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Big Ideas@Berkeley: October Bulletin

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Big Ideas at Berkeley

unnamed Hack for a cause
November 21, 6:00pm South Hall
We are happy to announce the 2nd annual Social Innovation Hackathon, presented by IMSA! This year we are partnering with Heifer International who will provide real-world challenge sets that support their mission: “To work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.” >> Read more.

Oxfam Action Corp
b5444dd2-9aa6-43a5-9e3f-01b9723bd8eeConcerned about poverty and hunger on a global scale, but not sure how to make a difference at the local level? The Oxfam Action Corps is an exciting grassroots effort to stand up to poverty, hunger, and injustice around the world–starting right in your community. As a member of the Oxfam Action Corps you will campaign for global food justice with fellow Oxfam supporters in the Bay Area. You will gain advocacy experience, organizing skills, and expertise in poverty and food justice policy — all while having fun and making a better world. >> Read more.

Foundations & Further Funding
Scholarships, grants, and awards to support your project

Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award
Monday, November 3rd, 2014 at 11:59PM PST
7ffbcc4e-2532-4d5d-a7bb-19311acba4efWHO: All degree matriculated, post-baccalaureate UC Berkeley students from any department (Masters, Ph.D., or Professional Doctorate) are eligible to apply – as individuals or in teams.
WHAT: The Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) recognizes students and universities for their innovation in and research of sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social, economic, and environmental problems. An interdisciplinary UC Berkeley faculty selection committee including executives from Dow will review finalist presentations
WHEN: Submit your application to Kate Alper ( by Nov. 3 at 11:59PM PST. The winning team will be awarded a Grand Prize of $10,000 and the runner-up awarded $2,500. >> Read more.

Support & Scaling
Incubators and accelerators to take your idea further

USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures
90e06ea3-924c-44ea-acf9-38b260c06f49Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) is a USAID-sponsored quarterly grant program that provides support to successful new development initiatives in their testing, implementation, and expansion phases. DIV seeks applicants with innovative ideas with potential for cost-effective, widespread impact. >> Read more.

Events & Workshops
Events to meet peers and mentors and learn more

Pre-proposal Writing Workshop
November 3 / 6:30 pm / B100 Blum Hall
e2752476-03d0-4837-82dc-dfd6cddc9643Get guidance and feedback and how to effectively craft your Big Ideas pre-proposal. Eligible students are invited to submit a five-page pre-proposal by Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 12 noon PST via the website. Judges will select 3 to 6 teams in each category to continue on to the full proposal round of the contest in the spring. All pre-proposal teams will receive detailed feedback from the judges, regardless of whether or not they are selected as finalists. >> Read more.

Practitioner and Expert Panel on Soil Health and Ecosystem Services

Panel Discussion | November 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Morgan Lounge
Soil health is the basis for the ecosystem services that soils deliver to society, such as plant growth, erosion control, and pollutant mitigation. Its great importance to agriculture has prompted the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to develop a national Soil health Initiative to meet the challenges of farming in the 21st century. The NRCS has identified four key management practices that lead to soil health, while helping to ensure that soils will be resilient in the face of climate change and increasing demand for food as the world population grows and developing economies improve. >> Read more.

Practitioner in Residence: Jinnat Ara
November 17 / 11 am / 220A Blum Hall / RSVP here
634f8fcb-d950-4a52-8697-3a144e0c3b70We are pleased to announce the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Jinnat Ara, Senior Research Associate with BRAC and a DIL Practitioner in Residence, on November 17, 2014. Sign up here to secure a 30 minute meeting with Jinnat to talk about your development innovation ideas, and/or to get real-world feedback, perspectives, and mentoring from an experienced professional. >> Read more.

Resources to prepare you for success

e7bbd73e-20f2-4b72-bb8b-c9ea68f1a387The Time We Waste On Things That Never Happen By Frances Booth
Today I’m looking at an aspect of productivity that we tend to overlook: things that never happen.
Despite the fact that these things never happen, the amount of time we waste on them can be vast…
>> Read more.

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