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Community Service Bulletin

April 30, 2012

Spotlight

2012 MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Awards Celebration - Thursday, May 3

Join the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge and our special guest speaker Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab, for a celebration of the spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship, and public service. This year, 37 teams are working with communities around the world on challenges such as waste treatment; access to clean water, healthcare, education, and transportation; disaster relief; and much more.

On Thursday, May 3, meet the teams entered this year and celebrate with us as we announce the teams that will be awarded up to $10,000 to make their ideas a reality. This is where ideas come to life!

Meet the teams at 6:00pm. Grab a seat by 7:00pm in room MIT's 32-123. The evening will be followed by dessert in the lobby. RSVP at http://mitideasgc-esli.eventbrite.com or email globalchallenge@mit.edu

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Alumni Day at the Charles River Conservancy (5/5)

Are you part of an Alumni group in Boston? We're holding a special volunteer day dedicated to college alumni groups! The event will be held on Saturday, May 5th. 9AM-12PM. Sign up a group of alumni from your school! Email dms@thecharles.org if interested. This is a joint effort with REI Boston.

Volunteer at Youthology Day (5/19)

Youth from diversified walks of life are having an event on May 19 Saturday, 2012 at the Codman Square Commons in Dorchester (Washington/Talbot Ave.), from 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM. This event is called YOUTHOLOGY DAY, [Beating the Streets: Steps to Success] This is a youth led event for the progress of youth. There will be performances by local youth talent to highlight parts of the YOUTHOLOGY DAY event, as well as youth speakers, and raffles.

The YOUTHOLOGY DAY event is to demonstrate and show youth that there’re opportunities available now that can help youth stay on track to be a positive productive young person in today’s society.

We would like your support in joining us on this eventful day, by displaying the information of your agency and/ or department so that youth can have the visible means of seeing different alternatives through literature and positive conversation. We will provide the table, if needed to display your material.

If you, your organization, or agency would like more information on YOUTHOLOGY DAY; please contact Frank at 617-522-2766 or Erika at (617) 567-2750.

Volunteer at GPI’s Science Camp this Summer!

The GPI Outreach team is running a week-long camp at MIT this summer either the week of August 20th to 24th or August 27th to 31st. The Outreach team is looking for MIT students who will be on campus and available to get to help run some of the projects for the kids! It'll be a great opportunity to practice teaching and applying engineering concepts! Mentors should be excited and available a few hours each day--the schedule is flexible.

The free program, aimed at low-income local high school students, will introduce basic STEM concepts and international development through a project-based completion of a solar oven. Students will design, build, and test different solar oven designs using basic materials like cardboard, aluminum foil, newspaper insulation. Each team will attempt to optimize their oven for a certain characteristics ("heats fastest", "gets the hottest", "most usable") and will learn how to design under real economic and engineering constraints. Interested mentors have the option of helping design and refine the curriculum!

Please contact us at this email or gpi-awesome@mit.edu with any questions!

Ongoing Opportunities

Puna Music Festival: Increase Awareness of Hawaiian Music within your Community (deadline 5/9)

Share the aloha! Support the Puna Music Festival's mission to increase awareness of Hawaiian music and culture within your local community. A much-needed resurgence of Hawaiian culture and language has been underway over the past years – and this challenge enlists your help! Full of cultural values, ancient knowledge, and respect for the land, Hawaiian culture is vibrant conveyed through both traditional and modern music. (http://punamusicfestival.com/) Proceeds from the festival support important Hawaiian cultural programs at schools and non-profits throughout the poorest district in the state.

The spirit of aloha resonates through the music of the people of Hawai’i, and in this challenge we are looking for ways to celebrate this heritage, a culture which was nearly lost only decades ago. Submit a creative plan of action that would raise awareness and share the cultural wisdom of Hawaiian music and values in your community.

Anyone submitting ideas will receive a special GOOD discount of 50% off any festival package for the Puna Music Festival – showing our deepest appreciation for your kokua. We will also award a six-night stay in a bamboo eco-cottage for two at Kalani, the Hawaiian retreat center stewarding the festival (valued at $2500), along with a $500 grant to the top-voted idea that furthers Hawaiian music and culture.

If you have any questions email us at maker@goodinc.com or visit http://pmf.maker.good.is/

Innovate Earth Day for GOOD (deadline 5/15)

On April 22, communities around the globe will mobilize to protect and restore our planet’s natural resources. Now more than ever, the world needs all hands on deck in the fight against climate change, deforestation and habitat loss. How would you rally your city behind a key preservation issue this spring? GOOD Maker will award a $2,000 grant to the top-voted idea that furthers the message of Earth Day. We recommend submitting a creative plan of action that would drive local participation and awareness such as a field trip or a fun workshop. Report back here with your proposed Act of Green, and you could win a grant to bring your idea to life. Please note that projects can be implemented within six months of the award date; they do not need to be carried out on Earth Day.

