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CREDO Donates Nearly $200,000 to Fight NSA Spying and Keystone XL, and Provide Medical Support to Victims of Civil War

CREDO Empowers Customers to Support Progressive Nonprofits

San Francisco, CA – CREDO, America’s only progressive phone company, announced today that it is donating a total of $199,982 to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Friends of the Earth and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to boost the nonprofits’ efforts as they work to provide aid to distressed populations, and fight back against attacks on civil liberties and the environment.

Doctors Without Borders, Friends of the Earth and the Electronic Frontier Foundation were nominated by CREDO customers and chosen among hundreds of nonprofits to be featured as the three groups eligible in the month of February to receive funding. CREDO customers then helped decide how much money each nonprofit received by simply voting online or via phone or text.

Friends of the Earth received 37 percent, which added up to $73,993 in funding. One of our best allies in the fight against Keystone XL, Friends of the Earth has been a leader in exposing the corrupted State Department vetting process of foreign oil company TransCanada. The global network representing 74 different countries engages in hard-hitting campaigns to fight for what is needed to protect the planet – not just what is easy and popular.

“CREDO has been a great partner with Friends of the Earth to advocate for solutions to climate change and defend the Clean Air Act. We are grateful for their support and to have them as a progressive ally in the fight for a more healthy and just world.”—Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) received 21 percent, which added up to $41,996 in funding. EFF is our first line of defense when our freedoms in the networked world come under attack. It’s a leader in the fight to end the NSA’s illegal mass surveillance programs and to block policies that allow censorship of our Internet and abusive copyright protections that stifle free speech for corporate profit.

“CREDO is building a better, freer future for technology users worldwide,” said Richard Esguerra, development director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Doctors Without Borders received 42 percent, which added up to $83,992 in funding. The organization’s doctors and nurses provide urgent medical care in some of the most dangerous regions of the world where war and catastrophe are threatening lives – including current operations in response to conflicts in the Central African Republic and South Sudan. Doctors Without Borders is also a leading opponent of provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that have the potential to block access to affordable medicine in the developing world.

Every month, three progressive nonprofits will be eligible for funding through CREDO’s donations program. CREDO has donated more than $76 million to organizations committed to social change since the company was founded in 1985. To read more about CREDO’s donations program, go here: http://www.credomobile.com/mission/progressive-social-change.aspx

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CONTACT: Sarah Lane at sarahlane@credoaction.com

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Activate Instruction Allows Educators To Access Free Curriculum From Specific Schools

Recently created website allows educators to access content from specific top-performing schools and teachers nationwide for first time, free-of-charge

San Jose, Calif. – Starting today, educators can search and access nearly 2,000 educational playlists created by specific schools and teachers, thanks to the free website Activate Instruction, the Girard Education Foundation announced today. Activate Instruction (Activate) includes curriculum from some of the nation’s highest-performing public school systems. Recent upgrades allow teachers to collaborate with one another on playlists, regardless of where teachers are located.

These new online features are being unveiled at the launch of the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference in San Jose, CA March 3-6, where nearly 3,000 school leaders, teachers and business partners will discuss innovations – including education technology such as Activate – that can be used to drive student achievement.

“Teachers are working hard to prepare their students for Common Core, with limited access to updated resources,” said Michele Hansen, president and CEO of the Girard Education Foundation, whose philanthropic support enables teachers, parents and students to access the website at no cost. “Activate Instruction facilitates teacher collaboration and makes it easy for teachers to access quality content from high-performing schools for free.”

Teachers on Activate – who number nearly 4,000 – can now search for, and follow, sets of more than 18,000 resources (including nearly 2,000 playlists). Many of these resources have been uploaded by high-performing schools that have voluntarily shared their content. Those schools include: Summit Public Schools in the Bay Area, High Tech High in San Diego, and Da Vinci Schools and KIPP LA Schools in Los Angeles. Teachers can even follow other teachers’ specific playlists, creating the opportunity for teachers’ work to be recognized nationally.

