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 Nicholas Clark  March 25, 2019  Announcements
###What are you doing this summer? We're looking for motivated and globally-minded college students to join us this summer as [Social Innovation Fellows](http://divviifellows.com). As a fellow, you'll mentor a group of American and Chinese high school students in the U.S. - China Social Hackathon, where they're challenged to come up with a solution to a problem they observe in their communities. Fellows will guide students through the process of brainstorming their idea, collecting feedback, and designing a minimum viable product. At the end of the program, they'll pitch their ideas to a panel of social entrepreneurs. Over the course of 5 working meetings, fellows will guide their group members to explore one of the topic areas below and identify a specific problem they observe within the topic area. Students will create a profile of the "users" who face such a problem, and develop a digital solution to address the problem. The 6th and final meeting is the group pitch day. ###Topics ####Health & Wellness From exercise and medicine to organic eating and late-in-life care, health and wellness touches almost every aspect of our lives. What opportunities exist in this space to promote healthy living, ensure access to high quality and safe foods, prevent diseases, and treat medical problems? ####Urban Living Countries like India and China are urbanizing at some of the highest rates seen in human history, while countries like the U.S. are seeing urban decline, or the erosion of culturally distinct areas due to gentrification. These are just some of the modern phenomena that are changing the nature or urban living. How can we ensure that all city residents are able to live a fulfilling life no matter where in the world they are? ####Education Around the world, access to education is often determined by how much money a family earns. In the U.S., schools receive revenue based on taxes assessed on the value of property within their district, meaning that schools in wealthy areas have greater access to funding for teachers and classroom materials than those in poorer areas. In less-developed countries, children in poorer areas sometimes must forego an education in order to provide for their families. What can be done to make access to quality education more equitable and more readily available? ####Social Media As communication and social interaction increasingly take place online, social media networks face enormous challenges to manage not only personal privacy, but also to prevent manipulation of publicly shared data. How can we ensure that social media networks serve the common good, while also ensuring a healthy market for growth? ####Sports & Technology Athletics teams are worth billions of dollars and continue to globalize. At the same time, countries are making huge investments in building home-grown sports programs to compete on the world stage. What role can technology play in this process, from the perspective of countries, team owners, athletes, and fans, to improve the way sports are managed and consumed? ####Financial Literacy From QR-code payments to blockchain to mobile-only banks, the digitization of the banking industry is changing the way people interact with their money, often even eliminating the need for a physical asset. What opportunities are there within this trend to increase understanding of financial opportunities and management, especially for poor and rural populations? ##Fellowship Details - Dates - Session 1: June 24 - July 5 - Session 2: July 29 - August 9 - Format: Zoom video conferencing (account provided) - Timeline - Applications due June 3 - Twenty minute online interview with DIVVII within two weeks of application - Submit proposed discussion topics for preferred topic area within two weeks after successful interview - Receive group assignments June 19th ##Fellow Responsibilities - Design a series of discussion topics within your topic area - Lead a series of group discussions and activities following DIVVII's lesson plan - Track student assignments and follow up about unsubmitted work - Submit a report/reflection after each class meeting - Evaluate student projects on pitch day ##Eligibility - Current undergraduate or graduate student at an internationally-distinguished college or university - Demonstrated interest and fluency in entrepreneurship concepts and/or international business through campus events, student company, volunteering, or class concentration - Awareness of world events and are aware of global issues and trends - Able to use a laptop or desktop computer in a quiet location for all twelve video meetings (no mobile or tablets for fellows) - Preferred Candidates: - Founded or co-founded a successful student company, and/or received recognition from an accelerator, incubator, or business competition; - Demonstrate an understanding of Chinese business, culture, and/or language through study abroad, research, and/or internship/work experience; - Have experience as a tutor, teacher, or academic mentor (in any subject); and/or - Have experience as a group leader or manager (e.g. resident assistant; student organization, Boy Scout, youth group, or other team leader; intern coordinator; shift supervisor, etc.) Click here for more information or apply now!
