At Worldchanging, one of our three main missions is to practice attention philanthropy.
Attention philanthropy is a gift of notice. In a noisy world, deluged in advertising, overrun with PR flacks and crowded with the superficial, one of the biggest barriers to success for a small, good idea or noble enterprise can simply be getting noticed in the first place.
Attention philanthropy is all about shining a light on good work, work worth supporting: it is grant-making that deals in praise, rather than money (though because many funders, journalists and change makers read Worldchanging -- and because these usually kick up a lot of buzz -- the result is usually also more media coverage, funding and networking opportunities).
Over the past few weeks, we have reached out to our network of friends and allies around the world, inviting them to become guest grant makers. Many of them responded by giving the gift of attention to a person, cause or resource they think deserves more attention than it gets.*
This week, we are presenting their "grants" – pithy spotlights of people and projects around the world -- in five days of concentrated attention philanthropy. We're pleased that the result reads like a globally sourced catalog of some of the sharpest innovators and cutting-edge institutions that you may not yet have heard of.
Here's your chance to do a simple, good thing. If the work you find on these pages inspires you, learn more. Visit their websites, contribute to their projects and, above all, help us spread the word far and wide.
And if you'd like to contribute an attention grant of your own, please click here.
Check back each day from May 25-28 as we add to the collection!
*Although we gave our grantmakers free reign to select almost any project that inspired them, we did require that they limit their submissions to projects in which they do not have a financial stake.
This solar charity project builds photovoltaic infrastructure in the U.S. while funding global poverty programs with revenue from the sale of electricity and carbon credits produced by the solar array: ChannelYourEnergy.org
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