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Open Source Giving: Does It Change the Web?

Next week, I’ll be hosting a panel discussion at the Skoll World Forum at Oxford University that takes its title from one of my favorite John Lennon songs: Power to the People. The discussion will center around online social activism and peer-to-peer philanthropy via networks, and it features a great line-up of social entrepreneurs who aim to change (and hopefully expand) both charitable and for-profit social ventures. If you’re going to Skoll, I really hope you’ll join us.

But if you’re not, the discussion has already started – and your ideas are most welcome.

Thanks to Social Edge, the Skoll Foundation’s online community for social entrepreneurs, we’ve been busily talking about “open source giving” over the past two weeks. I set up the discussion to focus on this question: “So how does this movement, this explosion in wired social ventures, change the web?”

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How Can You ‘Change the Web?’

changethewebGot an idea for how to use a massive database of opportunities to help make the world a better place – a widget, a feed, an application, a new website? Then it’s time to plug into Social Actions’ just-launched Change the Web Challenge for a chance to win part of a $10,000 prize – and quite literally, change the web for the better.

Social Actions, a nonprofit online initiative, has created an open database of 60,000+ actions from 40+ sites – including GlobalGiving,,,, Nabuur, TakingITGlobal,, and VolunteerMatch.¬† “Now we want to get these actions out there – onto the websites, blogs and social networks that millions of people visit everyday,” says the organization in a blog post announcing the contest. “Next time inspiration strikes you to make a difference, the opportunities to take action will be but one click away.”

CauseWired Communications is proud to be a media sponsor of Change the Web, so look for continued updates here! [Social Actions’ work¬† will be familiar to readers of this blog and CauseWired.]

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