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 Nicholas Clark  September 9, 2018  Announcements
The U.S. - China Social Hackathon is a five week, online program where pairs of U.S. and Chinese students work together to develop a social enterprise business plan. Guided by a mentor, students meet online to design a solution to a problem related to one of the program topics, then pitch their business idea to a panel of judges. Participants learn about social innovation, how to develop a value proposition, how to collect feedback, how to design a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), and how to pitch a business idea. They'll gain valuable experience working in remote teams, an essential skill for the 21st century workforce. Each group will choose a topic of social significance from a provided list, and will receive several materials to review for background information. Over the course of 5 working meetings, students will identify a specific problem they observe within the topic area, create a profile of the "users" who face such a problem, and develop a digital solution to address the problem. Groups will be required to send a progress report to their mentor after each working meeting. During the 6th and final meeting, groups will present their ideas to a panel of judges made up of social enterpreneurs. For more information, check out the [program info page](https://www.divvii.com/programs/10/5th-us-china-social-hackathon-fall-2018/) or apply directly [here](https://www.divvii.com/programs/10/5th-us-china-social-hackathon-fall-2018/apply/).
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 Nicholas Clark  July 24, 2018  Announcements
*Please consider completing this [survey](http://bit.ly/talent2019) from Monica Kang, founder of [InnovatorsBox](www.innovatorsbox.com) and author of [Rethink Creativity](www.rethinkcreativity.co).* Hello! It's great to e-meet you. My name is Monica H. Kang. I'm a social entrepreneur, an adjunct professor, and an author. Thank you for agreeing to share your thoughts on talent and the workforce with me! I am conducting a series of surveys and interviews to better understand people and workplaces for my book on talent in the workplace (scheduled to be released in 2019). I am focusing my book on what is missing in the workplace and how we can rethink the issues as individuals, teams, and organizations in different industries. Why is it so hard to find good talent? Why is a strong team so critical for success? Why is it so hard to find a good job where you feel welcomed and included? Why do even the most talented workers fail to perform when they are discouraged? How do we network and build better relationships in the workplace? How do you hire someone when you do not have enough resources to find talent? The way we live, think, and work is changing rapidly. So why isn't the workplace changing at the same pace? I want to get to the bottom of this and explore how talent plays a pivotal role in today's workplace. Your honest stories and perspectives will be invaluable. My goal is to research 200-300 individuals from July 2018 to Fall 2018 from: * 30 cities * 10 different countries * 20 different industries * 50 different organizations * different work levels including job hunters, interns, new employees, managers, and senior executives/founder * different backgrounds including all sexualities, ethnicities, educational backgrounds, and abilities This survey is broken down into four parts: * Your thoughts on talent and workplace * Your personal information * (Optional) Schedule an interview / coffee meetup. * (Bonus) Gift raffle I anticipate this survey will take approximately 15-17 minutes. I know everyone is busy, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to complete my survey. If you have any questions at any point, please reach out to me at monica@innovatorsbox.com. Thank you very much. I promise to make a positive difference in our workforce with what you share. Sincerely, Monica Kang Founder, InnovatorsBox Author, Rethink Creativity https://www.linkedin.com/in/monicakang http://rethinkcreativity.co/
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 Nicholas Clark  July 9, 2018  Announcements
Students
Meet the judges who will give feedback on student business plans! They are professors, entrepreneurs, and educators, all passionate about social entrepreneurship and using business to provide value to communities. ####Dr. Trex Proffitt *Professor of Business, Emory University and Franklin & Marshall University* ####Monica Kang *Founder, [InnovatorsBox](www.innovatorsbox.com); Author, "Rethink Creativity"; Professor of Entrepreneurship, BAU Int'l University* ####Milena Rubel *Founder, InnovatorsBox; Author, "Rethink Creativity"; Professor of Entrepreneurship, BAU Int'l University*
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 Nicholas Clark  April 26, 2018  Announcements
Students
Media
#GOSIC
We are thrilled to welcome SAGE Corps as the newest sponsor of the U.S. - China Social Hackathon. SAGE Corps runs programming on five continents, sending hundreds of college students to intern abroad with global startups. Read more about SAGE Corps on their website, [www.sagecorps.com](www.sagecorps.com). To learn more about the U.S. - China Social Hackathon, visit the program website [here](http://uschinasocialhackathon.com) or visit the Programs section of the DIVVII Community Center [here](https://www.divvii.com/programs/7/4th-us-china-social-innovation-hackathon/).
