Sunday, February 22, 2009
Sunday, December 7, 2008
"It's our hope the Youth Venture partnership serves as a catalyst for other youth to become changemakers in their own communities." states Gretchen Zucker, executive director. Competitions like this will help take social change to new heights.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
How the system works:
A message is sent using what is know as "Please Call Me" (PCM Service)
PCS is a free form of text messaging across Africa, allows someone without any phone credit to send a text to asking for a call. Similar to the "page" this person option on most American VoiceMail systems.
Each sent PCM message says "Please Call Me," and the phone number of the caller. There is also space for an additional 120 characters.Extra space is used for advertising helping to offset the cost of running the service.
So far calls to counselors at the National Aids helpline increased by 200% when messages were broadcast. Small pilot projects showed that calls to the National Aids helpline rose from 1,000 to 4,000 when the system was in use.
He have know for a while that text message are a great way to advertise. Text messages have the better Click Through Rate than print media, calls, and email. Using text messaging in your social venture to communicate with donors, activists, and clients will do great things. Leverage this great technology to increase donations, sells and man hours.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Social ventures are always on my mind. Recently in a forum discussing the success of NGOs in the Darfur Conflict we came to several realizations. One that Human Right Activist in Darfur has been (comparably) so success is the use of celebrity endorsements.
Using natural tendencies of society to help remedy societal ills is the right prescription. We admire and aspire to be like our favorite celebrities. Employing their societal clout to a social venture they will be able to raise awareness and funds.
The situation in Darfur is dire but it is not be ignored. With the help of celebrities like George Clooney, Senator Obama, and Angelina Jolie awareness for Darfur is high. Lets make is style statement of social awareness and involvement.
I am interested in study how exactly celebrities choose their causes and what impact they have. What are the most successful celebrity activist. How and what do they do? Understanding these questions will help give you social venture instant viral growth. Leveraging popularity of celebrities does not trivialize the issues but in a natural way engage a normally sedated populous.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The main criteria for making this decision are:
- Tax Deductions
- Raising Capital
- Hiring Employees