“Charter public schools in California have been laboratories of innovation for years and we are pleased to see that several of the top-performers are now sharing their successful curriculum through Activate Instruction,” said Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association – the organization hosting this year’s charter school conference. “With Activate, both charter and traditional school systems can work together in the spirit of our conference’s theme of achievement through innovation.”

The new collaboration feature also allows teachers to follow specific schools. In addition, teachers will now be able to share their playlists and resources, enabling educators to collaborate and organize their resources together.

Activate Instruction is a free website where teachers can browse, search, rate, add, share, and organize their favorite Common Core-aligned resources, and put them together in personalized playlists for students. Activate provides access to comprehensive grade 6-12 curriculum, soon expanding to K-12, in nearly all subject areas, including math, English, and science. Preliminary results of a survey of teachers and administrators found that the majority of teachers using Activate would recommend it to their peers. In addition, the survey found that the majority of teachers found Activate helpful in personalizing student learning and in lesson planning.

About Activate Instruction

Activate Instruction is a free website funded and managed by the nonprofit Girard Education Foundation. Through providing teachers and schools with high-quality educational resources tailored to individual student needs, the foundation hopes to enable every student to have a personally enriching learning experience that prepares him or her to succeed in life. Girard Education Foundation collaborated with technology experts at Illuminate Education, Inc., and outstanding educators at Summit Public Schools to create the new Activate Instruction website over the last two years. To learn more about Activate Instruction, read Frequently Asked Questions and visit: Activate Instruction.

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Contact:
Adam Ratliff
Larson Communications
(415) 722-0739

The Secrets To Success Revealed! Author Celebrates Book Release In NYC

March 3, 2014—New York, NY: On Wednesday February 26th, 2014 author Charles A. Archer celebrated the release of his latest book Everybody Paddles: A CEO Strategic Guide to Building Company Consensus.

Charles A. Archer

This event was held at the Carlton Hotel in New York City and was hosted by the author and motivational speaker Charles A. Archer. Born and raised in an underserved community in Brooklyn, Charles share the six principles he has applied in his life to achieve personal success, which includes building an organization with an annual revenue of $25 million.

Archer is CEO of the Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving People In Need, a NY based non-profit agency aiding individuals and families who are intellectually — and developmentally — disabled in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. He has had accomplishments and he’s sharing his methods in his book.

Charles A. Archer, Guy Stanley Philoche, Dr. Theodore Hanley, Stacie Henderson, Peter Borish

The book examines Archer’s principles for company/enterprise achievements and features the accounts from other successful New Yorkers, who also share their secrets to success and attended the event to help celebrate the book launch. Teamwork is the basic focus of the “Everybody Paddles” book and initiative, which is why it was important to Charles that he include the experiences of the contributing authors in this book. They include:

Stacie Henderson, VP of Marketing Westfield World Trade Center, which opens in late 2014

Stacie Henderson

Peter Borish, founder chairman & CEO of Computer Trading Corporation (CTC). As well as the founding investor and member of the board of directors of Charitybuzz.

Peter Borish, Guy Stanley Philoche, Dr. Theodore Hanley, Charles A. Archer

Guy Stanley Philoche, acclaimed New York based artist

Dr. Theodore Hanley, Chief of Anesthesia & Pain Management at Woodhull North Brooklyn Health Network

Dr. Theodore Hanley, Guy Stanley Philoche, Stacie Henderson, Peter Borish, Charles A. Archer

Charles is currently in Trinadad & Tobago as part of his Caribbean book tour. He’s already promoted the book in Barbados and St. Kitts and Nevis and is continuing to spread the message globally. “When Everybody Paddles — at the same time in the same direction towards the same goal, we win,” reads part of the promotional material for event.

