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StartingBloc: Building Connections Between Social Innovators

Nominated by Elizabeth Yang

Bettering the world is an ambitious agenda for any individual. So imagine a global network of 1,100 movers and shakers, infected by a shared StartingBloc experience, crazily doing good work on different social causes that are world changing. The universal connection: StartingBloc’s signature Social Innovation Institutes — an organization deserving of your attention. Attendees commit themselves to one of the Institutes, hosted in New York, Boston, and London, for an intense learning experience. As I know from experience, by the end, you don’t want to leave.

StartingBloc’s Institutes produce a fun and natural synergy that compels you to “act now” with your decision to change the world. The distinct curriculums focus on developing today’s emerging leaders through the perspective of social innovations and enterprises. The Institutes connect strangers from anywhere to collaborate on innovative ideas, build on existing ones, and to tap into resources hardly considered before for one single purpose — changing the world with a cause that is important to you regardless of sectors. The uniqueness of the organization, as I’ve come to value, is changing the world through an uncommon perspective that forces creativity and resilient commitment.

StartingBloc is sustained by only two full-time employees and the rest are like me — volunteers.

Read stories from StartingBloc Fellows here.

See a StartingBloc video here.

Photo credit: Robyn Tsukayama, Starting Bloc.

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