australia.
StartSomeGood is proud to be the official crowdfunding partner of the Festival and host of the Changemakers Festival Crowdfunding Challenge. The program helps you to crowdfund the support you need to put on an event during the Changemakers Festival (October 17-26).
Run your crowdfunding campaign with us during July and be in the running for a share of $10,000 thanks to ING DIRECT.
Crowdfunding is a fantastic tool for pre-selling tickets and generating support for your event, so don’t miss this opportunity to receive an up to an extra $3,500 to make your event a great success!
Here’s how it works:
- Register your initiative on StartSomeGood
- Choose Changemakers Festival 2014 from the drop-down list of partners
- Put together your campaign (with the help of the StartSomeGood team)
- Run your campaign and wrap it up before July 31
- The most successful campaigns (most supporters, most innovative and most creative) will receive up to $3500 in bonus funds courtesy of ING DIRECT.
Want to get crowdfunding campaign ready?
We have a webinar coming up for anyone interested in participating on Thursday June 26 at 1pm AEST. RSVP now!
You can also sign up for our Crowdfunding 101 email course from the StartSomeGood homepage.
Any questions? Email email@example.com.
We have some great opportunities for volunteer writers or content creators of any experience level to contribute to our blog and build up their social change focused writing portfolios.
You are an ultra-talented and captivating volunteer writer or content creator with a penchant for supporting innovative, world-changing ideas. You’re a student with some free time, you have a knack for blogging, and you’d love to contribute to a good cause. You’re an up-and-coming writer who wants to showcase your talents on a platform with a large and enthusiastic base of over 35,000 followers.
You’re already reading this blog post, so we assume you are passionate about making a difference in the world and are familiar with and support StartSomeGood’s mission. This is your chance to get involved with our growing team of creative and passionate volunteers here on the StartSomeGood Blog.
There are several opportunities to write about featured campaigns, showcase new ventures on StartSomeGood, report on the latest social entrepreneurship news and events, and more! Selection will be a competitive process so if you’re interested in any of these opportunities, please email Natasha at firstname.lastname@example.org with a short note on why you want to join our team of volunteer bloggers along with links to some of your best blog posts.
When One Night Stand founder Jamie Green stood inside a perspex box for 24 hrs to promote his campaign, Brendan - Director of Venture Support went along to cheer him on…..
As you can tell, we work VERY closely with our campaigns
Find out more about Brendan and the Venture Support Team:
At StartSomeGood, we’re committed to giving our campaigns the best possible chances of success. That’s why every single campaign on our site is matched up with an expert member of our Venture Support team who is there to support you from beginning to end. With all the hard work our Venture Support team do in helping campaigns succeed, we thought it was about time we introduced them to the world! Let’s kick things off with our Director of Venture Support, Brendan Rigby.
Want to tap into their expertise but aren’t ready to run a campaign? Kick things off by telling us a bit about your idea and someone will be in touch.
How would you describe your work on Venture Support?
I manage an amazing team of five venture support specialists in the U.S and Australia. I also work one-on-one with ventures. I think one of the most valuable aspects of my work is myth-busting. There are a lot of assumptions about crowdfunding, many of which give changemakers a skewed idea of what a successful campaign looks like. Venture support help changemakers set realistic goals, construct their story and build a marketing plan.
What do you think makes a good crowdfunding campaign, and which campaigns have stood out to you?
A good campaign is authentic, focused and shareable. What makes an even better campaign is the work put into pre-campaigning. That is, building your peer and community network around the project, getting commitments from key, early supporters and getting ready to launch.
One of my fondest campaigns was run by Energy for Old Fadama. They wanted to provide safe, sustainable power to Ghana’s largest urban slum, Old Fadama, in Accra. They were considerate, strategic and in no rush to launch until they were ready. The team behind the campaign was diverse, with each team member doing their part to tap into their peer networks. They also had a great mix of online and offline activities, from social media to a charity dinner. At the end of the campaign, they managed to raise £17,000.
I actually ran a campaign with StartSomeGood a few years ago, and I was blown away with the support and advice they offered to our small campaign. When the co-founders contacted me two years later and offered me a job to support changemakers everywhere, I couldn’t refuse.
StartSomeGood is at the forefront of breaking down the barriers to funding, providing participatory and open sources for everyone to be a changemaker and be the change they want to see in their community.
What keeps your flame lit?
