Help Kopernik Get More Innovative Technologies to People in Need

Guest post by: Cindy Nawilis

Chase Community Giving is giving away $3 million in grants to 100 small, local charities and Kopernik – an NGO in the Social Good Startup, that distributes technologies like solar lamps and clean, efficient cookstoves to poor last mile communities – needs your help to win.

All you need to do is vote via Facebook.

Voting is easy, just follow these steps:

1. Go to and “Like” the Chase Community Giving App on the top left of your page.

2. Click the green “Vote and share” button for your vote to count towards Kopernik.

3. Encourage your friends and family to do the same.

The voting window lasts only until November 22, and Kopernik needs you to take action to make a difference.

So what are you waiting for, go ahead and vote!

Cindy Nawilis

Cindy Nawilis is Project Officer of Kopernik, an on-line marketplace of innovative, life-changing technologies designed for the developing world. Check out what they do and the technologies they offer at


Business with a Purpose Business Models

I stumbled into Business Model Alchemist via Holy Kaw. If you’re into social entrepreneurship – looking into business models that has something to do with social and environmental impact, like I am – take a look at this presentation below for inspirations.

Using the Internet to Scale, a Study

An interesting piece about success story from the social entrepreneurship world. KaBOOM!, a Washington DC based organization, is breaking new ground for using internet to scale, according a study by Monitor Institute. (h/t Steve Case)

By taking an online approach, KaBOOM! has dramatically increased its outcomes instead while lowering its direct costs. In 2009, it’s online outreach helped people build more than 1,600 do-it-yourself (DIY) playgrounds in communities around the U.S. – almost as many as the nonprofit has assembled directly over the past 14 years. 

That’s quite a leap.

Some of their strategies that can be adopted for business:

  • integrate online with offline strategies to ’empower people’ to self-organize around the non-profit’s model for social change. This approach is similar to Barack Obama’s campaign. (Social Pulpit: Barack Obama Social Media Toolkit)
  • make things simple for others to use. 
  • don’t try to control the DIY or brand they use – in other word – “lose control.”

Another thing is a good example of how Creative Commons is use for the distribution of this report. Monitor Institute obviously wanted to put more mileage on this report by letting the readers share the content of this study with others. (read more: Copyright vs. Creative Commons

Breaking New Ground Using the Internet to Scale