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ABOUT EVERYBODY PADDLES:

Everybody Paddles is the blueprint for building office teamwork and camaraderie created by management guru Charles A. Archer. Drawing on his extensive background as a lawyer and head of a large New York social service agency, Archer has created a movement that has evolved into a premier management model used by organizations and companies in the US and abroad. For more information about the Everybody Paddles movement click here.

Media Contact: Jenelle Hamilton – Jenelle@JenelleHamilton.com / Tel: 646.421.9139 (cell)

Activate Instruction Allows Educators To Access Free Curriculum From Specific Schools

Recently created website allows educators to access content from specific top-performing schools and teachers nationwide for first time, free-of-charge

San Jose, Calif. – Starting today, educators can search and access nearly 2,000 educational playlists created by specific schools and teachers, thanks to the free website Activate Instruction, the Girard Education Foundation announced today. Activate Instruction (Activate) includes curriculum from some of the nation’s highest-performing public school systems. Recent upgrades allow teachers to collaborate with one another on playlists, regardless of where teachers are located. 

These new online features are being unveiled at the launch of the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference in San Jose, CA March 3-6, where nearly 3,000 school leaders, teachers and business partners will discuss innovations – including education technology such as Activate – that can be used to drive student achievement.

“Teachers are working hard to prepare their students for Common Core, with limited access to updated resources,” said Michele Hansen, president and CEO of the Girard Education Foundation, whose philanthropic support enables teachers, parents and students to access the website at no cost. “Activate Instruction facilitates teacher collaboration and makes it easy for teachers to access quality content from high-performing schools for free.”

Teachers on Activate – who number nearly 4,000 – can now search for, and follow, sets of more than 18,000 resources (including nearly 2,000 playlists). Many of these resources have been uploaded by high-performing schools that have voluntarily shared their content. Those schools include: Summit Public Schools in the Bay Area, High Tech High in San Diego, and Da Vinci Schools and KIPP LA Schools in Los Angeles. Teachers can even follow other teachers’ specific playlists, creating the opportunity for teachers’ work to be recognized nationally. 

“Charter public schools in California have been laboratories of innovation for years and we are pleased to see that several of the top-performers are now sharing their successful curriculum through Activate Instruction,” said Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association – the organization hosting this year’s charter school conference. “With Activate, both charter and traditional school systems can work together in the spirit of our conference’s theme of achievement through innovation.”

The new collaboration feature also allows teachers to follow specific schools. In addition, teachers will now be able to share their playlists and resources, enabling educators to collaborate and organize their resources together.

Activate Instruction is a free website where teachers can browse, search, rate, add, share, and organize their favorite Common Core-aligned resources, and put them together in personalized playlists for students. Activate provides access to comprehensive grade 6-12 curriculum, soon expanding to K-12, in nearly all subject areas, including math, English, and science. Preliminary results of a survey of teachers and administrators found that the majority of teachers using Activate would recommend it to their peers. In addition, the survey found that the majority of teachers found Activate helpful in personalizing student learning and in lesson planning.

About Activate Instruction

Activate Instruction is a free website funded and managed by the nonprofit Girard Education Foundation. Through providing teachers and schools with high-quality educational resources tailored to individual student needs, the foundation hopes to enable every student to have a personally enriching learning experience that prepares him or her to succeed in life. Girard Education Foundation collaborated with technology experts at Illuminate Education, Inc., and outstanding educators at Summit Public Schools to create the new Activate Instruction website over the last two years. To learn more about Activate Instruction, read Frequently Asked Questions and visit: Activate Instruction.

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Contact: 
Adam Ratliff 
March 4, 2014 Larson Communications 
(415) 722-0739

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Equity Crowdfunding Industry in Canada Announces New Alliance

March 3, 2014 – Toronto, Canada – Today, a group of companies and individuals dedicated to the developing Equity Crowdfunding industry in Canada, announced that they have come together by establishing the Equity Crowdfunding Alliance of Canada (ECFA Canada), Canada’s first equity only Crowdfunding alliance.

