August 17, 2009

Crowdsourcing for social good

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JD LasicaAn ad hoc group of Bay Area folks who explore how new technology is driving social change, organized by Sundeep Ahuja, is holding its fifth event on Thursday. (I wrote about awareness2action’s first event almost exactly one year ago.)

Here are the details:

Event: Crowdsourcing for Social Good

Hosts: SocialEarth, Hub Bay Area and Chronicle Books

Topic: Wikipedia leverages millions of people to build a living encyclopedia. NASA Clickworkers uses hundreds of thousands of people to map craters on Mars. What else can the “crowd” do for social good — and for you?

• Leila Chirayath Janah, Founder, SamaSource
• Jacob Colker, Founder, The Extraordinaries
• Jon Bischke, Founder, eduFire
• Robert Chatwani, Head of Global Citizenship, eBay (Moderator)

When: Thursday, Aug. 20, 7-9:30 pm

Where: Chronicle Books, 680 Second St., 4th Floor, San Francisco

Admission: $10 donation suggested at the door

Bonus: Each attendee will receive a free copy of “Change the World for Ten Bucks”


SocialEarth is a fresh, entrepreneurial and socially mindful weblog focusing on businesses that are doing good through their work. The site “seeks to promote and support social entrepreneurs, young and old, domestic and international, established and new, who have the audacity to create mindful businesses where profitability is a necessary objective and solving a ‘social ill’ is an imperative.”

The Hub is a space for social innovators to work, meet, connect and inspire. Members come to bubs across the globe to collaborate, access market opportunities and capital, build community, and scale ideas. It is a place-based and online community of entrepreneurs, freelance professionals, artists, funders, students, mentors, community leaders. It’s “a habitat for innovators.”
JD Lasica, founder and former editor of Socialbrite, is co-founder of Cruiseable. Contact JD or follow him on Twitter or Google Plus.

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