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Solutions to Solutions? Just maybe...

Submitted by Nikki Gusz on May 29, 2012 - 12:00am

In providing an environment where individuals can showcase or interact with ideas, the 10,000 Solutions Project is part of a growing community of challenge platforms. Since its inception, 10,000 Solutions has also prompted many valuable debates regarding the design of an initiative that aims to be accessible and impactful. For instance, is it better to ask broad challenge questions—or specific ones? Or, how can ideas or individuals with solutions be connected to people who can help make them happen?

Civic Engagement and 10,000 Solutions

Submitted by Daniil Gunitskiy on April 16, 2012 - 12:00am

On April 12th, I had the opportunity to attend Arizona’s Youth Town Hall on Civic Engagement. The event brought together over 150 college and high school students at ASU’s Downtown Campus to discuss solutions and ideas about increasing civic engagement amongst youth. The day began with speakers from local colleges, civic engagement organizations and elected officials.

10 Days of 10K Challenge

Submitted by Hayfa Aboukier on April 9, 2012 - 12:00am

Last week, the Polytechnic Changemaker Central held an ice cream social to celebrate the campus’ involvement in the 10 Days of 10K Challenge and to promote Changemaker Central. This challenge was created to increase engagement in the 10,000 Solutions competition. 10,000 Solutions Project ignites the power of collaborative imagination to create a solutions bank. Users can share their ideas to impact local and global communities as well as build on others’ ideas.

Do you haiku?

Submitted by Jacqueline Smith on March 30, 2012 - 12:00am

I intended to follow-up to my last post about community building in the Community Solutions course and at the Ashoka U Exchange before the end of March, but March has been filled with: writing a large grant proposal, advising the Ignite @ ASU student organization for their event on April 4, reading all three books in the Hunger Games series (not part of my job, but worth noting), and preparing for my new role as Interim Executive Director of UI.

Learning About Digital Learning

Submitted by Tom Noble on March 2, 2012 - 12:00am

During my time as an 8th grade math teacher with Teach For America, I was consistently looking for ways to engage my students and enhance their learning using technology. This struggle to integrate technology resources in the classroom is something that many teachers deal with in schools throughout the country. So since becoming a grad student here at ASU, I’ve been trying to learn more about blending learning, open source materials and the world of education technology.

Delve into '12

Submitted by Jacqueline Smith on January 29, 2012 - 12:00am

In my next few entries I will report my progress on my New Year’s resolution to help build supportive communities in 12 different settings in 2012.

1.  Community Solutions and Collective Impact  (setting: classroom)

Engaging with Ashoka Fellows

Submitted by Daniil Gunitskiy on December 4, 2011 - 12:00am

The prevalence of media and information and the “overload” that comes with it, is perhaps nothing new. Yet, as the article from Stanford points out, the question remains of “How do you curate all this information?” In addition to that vexing question, now there is also an increasingly international bent of all this new information, with people all over the world becoming not only information consumers, but also producers.

Entrepreneurial Happenings in Detroit

Submitted by Daniil Gunitskiy on November 29, 2011 - 12:00am

Over Thanksgiving Break, I had a chance to fly home to Michigan to spend time with friends and family. While my intention was to “unplug” for a while, my visit to Detroit ended up becoming a pseudo-business trip (in the best way possible), as I had a chance to spend some time with friends involved in the social entrepreneurship and innovation scene in Detroit.