Singing Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio at Karaoke. When I’m not at karaoke, seeing and supporting the projects that come through our platform. I’m humbled by their passion, vision and drive.
What’s your favourite inspirational quote?
I’m a huge American football fan, and I can’t go past this quote by Vince Lombardi:
“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfilment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”
What are you doing when you’re not supporting social good ventures?
Besides singing karaoke, I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne studying young children’s literacy practices in out-of-school settings. I also co-founded a social enterprise, WhyDev, for those engaged in aid and global development. I can’t stop running, drinking Chinese tea and tracking down Ghanaians wearing NFL football jerseys.
What makes you donate to a crowdfunding campaign?
My passion is education, so I’m biased towards any campaign that has an education focus. That said, I read the story of every campaign that comes through our platform, watch every video, see all the rewards, and what always captures my attention is authenticity. It really comes across strong. You can tell immediately if a campaign is genuine in their mission, realistic in their impact. Campaigns are not going to ‘save the world’. But, they are going to make a difference. Focus on that difference, small though it may be, tangible social good is what positive change is all about.
Nonprofit group raises $153,000 through crowdfunding and breaks our record for biggest campaign of all time!
An Australian non-profit, working with refugees and asylum seekers, has successfully raised over $153,000 (AUD) through crowdfunding to break the StartSomeGood.com record as biggest campaign of all time and surpassing their overall goal of $150,000.
The Asylum Seeker Resources Centre (ASRC) will soon hit the road with their Food Justice Truck, a mobile food truck selling fruits and vegetables to the public at market prices in order to subsidise the cost for asylum seekers and allow them to access fresh, healthy food.
With great campaign rewards, including a private dinner party with international music star Gotye, and a killer social media strategy, the ambitious goal of $150,000 never seemed too far-fetched. In fact, $85,000 of that was raised in the first two weeks alone.
The StartSomeGood record previously belonged to The Do Good Bus who raised $101,000 (USD) for an altruistic road trip across the United States, promoting volunteerism and who partnered with Foster the People to provide unique experiences and rewards (So it seems that a moving vehicle and the backing of an international music act are a recipe for success!)
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s campaign is also part of a growing movement of social impact organisations in Australia responding to funding cuts by turning to crowdfunding.
“Instead of just getting frustrated at government action or inaction crowdfunding allows non-profits and social entrepreneurs to raise funds directly from their community in order to take practical steps which can make a huge difference, just as the Food Justice Truck will in the life of asylum seekers in Melbourne,” says StartSomeGood CEO Tom Dawkins.
If you want to learn how to run a kick-ass crowdfunding campaign, sign up to our Crowdfunding 101 email course in the bottom right hand corner of our homepage. Remember, you don’t have to be a large non-profit like the ASRC to raise funds on StartSomeGood. We also support social enterprise, community groups, individuals and other social good projects.
Question for the panel? Tweet on the #SocEntHangout hashtag or ask in the comments section below!
How can educational institutions facilitate social change?
Across the world, forward thinking educational institutions are taking steps to find out. Join us for this month’s #SocEntHangout where StartSomeGood and a panel of exports will explore how traditional scholarship is being reframed to support social change, the groundbreaking new initiatives that are driving this change, action-oriented best practices and how you can get involved.
Our expert panel includes Erin Krampetz (Cofounder & Community Director of Ashoka U), Kate Harris (CEO of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership) and Jason Quin (Social Enterprise Hub Manager, Desert People’s Centre)
You’ll also have the opportunity to ask the panel your questions so be sure to register now!
WHEN: Monday 7th April 7pm United States Eastern Time/4pm United States Pacific Time
Monday/Tuesday 7th-8th April Midnight British Standard Time
Tuesday 8th April 9am Australian Eastern Daylight Time
Erin Krampetz - Cofounder & Community Director at Ashoka U
As Community Director, Erin fosters the strategic development and growth of the Ashoka U community of practice with the goal of supporting colleges and universities everywhere to become hubs of social innovation. Before coming to Ashoka in 2008 to help launch Ashoka U, Erin served as Program Director for Escuela Nueva International, a partner of Ashoka Fellow Vicky Colbert, coordinating collaborative partnerships for the global expansion of Escuela Nueva. Prior to Escuela Nueva, Erin evaluated program effectiveness for MobileMetrix, a community-based data collection company in Brazil, and as an Eben Tisdale Fellow, contributed to Hewlett Packard’s Global Citizenship Program. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, Erin participated as a contributing author and researcher for the Stanford Study of Writing, a five-year longitudinal study of college writers. Erin holds a BA in International Relations and an MA in International Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University.
