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Third Week In Review – Sharon & Jay Go Their Separate Ways

This week Sharon went to the StartingBloc Institute in Los Angeles while Jay went to Tucson for a 24 hour bike ride and then spent the rest of the week in Phoenix with his family.

Hours volunteered: 0, but we both did activities that had an emphasis on social good

States:   Arizona, California

Budget: not sure, … still trying to see if I really have to pay a $64 parking ticket

People Visited: Elle Durden   — Sharon also made about 80 new friends from StartingBloc that we hope to visit on the rest of our journey

Nights under the stars: 2 (Jay)

Best meal: Burrito by Tom (Jay), Salad Nicose at Annenburg Community Beach House (Sharon)

Best beer: Lagunitas Cappachino Stout

Manhattan Beach

View Near Elle's house at Manhattan Beach


At StartingBloc in Los Angeles

Today I start a five day Social Innovation Institute through StartingBloc.  I will be spending all day at the Annenburg Community Beach House on Santa Monica State Beach.  Unfortunately it is supposed to rain almost every day that I am here, but we will be spending so much time in the meeting room that it is probably just as well.  If you are in the LA area and are interested in connecting please let me know, or consider attending the StartingBloc Launch Party this Sunday night (basically a coming out party for us young social innovators).

By attending this Institute, I hope to meet other energized young leaders from around the world.  I am excited to hear about their ideas and to expand my network.  Also, I hope to learn more about the intersection between for profit and non profit.  The Great Recession got me thinking about how to create jobs and / or create wealth while still focusing on building community and social good.

Thank you again to my sponsors and for everyone that contributed ideas for how to spend $100M towards addressing climate change.  I look forward to sharing with you what I learn.

Saving the Planet in 1 Week with $100 Million and 4 People

As most of my readers know, I am attending the StartingBloc Social Innovation Institute in LA next week.  This program is geared towards young adults (20 somethings) from around the world who strive to make the world a better place.  With that in mind, before we even arrive at the institute, they have assembled us into small teams and given us a lofty challenge.

Our challenge for the “Long Game” exercise is to figure out how to invest $100 million to have the greatest possible impact on climate change.  We are encouraged to look at: for-profit companies who are developing innovative technology, nonprofits that are addressing environmental protection, as well as investments in policy or advocacy regarding climate change.  We are free to invest the money in any way and encouraged to think outside of the box.

By next week when I arrive in LA for the institute, our group needs to have an investment strategy and be prepared to give an 8 minute presentation on that strategy.  The presentations will be voted on and the team with the most votes wins the game.

So …

What is your experience with the issue of climate change?

What investment, if made in the next 10 years, would reduce carbon emissions to zero or near zero?

What type of investment has the greatest return?  What type of investment would allow us to leverage the most money?

Who should I be talking to about this project?

3 Days Left To Raise $125 in Sponsorship Funds

I am counting on you to help me get to StartingBloc, a Social Innovation Institute for young leaders, this February.


If you prefer to donate in a different way, please contact me at servicedrivenus@gmail.com.

I need to raise $125 in the next 3 days in order to cover the costs of attending this young leader training program.  With your support, I will get access to a transformative experience and a network of social entrepreneurs, socially minded corporations, and supportive Universities.

Thank you to my parents and Jay’s parents for your sponsorship!

Perhaps you want to sponsor me:

  • in honor of my birthday next week!  $27 to celebrate 27 years!
  • to support our volunteer efforts!  For every $10 donation, I will volunteer 1 hour in your name (a $20 value).
  • to congratulate me on completing a Masters Degree this month!  How about $15 — one dollar for each month I was in school.
  • to have a chance to read all about the StartingBloc experience right here on this blog.  Wondering what kind of young people are interested in social innovation?  Want to learn about social entrepreneurship?  I promise to share pictures, video, and stories next February during and after the program.

To read more about StartingBloc and the Social Innovation Institute in February 2011 — check out this post from November, StartingBloc – Kicking Off Service Driven.

Please note that if you donate through the StartingBloc Sponsorship Page, I will see the donation, but will not know who it is from for another week or so.  I will thank you personally as soon as I know.