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An interactive mobile communication platform for social entrepreneurs and social intrapreneurs to share their diverse experiences, innovative ways of thinking, and lessons learned that informs and connects readers to the ideas, people, and organizations creating the future of social change.
The SocialChange.is mobile app will allow users to quickly read and engage with content, writers, and other users via multimedia commenting (geo-tagged photos or videos), voting and sharing features, options to submit questions or ideas for new stories, and location based features that display other users around you, what you have in common with them, and options to connect via private messaging, Twitter, or Facebook. Through geo-location the application will also allow readers to learn about, and participate in, local and global projects that users may not have been aware of previously without the app.
The app solves the problem of taking valuable knowledge that typically stays within the heads of innovative change makers and shares it with the world, which allows aspiring change makers to learn more about the innovative ways people are creating social impact, informs the press - local and national media outlets as well as journalists – about today’s social entrepreneurship revolution, and educates the general public about how to support change makers in their area and around the world.
SocialChange.is is already connected with social entrepreneurship communities and organizations such as Compass Partners, Echoing Green, Center for Social Innovation, The Hub, and Green Spaces to bring on large numbers of their members as contributors to create original content. Additional outreach will be made to major media outlets and syndication partnerships.
The website for SocialChange.is is built and we will be adding more online contributors and additional interactive features throughout this year. This grant will allow the website to become accessible through mobile technology and will help to significantly increase interactivity and the number of people we reach, inform, and inspire.
Success will be defined by first building a minimal viable product to test with the SocialChange.is community to gather user-feedback and metrics such as level of engagement (number of comments, votes, uploading of user-generated content, connections of readers and contributors made) and sharing of content (social media metrics). This data will then be used to focus on core features and develop a mobile application that allows user to access information, tools, and experiences from change makers around the world and empower readers with a unique set of mobile resources and an engaged community to help transform their own ideas for social good into reality.
In order for SocialChange.is to become a successful mobile application there is a crucial need for a dedicated staff to work on it full-time, including a web and design team to build the app, a marketing team to intelligently spread information about the app, a researcher to gather user feedback when prototyping, as well as an office where all of these workers will be able to congregate and generate new ideas as we move forward. It is my hope that with this grant will be able to be provided for most, if not all, of these resources.
Please list who is on your team:
Ron Suarez, Web Developer, Founder of LoudFeed.tv
Margarete Koenen, Designer, LoudFeed.tv
Michael Feder, Editor, SocialChange.is
Mustapha Abokede, Researcher, SocialChange.is - Innovation Ambassador at KPMG and Acumen Fund Global Fellow
Expected number of months to complete project: 8 months
Estimated Project Cost: $275,000
Name: Marcos Salazar
Twitter: @marcossalazar @SocialChangeis
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization [if applicable]: SocialChange.is
City: New York
How did you learn about the contest? Knight Foundation Newsletter