These companies and individuals, including funding portals through which Equity Crowdfunding is offered, professionals and vendors to the industry, are united in the common purposes of promoting Equity Crowdfunding in Canada, educating the public and their members about Equity Crowdfunding, establishing best practices for the Equity Crowdfunding industry and providing many networking opportunities for like-minded individuals.

Explanation of Equity Crowdfunding

Equity Crowdfunding involves businesses raising investment capital on-line through the internet and giving investors an equity stake in their companies. Equity Crowdfunding has now been established in different countries around the world and currently hundreds of millions of dollars are being raised globally through Equity Crowdfunding.

Oscar Jofre, Co-Chair of ECFA Canada states, “All of us are excited about this new Alliance that brings together individuals and firms, from different parts of Canada and the Canadian capital raising industry, to develop what we believe will completely alter the capital raising landscape in Canada.”

ECFA Canada’s Mandates

Some of the key mandates of ECFA Canada include:

  1. Educating the public, media and Canadian securities regulators about Equity Crowdfunding; 
  2. Guiding issuers and investors into Equity Crowdfunding and on to success; 
  3. Helping funding portals set-up and comply with applicable Canadian securities laws; and 
  4. Working with issuers, funding portals angel investors, venture capital firms registered dealers and other capital markets participants in developing the Equity Crowdfunding eco-system.

Sandi Gilbert Co-Founder of ECFA Canada says, “Finally, securities and the internet are coming together in a manner that makes capital raising easier, more transparent and beneficial for both investors and companies looking to raise capital.”

Executive Council Founders:

ECFA Canada is represented by all stakeholders in the eco-system of Equity Crowdfunding in Canada and today, we would like to introduce our founders:

Oscar A Jofre, President/CEO, BoardSuite Inc.,
Member, Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates
Executive Council Member, MidMarket Alliance
Co-Chair, ECFA Canada

Brian Koscak, Chair, Private Capital Markets Association of Canada (formerly, the Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada)
Member, Ontario Securities Commission’s Exempt Market Advisory Committee
Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Co-Chair, ECFA Canada

Raphael Bouskila, President & CTO, CoPower

Jason Futko, President of Brook Capital

Sandi Gilbert, CEO, SeedsUp Canada
COO, The Exempt Capital Network
Director, National Angel Capital Organization

Calvin McElroy, President of NexKapital

Matthew McGrath, President and CEO, CLM Associates

Tim McKillican, President of Open Avenue

Jeff Musson, Founder, North of 41 
President, Dynamitenetwork.com

Marcus New, President and Founder of InvestX Capital Ltd.
President, Stockhouse Publishing Ltd.

Andrew Patricio, President/CEO of Bizlaunch

Carlos Pinto Lobo, Chief Compliance Officer, MaRS VX

Sean Stanleigh, Product Manager of Report on Small Business and Drive, The Globe and Mail

Peter-Paul van Hoeken, President, Silver Maples Ventures Inc.

Upcoming Conferences and Events

In 2014, ECFA Canada will be hosting conferences in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal and other webinars and networking events. They are for investors, issuers (companies looking to raise capital), Equity Crowdfunding portals, dealers and professionals who make up the eco system of Equity Crowdfunding and investing in Canada.

About Equity Crowdfunding Alliance of Canada

The Equity Crowdfunding Alliance is represented by companies and individuals with an interest in Equity Crowdfunding in Canada. ECFA Canada’s mandate includes supporting, educating and developing the Equity Crowdfunding industry in Canada.

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If you want to get involved in Equity Crowdfunding in Canada, then join ECFA Canada today at www.ecfacanada.ca ; the Alliance that is going to transform equity investing in Canada.

