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Win big in 'Makers of More' contest

Published:Friday | December 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Rob Wilson, director of Ashoka in London, announces the 'Makers of More' contest at The Oval Space in London on October 16. - Photos by Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer
Emily Kasriel (left), associate fellow, Said Business School, University of Oxford, and Joan Webley, Jamaican attorney, who participated in the 'Makers of More' Summit in London in October.
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Arthur Guinness Projects and Ashoka have announced 'Makers of More', an exciting challenge to find people whose innovative ideas and inspirational work help unlock their community's potential.

The challenge, launched at the 'Makers of More Summit' in the Oval Space, East London, in October, is open to an individual, or group, who has a project, or an idea for a project, that will enhance the community in which it will be activated.

Closing date for entries is December 19. A fund of €50,000 will be distributed among the winners, as decided by a panel of expert judges. A grand prize of €30,000 will be awarded to one overall winner along with two runner-up prizes of €10,000. There are two early entry prizes of €500 each.

Arthur Guinness Projects and Ashoka Changemakers are seeking projects in the following categories:

Economic - making livelihoods more economically resilient, affordable housing, investment clubs to support small businesses, networks that increase idea sharing.

Environmental - enabling communities to develop in a more sustainable way and protect local environments.

Culture & Technology - combining art, design, and technology to enrich your community's social fabric, vibrant community spaces, technology platforms for citizen engagement and better communication.

Global Positive Change

"We are delighted to announce the 'Makers of More' challenge and look forward to supporting the fantastic and inspiring ideas from social entrepreneurs around the world. By supporting those who have passion and enthusiasm, with genuinely innovative ideas, we are continuing to play a role in helping to facilitate positive change in communities around the world," said Carol Montgomery of Arthur Guinness Projects.

"The 'Makers of More' initiative is a unique opportunity for all community changemakers to apply for funding so that they can launch, or sustain, their innovative ideas," said Diana Wells, president of Ashoka. "Together with Arthur Guinness Projects, we are taking another big leap toward realising an 'Everyone a Changemaker' world.

More than 300 social entrepreneurs and changemakers from around the world gathered at the 'Makers of More Summit' in London in October, to discuss and develop solutions to the world's most pressing social and environmental problems.

Chaired by Emily Kasriel, Emily Kasriel, associate fellow, Said Business School, University of Oxford and BBC World Service, the event also featured talks from inspiring social entrepreneurs Alexander McLean, founder of Africa Prisons Projects in Uganda, Pamela Chng of Bettr Barista in Singapore, Nadya Fadila Salib of Wangsa Jelita in Indonesia, Ken Banks of kiwanja.net & FrontlineSMS in the UK and Joan Webley of Nanook Enterprises in Jamaica.

Full information on the competition can be found at www.changemakers.com/makersofmore.