Submit a proposal between April 17 and May 15 (noon Pacific Time). From May 15-31, we’ll open it up to public voting. Rally your colleagues and friends to get behind your effort and join the GOOD community in selecting the winner.

Email us atmaker@goodinc.comwith any questions. Connect with this challenge on twitter at @GOODmkr and follow the conversation via #GOODEarthDay http://earthday.maker.good.is/

What’s your favorite social media campaign? (deadline 5/24)

Online action campaigns for social good have become more prevalent, more innovative, and more engaging. Consider the widespread participation of everyday people in campaigns like Rock the Vote, or the recent Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 documentary, which made international headlines and topped 70 million YouTube hits in a single week. Some people thought the video was a huge success, while others critiqued the content and approach of the campaign.

We want to hear about the best social media campaigns out there so we can surface and share out their best practices to the GOOD community. Which uses of social media for social change have truly raised the bar and successfully catalyzed meaningful online and offline action?
We’re inviting individuals, nonprofits, and creative agencies to nominate their top choice. We’re open to any and all online campaigns— videos, mobile apps, Twitter campaigns all welcome!

We’ll award $1,000 to the organization connected with the campaign that receives the most votes, and we’ll interview the organizers of the top campaigns and share with the entire community their tips for using online tools to accelerate social change.

For details regarding submissions and more information, please visit http://viral.maker.good.is/ or contact us at maker@goodinc.com

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Call for Applications: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Explorations Initiative (5/15)

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation <http://www.gatesfoundation.org/>  has announced that it is accepting applications for Round 9 of its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, a $100 million grant initiative encouraging innovation in global health and development research.

The program seeks dynamic, transformative ideas that address the world's greatest health and development challenges. The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline, from student to tenured professor, and from any organization ? colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit companies. Anyone with a transformative idea is invited to submit the two-page online application.

The foundation has also announced that this round of Grand Challenges Explorations will feature a new kind of topic that challenges people to find new ways to tell the story of development aid and the powerful impact it can have around the world. To help disseminate the message that aid works, Grand Challenges Explorations is partnering with Cannes Lions to uncover new ways to find and distribute stories that will inspire people to support development aid.

The complete list of topics for Grand Challenges Explorations Round 9 is as follows: Aid Is Working ? Tell the World (in partnership with Cannes Lions); New Approaches for the Interrogation of Anti-Malarial Compounds; Protect Crop Plants From Biotic Stresses (From Field to Market); Design New Approaches to Optimize Immunization Systems; and Explore New Solutions for Global Health Priority Areas.

The Gates Foundation and an independent group of reviewers will select the most innovative proposals, with grants awarded within approximately four months of the proposal submission deadline. Initial grants will be $100,000 each. Projects demonstrating potential will have the opportunity to receive additional funding up to $1 million.

Visit the Gates Foundation website for complete program information and application procedures: http://www.grandchallenges.org/Pages/Default.aspx

Mercy Corps Internship: Pioneering innovative bio-briquette design for cooking stoves in Timor-Leste

Mercy Corps is an international, non-governmental humanitarian relief and development agency with headquarters in the UK and USA. With current operations in 40 countries reaching close to 20 million beneficiaries, the agency exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

In Timor-Leste, Mercy Corps is at the forefront of efforts to transform the high rate of energy poverty in the country, where 70% of households currently relying on kerosene for lighting and using traditional inefficient three-stone fires for cooking. The issue of indoor air pollution and deforestation due to use of open fires for cooking is a huge problem, in particular in Dili and Bio-briquettes offer a very good solution to continued wood use.

Mercy Corps is seeking a highly motivated volunteer to work with the Mercy Corps team and local NGO staff to pioneer the design, testing and market analysis for an innovative bio-briquette design. Research will be required into existing briquette designs and the specific materials available in Timor-Leste. Design work will involve the dimensions and production process for bio-briquette sticks, and research and design on simple manual tools for their production. Testing will include functionality, perceptions of local Timor-Leste cooks and efficiency performance.

The individual will be based in Timor-Leste in the capital Dili, with some travel to surrounding villages. The volunteer will ideally be available for 6 – 8 weeks. August – September 2012 is preferred, but July – August will also be considered. Depending on availability, some of the work may be able to be undertaken remotely, prior to arrival in-country. Mercy Corps has funds available to pay for the cost of the return flight from the US to Timor-Leste. The individual will be required to cover their own living costs while in Timor-Leste.

For more information on qualifications and details, please contact William Baron, Programme Manager – Renewable Energy at wbaron@tl.mercycorps.org If you are interested, please send a cover letter and CV/resume to the email address above.

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