For more information contact:

Oscar A. Jofre
Co-Chair, ECFA Canada
416-528-1968

Oscar.Jofre@BoardSuite.co
@boardsuite on twitter
@ECFACanada on twitter
Co-Chair, ECFA Canada

Brian Koscak
bkoscak@casselsbrock.com
@briankoscak on twitter
www.briankoscak.com
416-860-2955

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The Two Leading Organizations In Strategic Philanthropy Education, Networking, And Thought Leadership Legally Merge

New York (March 3, 2014) — The London- and New York-based Institute for Philanthropy and the San Francisco-based The Philanthropy Workshop West, the leaders in strategic philanthropy education, networking, and thought leadership, legally merged effective March 1, 2014.

Leadership from the two not-for-profit charities announced the marriage from their San Francisco, New York, and London offices in a video conference with members.

Several forward-thinking philanthropists, foundations, and advisors are at the heart of the creation and evolution of the two organizations, including the Rockefeller Foundation, leadership from HRH the Prince of Wales’s charities, the TOSA Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

The new entity will have offices in London, New York, and San Francisco, and be named The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW).

The two respective brands and websites (www.instituteforphilanthropy.org and www.tpwwest.org) will continue to operate until the organizations are fully integrated. TPW anticipates formally announcing its merger this summer in New York.

“Along with our co-vice chairs Olana Hirsch Khan and Bea Hollond, and other fellow board members, we’re taking an exciting step forward in building the Philanthropy Workshop, together,” Katherine Lorenz, the Philanthropy Workshop’s new board chair, said. “TPW’s combined network of more than 300 philanthropists—all trained in strategic philanthropy by our organizations—is the largest of its kind and unique to the field of philanthropy.”

The network hails largely from the United States and the United Kingdom with significant numbers from Canada and countries throughout Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia.

The two leading organizations in strategic philanthropy education, networking, and thought leadership legally merge

“Full alignment and integration of our two groups requires thoughtful and diligent planning,” Glen Galaich, the Philanthropy Workshop’s chief executive officer, said. “The Philanthropy Workshop will leverage the strengths of our founding organizations to bring members stronger programming, a broader network, and a united position as the foremost influencers of strategic and innovative philanthropy in the global community.”

Within a confidential forum of fellow philanthropists, participants in the Philanthropy Workshop’s “cohorts” acquire a roadmap for strategic philanthropy—the knowledge, skills, and networks necessary to achieve impact in financial giving and social investing, and to realize their full potential as philanthropists.

TPW’s curriculum includes case studies, site visits, peer discussions, and skills-building sessions, meeting with some of the best thinkers and leaders in philanthropy, including community and leading social entrepreneurs, and visiting organizations crafting solutions to local and global issues. Each cohort participates in three weeklong modules in different parts of the world, with an optional fourth module in Washington, DC.

“Strategic philanthropy is a rigorous discipline, requiring an excellent grounding in both theory and practice,” Tracy Mack Parker, executive vice president of the Philanthropy Workshop, said. “It’s not about quantifying assets as much as the need to be intellectually curious and seriously committed to, and optimistic about, making lasting change.”

World Design Impact Prize 2013-2014 Winner Announced

Montreal (Canada), 3 March 2014 – The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) awarded the 2013-2014 World Design Impact Prize to A Behaviour Changing (ABC) Syringe, developed by Dr. David Swann from the University of Huddersfield (United Kingdom) during an awards ceremony at the World Design Capital® (WDC) International Design Gala in Cape Town (South Africa) on 28 February 2014.

Established by Icsid in 2010, the World Design Impact Prize is an award that recognises excellence and diverse ways of addressing societal challenges. It leverages Icsid’s vast global membership network to champion possible solutions to global issues like poverty and the effects of industrialisation and consumerism on sustainability and society. Ultimately, the initiative also aims to acknowledge industrial design driven projects from around the world that are making a significant difference in the lives of individuals at the most basic level.

During his address at the WDC Design Gala, which gathered over 270 attendees, Dr. Brandon Gien, President of Icsid – the world organisation for industrial design – stated that “By recognising projects such as the ones submitted for the World Design Impact Prize, Icsid can promote the ever expanding field of industrial design, which drives such recent practices as social entrepreneurship, micro financing and humanitarian design, as well as showcases the value of the design and its impact on systems and experiences.”