Jeremy Mah - Head of Learning for Sustainability, Centre for Sustainability Leadership
The Centre for Sustainability Leadership believe our world needs leaders and change makers who have the commitment, courage and skills to drive positive, transformative change. They enable leaders (individuals and organisations) and equip them with the skills and insights they need to create the future they want – the future we all need. Since 2004, CSL have been running a series of award-winning training programs, designed to give passionate individuals the agency and ability to create the change they envisage.
Jason Quin - Social Enterprise Hub Manager, Desert People’s Centre
Based in Alice Springs, Jason Quin works with passionate people and innovative organisations to achieve social impact through entrepreneurship. Most recently he has helped setup the desert hub, a social enterprise hub run by the Centre for Appropriate Technology for the Desert Peoples Centre. The desert hub has provided a focal point for the growth of the social enterprise sector, delivered direct business development support and a calendar of events and workshops. Before this, Jason was part of the foundation team establishing the Australian Centre for Social Innovation, in Adelaide, and UnLtd – the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, the UK’s leading supporter of social entrepreneurship.
Jason is passionate about life in the desert; drawing on the rich heritage of “bush ingenuity” and the thrivingcommunity at the heart of Australia. Jason is the Treasurer/Public Officer of the Arid Lands Environment Centre, the leading voice for sustainability in Central Australia; and a Board Member of the regional arts body, Red Hot Arts Central Australia.
Brand New Good! Recently launched campaigns:
Fresh Stops has recently launched a unique new campaign to transform our industrialised food system and bring affordable, healthy foods to communities regardless of income. Through an online platform, Grow Your Own Fresh Stop, communities will be able to source sustainably grown fruits and vegetables for families on an income-based sliding scale. Four such Fresh Stop initiatives have already been established Washington DC and Indianapolis. A tipping point of $7,000 will enable the development of a sound technical infrastructure to better manage and automate the already successful Fresh Stop model. Also be sure to check out some of their creative rewards
TalkLife is a social network with a difference that is really saving lives. This free app, available on Android and Apple devices, allows young people to talk about ‘taboo’ issues like depression, self harm and suicide. It’s an online, understanding and safe community for people who feel alone and isolated, and allows them to find others who understand. Their tipping point of $7,000 will allow TalkLife to further their work and use ‘big data’ obtained from their platform to analyse, predict and prevent high risk mental health episodes.
The team behind the ASRC Food Justice Truck have come up with a creative solution to food insecurity for asylum seekers in Australia. The Truck will be a mobile food market, selling to the public at market rates and to asylum seekers at a 75% discount. Funds raised will primarily support the purchase of a truck and the wages of one full time staff member. With your support, this ambitious project has the potential to help lift 2,000 people out of food insecurity and bring vastly improved health outcomes to marginalised communities.
The Congo Restoration Sewing School is uplifting women one sewing class at a time. This social enterprise is providing education and a way out of poverty to women in the Eastern Congo who have been victims of sexual violence. Every 6 months, 60 women graduate from their sewing school, with the added benefit of literacy courses. Now, with a tipping point of $15,100, this campaign is attempting to open a second school, and provide each woman with a sewing machine and a micro loan to start their own businesses. Rewards for this campaign include hand made napkins from the school itself and wooden statues form the DRC.
The Casey Schulman foundation, established in memory of a remarkable young student who passed away in December 2012, is raising money to provide college scholarships to high school students who are serious about improving the lives of others. Help them reach their tipping point and provide a $20,000 scholarship over four years to a deserving student.
On the 25th March, the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation will host a Social Economy Alliance open mic event to discuss how the next government can support change makers and cooperative movements. This free event will also give attendees the change to feed into the Social Economy Alliance manifesto that will set out the sector’s top social and economic policy recommendations. There will be a variety of engaging and useful sessions, including campaign workshops on how to engage with local politicians and the media. Check out the event to book your place now!
Also in Manchester, 3rd Sector Futures and Anglia Ruskin University will host the Third Sector Leadership and Management Conference on 20th March. This event, supported by the Guardian Social Enterprise Network, will address the challenges and opportunities facing the third sector in the next 5 to 10 years, which skills will be required for future leaders in the field, and what these leaders can learn from social and private entrepreneurs.
