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May 13, 2009

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May 13, 2009

Springboard innovation is an amazing community resource for people who want t learn how to launch their dreams, vision and/or innovations into reality. The founder, Amy Pearl, and all of the board, are an amazing wealth of knowlege, resources,and energy. They are eager to help and support anyone who is interested in social entrepreneurship The course I took from them was the best course I have ever taken.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the leadership, the knowlege, the friendship and the inspiration.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help people start up amazing endeavors that would make the world a better place.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 7, 2009

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May 7, 2009

Springboard Innovation is to me the greatest gift that any of us would-be social change-agents could have. I was a 'student' in Springboard's Local Agenda program. It is content rich. Those leading t... more

May 7, 2009

Springboard Innovation is to me the greatest gift that any of us would-be social change-agents could have. I was a 'student' in Springboard's Local Agenda program. It is a content rich, very supportive program. Those leading the program drew on their various experiences including:- experiential course design, non-profit founding and going through the Local Agenda program themselves. When we were fumbling and bumbling around with vague ideas I witnessed Amy Pearl, Executive Director, time after time, collapse those ideas into short, firm pictures. What a joy to us. Paul Osterlund, a Local Agenda graduate, was able to identify with us when we gritted our teeth in the most difficult part ... having to learn to stand up infront of others and verbalize what motivated us to embark on the journey that would lead us to found non-profit organizations. Springboard took us step-by-step through a process that is necessary but so hard to do on one's own. The support of a cohort group is invaluable. There's nothing like watching other people go through the same difficulties that you are grappling with and come out with detailed projects at the end. Throughout the process the Springboard staff, Board members and advisers were there to give us support. I'll bet alot of us were delighted and surprised that we accomplished what we did by the end of the course. We found talents within ourselves that we never knew we had. We simply would not have done that without Springboard. It gave us the courage to keep on keeping on. I would say that at this topsy turvy time of our lives, when we are 'It', if we ever want to see the kind of society about which we dream, Springboard is a model that needs to be copied many, many times over.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The number of fellow graduates of Springboard's Local Agenda program that have gone on to found non-profits and move to listing their projects with Springboard's ChangeXchange iniative.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the high quality of the various components ... experiential course, access to needed expertise, pushing and shoving when we may very well have given up problem-solving.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Nicely varied and all very capable people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Duplicate it's Local Agenda program all over this country.

Ways to make it better...

Hard to say as the steep road has caused me to focus on the accomplishments and rise every time I fell.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 7, 2009

Springboard Innovation is to me the greatest gift that any of us would-be social change-agents could have. I was a 'student' in Springboard's Local Agenda program. It is content rich. Those leading the program drew on their various experiences including:- experiential course design, non-profit founding and going through the Local Agenda program themselves. When we were fumbling and bumbling around with vague ideas I witnessed Amy Pearl collapse those ideas into short, firm pictures, time after time. What a joy to us. Paul Osterlund was able to identify with us when we gritted our teeth in the most difficult part ... having to learn to stand up infront of others and verbalize what motivated us to embark on the journey that would lead us to found non-profit organizations. Springboard took us step-by-step through a process that is necessary but so hard to do on one's own. The support of a cohort group is invaluable. There's nothing like watching other people go through the same difficulties that you are grappling with and come out with detailed projects at the end. Throughout the process the Springboard staff, Board members and advisers were there to give us support. I'll bet alot of us were delighted and surprised that we accomplished what we did by the end of the course. We found talents within ourselves that we never knew we had. We simply would not have done that without Springboard. It gave us the courage to keep on keeping on. I would say that at this topsy turvy time of our lives, when we are 'It', if we ever want to see the kind of society about which we dream, Springboard is a model that needs to be copied many, many times over.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The number of fellow graduates of Springboard's Local Agenda program that have gone on to found non-profits and move to listing their projects with Springboard's ChangeXchange iniative.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the high quality of the various components ... experiential course, access to expertise that we needed along the way, pushing and shoving when we may very well have given in to challenges,

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Nicely varied and all very capable people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Duplicate it's Local Agenda program all over this country.

Ways to make it better...

Hard to say as the steep road has caused me to focus on the accomplishments and rise every time I fell.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 6, 2009

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May 6, 2009

Springboard Innovation has created a completely innovative program, Local Agenda, to support everyday folks in developing a vision and then a business to promote social change. They have taken this concept to an entirely new level by developing a "social stock exchange", ChangeXchange, to obtain seed funding for these new business ideas. I took the first Local Agenda class and am now a "launcher' on ChangeXchange. Amy has inspired me to think in a completely new way and has mentored and supported me every step of the way. I cannot say enough good things about this organization and what they have done for me. Portland is very lucky to have this gift.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

really change the whole world.

Ways to make it better...

I hadn't been scared. Amy and her staff were very good at encouraging me every step of the way.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 5, 2009

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May 5, 2009

My first exposure to SI was attending the first forum. It was like walking into the answer to a big prayer, or a bunch of smaller prayers for the support and development of Rooms for Peace. It was quickly recognized that there was a beautiful match between Springboard Innovation and Rooms for Peace, and Amy and crew made it so easy and comfortable and welcoming to join as one of the Changexchange projects. I would be happy to talk at length about this support. Until SI came along, creative social profit grass roots projects had no road map or champion. That has all changed. I hope many many more of you will choose to let Springboard Innovation bring your ideas to the surface, support their development, and launch them into the world. Amy and her team are social change angels!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the results of this organization in the fire of hope kindled in the eyes of many who attend the events and engage in the program. I am one of those with new fire in my eyes.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it to Amy to do.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

hard to choose. Is it the people? Is it learning about the ideas? Is it the technical support? Is it the birth and growth of hope in all of us?