There are numerous issues related to the unsafe usage of syringes, but rather than create a new type of syringe (where a single £0.03 device can take years to get FDA approval and millions to produce), the ABC Syringe is an intelligent label that provides an easy way to recognise, which syringes have been used versus those that have not and costs closer to £30,000 to create and takes only 3 months for FDA approval. It is a universal communication tool regardless of literacy.

In 2008, the World Health Organisation calculated the global incidences of diseases transmitted through unsafe injection practices. In total, these unsafe injections led to a reported 1.3 million deaths, 340,000 HIV infections, 15 million Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infections, 1 million Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infections, 3 million bacterial infections and 850,000 injection site abscesses.

The patented innovation triggers people’s innate sensitivity to risk through a persuasive colour change via a label which turns red once it has been exposed to carbon dioxide, or more simply, once it has been taken out of its sealed and sterilised packaging warning literate and illiterate patients of prior use – a strategy validated on the streets of Mumbai with 100% efficacy to date. Impact estimation indicates that by year 5, the ABC Syringe could prevent 700,000 unsafe injections, save 6.5 million life years and $130 million in medical costs in India alone.

ABC Syringe, the Winner of the World Design Impact Prize 2013-2014

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Swann thanked his project colleagues Marc Koska, Peter Evans and Helen Moller for their support and acknowledged John Heskett, who sadly passed away this week stating that “Like most of my generation, his book was the first design book I read and set me on my journey.”

The ABC Syringe was among the three Finalist projects for this second cycle of the World Design Impact Prize, including Biolite Homestove; represented by Dr. Ethan Kay and the Refugee Housing Unit; represented by Mr. Johan Karlsson. All three projects were further discussed during a ‘Design and Impact’ workshop the following day.

BioLite HomeStove, the Finalist of The World Design Impact Prize 2013-2014

Refugee Housing Unit, the Finalist of The World Design Impact Prize 2013-2014

The 2013-2014 World Design Impact Prize winner was presented with this year’s trophy – a keepsake commissioned by Charles Haupt of local design gallery Bronze Age, in collaboration with Porky Hefer of Animal Farm. The concept was modelled on the now famous “dolosse” which was designed by South African draughtsman Aubrey Kruger in 1966 to protect the harbour breakwater from stormy seas. Harbour engineer, Eric Merrifield liked the concept and design and it was further developed, cast in concrete and successfully placed along the seaward edge of the breakwater.

The simplicity of the dolos is the key to its success. The dolos works well because it does not resist the power of the ocean. Rather, its three dimensional shape and the spaces between the solid concrete pods, dissipate the energy of the waves. Furthermore, as dolosse interlock loosely with one another, they jointly form an interconnected superstructure that rocks and rolls with the sea. It is one of the only man-made structures that doesn’t get weaker over time but stronger as they knit together.

The World Design Impact Prize trophy features a cluster of six dolosse. One will be attached to the base, the others will be loose to allow for dynamic change in the overall design.

World Design Impact Prize 2013-2014 Trophy

More information about the three finalist projects can be found in the accompanying press kit or by visiting the World Design Impact Prize website at www.worlddesignimpact.org

For more information please contact:

Mariam Masud
Icsid Project Development Officer
t: + 1 514 448 4949 ext. 228
e: mmasud@icsid.org

Natalie Dutil
Icsid Communications Officer
t: + 1 514 448 4949 ext. 223
e: ndutil@icsid.org

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About the World Design Impact Prize

The World Design Impact Prize is a biennial designation created to recognise, empower and stimulate socially responsible design projects around the world. Established by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), the World Design Impact Prize will honour and reward industrial design driven projects that are making a positive impact on our social, economic, cultural and/or environmental quality of life.

