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Google Impact Challenge – We’re in the finals!

Wow, we are a finalist of the Google Impact Challenge!

4 years of mobilizing more than 20.000 people around the world to solve challenges and help social entrepreneurs in the digital age – and now we’re on the last lap to win the prize from one of the biggest digital players in the world.

It’s not often that I ask my network to vote and ask their friends to do the same. Friends, this time, we need your help. One small click for you, but a huge amplification effect for social entrepreneurs we support all around the world!

Why I support MakeSense? Because nothing has had such a huge impact on my life. Read the story here! If any of my activities have helped or inspired you in some small way, please vote for us and be a part of the biggest mobilization we have ever been part of.

This is the link: http://bit.ly/4sense

THANKS FOR VOTING AND AN ENORMOUS BIG FAT THANK YOU FOR EVERYONE WHO SPREADS THE MESSAGE!!

And guess who just sent over his video of support: The Doc himself, Prof. Muhammad Yunus, sends his voting recommendation!! :)

P.S. if you want to find a cool graphic/avatar, look no further!

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What is MakeSense all about?

Sometimes it’s not easy to keep an overview of all the wonderful videos/tumblrs/articles/links that are part of the MakeSense ecosystem. This is my attempt at a collection. Please feel free to add other links!

The newest MakeSense video is a great introduction (thx, Videaux):

Christian explains the Hold-Up:

Christian explains MakeSense:

SenseCamps

Two videos from SenseCamp Berlin 2013:

Article on SenseCamp Wiesbaden (with Prof. Yunus), with a video in French (below) and in German (click):

Is the SenseCamp London 2013 video the best SenseCamp video ever? You be the judge!

To date, SenseCamps have happened in Berlin (2012 & 2013), London (2012 & 2013), Paris (2012 & 2013), Kuala Lumpur (2012), Wiesbaden (2013), Barcelona (2013), São Paulo (2013), and Singapore (2013).

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Sense SpinOffs

SenseSchool is one of the projects that has come out of the MakeSense ecosystem:

Other spin-offs include the SenseCube, a co-working & incubation space, CommonsSense, an innovation consulting enterprise, MKS Fest, events that bridge social entrepreneurship and the arts, and Disco Soupe, a movement to fight/dance/cook against food waste.

SenseTours

Fanny and Matteo explain the SenseTour Europe 2013 (probably still the funniest video!) – and on the website, you can check out their final presentation:

Video from the Mediterranean SenseTour 2013 (check out their final presentation with surprising insights):

Press

MakeSense has been featured and mentioned in numerous articles, such as e.g. in Wired, the Guardian, Le Monde (french), Libération (french), Youphil (french), etc.

To the future!

In 2013, Christian Vanizette became an Ashoka fellow for co-creating MakeSense – so this global movement will be booming even more now!

In the end, a small message from the most prominent MakeSense fan, Prof. Muhammad Yunus:

SenseCamp is coming home: One year after we launched the first event, we’re doing it again: SenseCamp Berlin 2013!

February 9, 2013 at Social Impact Lab Berlin // (fb event)

tickets at sensecamp-berlin2013.eventbrite.com 

SenseCamp is a barcamp dedicated to social entrepreneurship: It brings together social entrepreneurs, social business enthusiasts and the MakeSense gang for one full day of inspiring talks, interactive workshops and networking.

A barcamp is a community-driven event where the agenda is set by the participants. To host a session, anybody can pitch a topic in the morning planning meeting. The format’s flexibility allows conversations to continue, intensify or refocus as needed by the participants. It blurs traditional notions of speakers and listeners and creates a highly interactive experience of shared learning and development.

The SenseCamp is also unique chance to experience the MakeSense Hold-Up format of innovation workshops for social entrepreneurs.

Whether you are a seasoned social entrepreneur or simply interested in the topic, we are building a place to discover and exchange new ideas, actionable insights and success/failure stories. In the evening, there’s also the NonSense party where you can shake out some moves!

Believe it or not – Social Business rules the World! You better join us on February 9!

www.sense-camp.org

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videaux makes videos for social projects (non-profits, social entrepreneurs…) – these are some images of their six month filming in Haiti, Argentina, Uganda, Kenya, Bangladesh (thx, makesense)!

it just makes sense to support social business! if you’re interested and in berlin, come to sensedrinks (second wednesday every month)!

bernd kolbs treffende analyse unserer zeit beim entreprenurship summit 2011, mit ein paar gedanken zu werten mit denen wir nach vorne blicken können. man kann unsere situation kaum besser beschreiben. diese stunde sollte man sich nehmen! (thx, lina!)

cindy gallop has a bunch of very smart insights for like-minded entrepreneurs.

i’ve been asked, how i could be so critical of our capitalistic system and still think of myself as a social business entrepreneur. it’s actually not too difficult for a few reasons:

1) i do not think it is a capitalistic society, when our banks are too big to fail and bailed out by government. i do not want to advocate for more radical free markets, i just want to restate that what we have is closer to crony capitalism than anything else.

2) i believe in creating value, not money. and to create long-term (‘sustainable’) value, people and planet come first, and while profit should be part of the game, it is merely a means to stay afloat within the current environment. it’s important to remember that not everything of value is actually compensated through money. in fact, almost nothing of value is. the main problem i see in crony business is that profit maximization trumps everything else. that’s why i support yunus’ social business model.

3) i see business as the process of creating value (or utility), and making it accessible to people outside of your personal circles. i don’t think business needs to a handful of ruthless scrooges exploiting their people, maximizing externalities and elbowing away the competition; but creating meaningful value for everybody (not just those traditionally considered ‘stakeholders’), and a better future.

4) we need to change a lot of things in the world. i want to be that change because i think buckminster fuller is right in saying ‘to change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.’ and i simply don’t know a task that is more exciting in life than imagining/inventing/building the future!

cool social business start-up on sharing knowledge around the globe: knowable.org. haven’t launched yet, but i’m quite interested in finding out more!

and i think there’s much common ground, i highly value information access and transparency, and believe it can fuel positive change in the world. it should also work in their favor that the greatest challenge isn’t a logistical or technical one (such as distributing knowledge) but it’s the challenge of designing a system that makes knowledge accessible in a way that people actually will find useful enough to use.

i found out about this project through the makesense gang in berlin, who will be doing a hold-up for knowable.org on saturday at impakt berlin. i was told this is a public brainstorming/workshop to support the development of the platform – kind of a “real life crowdsourcing.” looking forward to joining this saturday and learning more about makesense (great manifesto!) as well as knowable.org!

[EDIT: knowable.org is in it’s last hours of crowdfunding at indiegogo.com/knowable]