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 Nicholas Clark  April 16, 2018  Announcements
Mentors
#GOSIC
Congratulations to Carl Hooks, a mentor for the U.S. - China Social Hackathon, who won first place at the 2018 Smart City Hackathon in Shanghai on April 14th, 2018. He and his teammates will also take home US$3,000 to fund their design for a business that makes recycling consumer products in China easy, fun, and profitable. His team will now pitch their business idea at the China Utility Week conference in Shanghai on April 19. The Smart City Hackathon brings together entrepreneurs and select university students for a series of hackathons in different countries that focuses on the intersection of digital technology and urbanization. The aim of the hackathon is to bring together a diverse range of perspectives, from academics to entrepreneurship, and ignite the flow of ideas between different members of society. The Shanghai Smart City Hackathon is sponsored by Energo Labs and took place at NYU Shanghai. Carl is a Yenching Scholar at Peking University and a StartingBloc Fellow.
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 Nicholas Clark  January 2, 2018  Announcements
Students
*Going into the shoe store, the salesperson says, "Do you have a size 7 foot? I have a size 7 shoe that should fit you very nicely, and may be just what you need. No? You have a size 9 foot? Well, all I have are size 7 shoes. Just wear this one anyway."* *"I can't get it on."* *"What's the matter with my shoe?"* *"Nothing is wrong with the shoe. It is a perfectly fine shoe."* *"Well, maybe you would like my shoe if I put this pretty bow on it. Or maybe a shiny buckle? Now put it on. I don't understand why it doesn't fit. How about if I give you more size 7 shoes? Will three be enough? Well, then something must be wrong with your foot. What's wrong with your foot?"* *"Nothing is wrong with my foot. I have a perfectly good foot."* --- Join us on Saturday, January 6 to learn more about our brand-new Special Interest Program for the Gifted and Talented. This program is designed to give exceptionally gifted students an opportunity to challenge and be challenged, and to support them in ways beyond the offerings of the traditional education system in order to propel their learning, growth, and achievement. **Scan the QR code above to register.**
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 Nicholas Clark  October 10, 2017  Announcements
99 Dreams
Students
Korea
Africa
Scholarships
We're proud to announce the winners of the Spring/Summer 2017 iteration of the 99 Dreams Scholarship fund. We received so many awesome ideas, we couldn't limit ourselves to picking just one winner. So we decided to increase the prize pool and split it between our two winners! See below for more information about their projects. And if you didn't win this time, don't worry. We'll be running the scholarship again later this year. Keep an eye on your email and we'll let you know when applications are open again. But for now, the winners for summer 2017. Check back for more information about our winners and when we'll be launching the project again. ---- ![Juan](https://www.divvii.cn/files/africa_web.jpg) ### Juan Magalhaes *The Cate School* #### Don't Forget About Africa Currently, many school children in Africa are unable to effectively focus on their studies due to a lack of proper school supplies. Juan aims to fix this problem at a school in South Africa by providing school supplies and other logistical support to the students there. He plans to use the funds and mentorship he has been awarded to scale up his program and positively affect the lives of even more students. ---- ![Eileen](https://www.divvii.cn/files/kpop_web.jpg) ### Eileen Kwon *Seoul International School* #### The Korean Dream Eileen plans to use the funds and mentorship she has been awarded in order to produce a documentary film exploring some of the lesser known aspects of the Korean pop culture industry, as well as the various social situations that have led to its immense draw among the younger generation in South Korea today. You can view her proposal [here](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0l40N3JAKQ&feature=youtu.be).
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