From the 24 - 25 March the Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference will bring together a variety of higher learning institutions from across the state to discuss sustainability issues and create opportunities for staff, faculty and students to advance sustainable solutions on campus and in their communities. This will be a great opportunity for interested change makers to network with their peers in the region and bring home tools to increase the impact of sustainable solutions.
On 26 March, 1000heads at HUB Sydney will host a special session on Word of Mouth (WOM) campaigns for Social Enterprise. Whilst all kinds of social enterprises naturally lend themselves to WOM campaigns, this session will equip changemakers with the best practices WOM strategies, and will be followed by a Q&A to discuss various campaigns and strategies to get the word out.
And if you find yourself in Washington, DC tomorrow, why not drop in to the monthly Meetup for Social Entrepreneurs and Changemakers? This event will allow you to connect face to face with like minded people in the field and extend your local network of allies and friends. The event runs from 12:30 to 14:30, and costs $5 per person.
by Tom Dawkins, CEO of StartSomeGood.com.
Presenting at the AshokaU Exchange
During February, thanks to the generous support of Renata Cooper and Forming Circles, I had the opportunity to attend two great conferences in Thailand and the US respectively where I was thrilled to meet changemakers and social entrepreneurs from at least 16 countries and learn more about their projects, challenges and insights.
The trip started at the Ci2i Learn/Share Lab for Co-Creative Impact and Innovation outside Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand (I know, I know, it’s hard work this whole social entrepreneur thing sometimes). This was a very different sort of event from the norm: more intimate, focused and generative. It involved 25 of us living together for three days while exploring the practice of co-creative changemaking through a variety of case-studies and conversations.
The participants had come from every continent on earth. Their stories and their commitment to a style of leadership which encourages participation, empowers others and shares successes were inspiring and very often moving. Many were working in incredible challenging environments, against entrenched systems of inequality, supporting refugees, the disabled or those seeking an alternative to business as usual.
What did we mean by “co-creative leadership”? We didn’t let ourselves get too bogged down in definitions (you can see the raw notes from the event here) but for me it came down to a few key elements:
- a vision for a different future (the why) but an openness to the path to get there (the how);
- a preparedness to share or forgo credit;
- a belief that the process to create change is as important as the outcome. In fact empowering people through the co-creative process is an outcome.
I learned about the incredible work of Edgeryders in catalysing new ways of thinking, working and living in Europe, of The Barefoot Guides out of South Africa, a co-created resource to deepen and develop approaches and initiatives that contribute to a changing world, of the struggle and progress of the Initiatives for Community Transformation in Uganda, as told by Peter and Grace, who had never left that country before (and who we will soon be supporting to run a campaign on StartSomeGood) and of Christina Jordan, our host and Ashoka Fellow, who has worked in Uganda and Belgium and now Thailand (and ran this campaign on StartSomeGood recently to support a refugee community) and is now spearheading the formation of Ci2i, a global community of co-creative changemakers.
Then it was on to the US and, after a week of meetings in San Francisco and Washington DC, the AshokaU Exchange in Providence, Rhode Island.
The Exchange was in some ways the opposite of the Learn/Share Lab: more expansive, relentless and individual. But no less inspiring and valuable. It brought together 800 people to explore how we embed and support social entrepreneurship on university campuses, split approximately 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 into students, faculty and funders. The students gave it a great energy, the faculty members shared incredible programmatic insights and the funders gave it gravitas and a sense of possibility. Together it was an exciting mix, with several concurrent streams of panels and workshops, short TED-style talks, banquets, small-group dinners and many side meetings.
I was able to share the work we’ve been doing bringing traditional grant funding and crowdfunding together through our Crowdmatch model and present on how student-led projects can raise the funds they need to launch and grow. I’m hopeful we’ll be able to announce a US-based Crowdmatch partnership in the near future.
Presenting at ConspireNY
The trip ended in NY where I presented at the first ConspireNY, a night of conspiratorial Pecha Kucha presentations. This was beyond nerve-wracking for me, as the requirements of the Pecha Kucha format (short talks with automatic slides, in this case 5 minutes with 20 slides which advanced every 15 seconds), brevity and perfect timing, are not at all my public speaking fortes. But given that I only prepared the talk that day (I was busy!) I was very pleased with the result and received great feedback. The video should be online soon.
Thanks again to Renata and Forming Circles for making this trip possible with their sponsorship! I learned a lot, made new friends and contacts and am confident it will lead to some exciting new partnerships and projects for StartSomeGood, so watch this space!