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful, professional, friendly, supportive, talented, enthusiastic, creative,

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

turn that 10 million into 10 billion for social profit.

Ways to make it better...

I had started at the beginning of the program. However I didn't know about it at the time I was starting.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

bridging the gap between where they are now and when there are 40-50 organizations listed and hundreds more in the pipeline.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am so blessed to be a part of this group of people bringing this idea to fruition.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 5, 2009

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May 5, 2009

I thought I was a creative thinker until I met the Springboard team. Stop grappling with your existential angst and take this class.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I created a fantastic project for the right person. Steal my idea please.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Homework...research will set you free!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Highly professional, smart and kind dynamos.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Launch a bunch of entrepreneurs

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 27, 2009

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April 27, 2009

Springboard Innovation offers those interested in social profit work support, guidance and opportunity that are not available anywhere else. Springboard Innovation truly supports community led community change! I participated in the Local Agenda workshops, a series of classes that help those interested in developing new ideas for sustainable social profit projects. I would highly recommend the Local Agenda workshops. To read more about the Local Agenda workshops see this site - http://www.learninginnovation.org/LocalAgenda.php I also have attended a number of the Social Innovation Forums. These events highlight current projects or programs in the community. The Forums are a great place to make connections with others. I am most excited about the ChangeXchange, (www.thechangexchange.org ), an online tools that allows new social profit projects to list their projects and for members of the public to support these innovative, sustainable projects though small (or large!) donations. You can support social change with just a $5.00 donation. Give it a try!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

* Great support to clients * Supporting new social profit projects

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

* Meeting others who were interested in similar ideas

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

* Dedicated, compassionate, smart!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

* Change the world for the better!

Ways to make it better...

I had half the energy of the staff

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 25, 2009

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April 25, 2009

The sooner the launchers get off this website the better, so that more great ideas can take their place and the world and all its systems and ways of doing things will make sense once again.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

10 socially innovative businesses being launched in Portland, Oregon on the ChangeXchange!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be tired, but gratified. They are doing wonderful work.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting like-minded people with the drive to do what needs to be done.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

angelic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

pretty much make sure everyone in the world healthy, fed, quenched, smart, affirmed, and happy, all by encouraging people to act on their intuition and dreams.

Ways to make it better...

We had more direction post launch of the ChangeXchange website, in order to drive more people to the site and raise money for our businesses.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the saturation of other similar websites and the social innovation climate in general. These folks are for real!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm so happy I found Springboard.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 24, 2009

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April 24, 2009

Springboard Innovation is an amazing new organization, offering the missing pieces needed to bring innovation to the masses - from the masses! It has a variety of components, from training "everyday people" to identify the issues that they are most passionate about, to helping them imagine, create and fund solutions to address the core problems. SI leads people from the idea of “be the change” into the reality of their own lives, for the good of their communities. The idea of taking social entrepreneurship from the exclusive few to the mainstream is exhilarating, the power will be massive!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The people around Portland who have graduated from their Local Agenda training program who are now beginning to apply their solutions to local/global issues.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The spirit of inclusion, believing that anyone can be an effective change-maker.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Positive, well educated, available and committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Replicate their organization and results around the US, creating "innovation centers" in major cities. Creating thousands of new change-makers and launching just as many innovative solutions to today's most pressing issues.

Ways to make it better...

I had had this training, network and support when I created my NGO years ago.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 24, 2009

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April 24, 2009

I think Springboard Innovation brings to regular people some of the best curricula, training and web resources that let people like me see a way to get from a problem to a solution. I retired from my professional career and was potently influenced by the work of Springboard, so that I create a social venture called Abundance Farming Project. AFP enables subsistence farmers in developing economies to offset the impact of water scarcity and increase food crop yields, using a starch-based biodegradable superabsorbent soil amendment, distributed through established NGOs. While that is a mouthful, my point is Springboard’s work enables people to make a difference in a powerful way that they would not be able to do on their own. Their Innovative Cities model is a pathway for citizen led social ventures supported by needed infrastructure with cities. With Springboard’s newest capacity building tool, ChangeXchange, (www.thechangexchange.org ) emerging social ventures as well as established non-profits, who want to develop sustaining strategies, can list their projects for seed funding and for connecting with a broad base of supporters who invest in the social value returns, in $5 shares. Springboard Innovation provides tools for citizen led social change that can be implemented on a large scale, city by city, and a wonderful opportunity for grassroots philanthropy with ChangeXchange.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my Abundance Farming Project development and exhibited with other social ventures, including those that can be seen on www.thechangexchange.org; Springboard trains regular people to launch sustainable and innovative social entrepreneurial projects.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

enable a city-by-city expansion using a proven method for enabling citizen led change, and develop local infrastructure to maximize the impact of the new social enterprises and provide methods for updating the financial models of existing non-profits...that reaches urban and rural communities.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 23, 2009

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April 23, 2009

I have taken the Local Agenda Course, a series of workshops that support new social entrepreneurs. Here are some thoughts that I have about what the course offers that I haven't found elsewhere and why I think it is a fantastic and worthy organization to support. Each workshop spoke to the spark inside me that is flickering on the verge of ignition and has empowered me to keep on working toward my goals of 'doing good' and 'making a difference.' The workshops were a container for me, a place where I could be fully present to what it is that keeps pulling at me to be born. The format of the course series has a beautiful way of providing support that is both respectful and nurturing. We are doing difficult work trying to bring forth powerful ideas and these workshops honor that and encourage us to work hard and dig in. I am very appreciative of the opportunity to have been a participant.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

it's providing support to emerging social entrepreneurs.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their dedication and support for social entrepreneurism.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Engaged and supportive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help a lot of people start amazing organizations.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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