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Popularity is Power

Celebrating and rewarding businesses that innovate for the world benefit can be as simple as acknowledgement. By spreading motivational news and noble role models, we can provide inspiration for companies and individuals to take action for change.

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Crowd sourcing is a growing trend in society. Examples of Facebook "Likes", viral videos, Wikipedia, and Kickstarter to name a few, all use the power of average people to spread the word and make a difference. Popularity and knowledge can bring important altruistic ideas to the forefront. If we can find a way to educate the population of role models, then our task is to create an institution available to help implement ideas and collect support.

Included are a few examples of remarkable ideas that I hope by sharing will inspire you to share these with your friends.  It is difficult for one person to try to solve a world problem, but millions of people making small differences will make the changes of the future.

Please take a moment to watch a few videos and pass them on.

Information models that everyone should follow:
TED talks - Amazing and inspiring presentations by extraordinary people.
KhanAcademy.org - Free education


Justin Hall-Tipping: Freeing energy from the grid
     http://www.ted.com/talks/justin_hall_tipping_freeing_energy_from_the_grid.html
Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world
     http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world.html
Michael Pritchard: How to make filthy water drinkable
     http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/michael_pritchard_invents_a_water_filter.html
Beth Noveck: Demand a more open-source government
     http://www.ted.com/talks/beth_noveck_demand_a_more_open_source_government.html


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