By drawing from the expertise of Icsid’s network, the World Design Impact Prize creates an exciting opportunity for members and the general public to play an active role in recognising and honouring projects, and project partners, that create a better world through design. Furthermore, the establishment of a prize specifically for industrial design driven projects will produce tangible examples, best practices and socially responsible industrial designs that will help shape the future of the profession.
www.worlddesignimpact.org
www.pinterest.com/icsid/design-for-good/

About the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid)

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is a non-profit organisation that protects and promotes the interests of the profession of industrial design. Founded in 1957, Icsid serves as a unified voice of over 50 nations through which members can express their views and be heard on an international platform. Since its inception, Icsid has continued to develop its wide-reaching network of students and professionals devoted to the recognition, success and growth of the industrial design community. Together, professional associations, promotional societies, educational institutions, government bodies and corporations create a comprehensive and diverse system on the forefront of industrial design education and progress.
www.icsid.org
www.facbook.com/Icsid
www.twitter.com/Icsid

Cleveland Museum of Art Receives $10 million Gift Enabling Museum to Build on Mission and Core Principles

Visionary gift connects the museum with the life of the community

CLEVELAND (March 3, 2014) — The Cleveland Museum of Art announces a $10 million gift by an anonymous donor that will further strengthen the hallmarks of the museum’s guiding vision: scholarship, artistic excellence and community engagement. These three pillars reinforce the museum’s regional and international reputation and serve as a bridge to both the neighborhood and global communities.

The generous gift has enabled the museum to establish two endowments, one to support community engagement activities and the other for interpretation of the collection. The final component of the gift helped make possible the December 2013 acquisition of the Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Ralph Benkaim Collection of Deccan and Mughal Paintings, an unparalleled private collection of 95 works from India’s major Islamic courts. This noteworthy acquisition fulfilled a critical need in the collection, along with the museum’s ability to engage and educate visitors of all races, religions and socio-economic backgrounds.

“This incredibly generous gift really touches upon the fundamental initiatives of the Cleveland Museum of Art,” said Fred Bidwell, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s interim director. “The establishment of the two endowments and the Benkaim Collection acquisition reflect the museum’s mission and help to leverage this vision to optimally benefit its diverse communities. Adhering to the highest standards of excellence in scholarship, artistic excellence and community engagement, the museum can contribute to and enhance the quality of life of Northeast Ohio citizens and beyond.”

The Cleveland Museum of Art recently began to strategically consider its community engagement program and elected to transition from a traditional community arts model into a more comprehensive, multi-faceted effort. This new effort was identified and defined through a special taskforce, the Community Engagement 360˚ Committee, comprised of 20 community leaders and museum leadership. The community engagement endowment established by this anonymous gift will help advance the museum’s groundbreaking new community engagement strategy and its related activities. Through this comprehensive initiative, the museum will most fully embody the concept of local and regional relevance, actively connecting the museum with the life of the community.

The establishment of the interpretation endowment invests in research, curriculum development and interpretation. This endowment gift completes the museum’s efforts to match a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The endowment directly supports the museum’s interpretation staff and the development of humanities-based interpretive materials that makes possible refreshed gallery interpretation, program modification and technology updates that enhance the visitor experience. Through interpretive tools like interactive technology and in-gallery interpreters, visitors can connect with the varying perspectives on works of art and their cultural histories.

The Benkaim Collection, which immediately elevates the museum to a world-class leader in Deccan and Mughal Paintings, was made possible by part of the gift. The Benkaim Collection contains rare folios and has been represented in many publications. Christian subjects are represented along with Hindu and Muslim themes; the collection of works offers an opportunity to encourage tolerance and respect for differing ideas and beliefs, reflecting some of the museum’s highest aspirations. Thoughtfully and selectively building the permanent collection allows unparalleled opportunities for the museum’s diverse community to enjoy and learn.

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About the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes almost 45,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. The museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts and art education and recently completed an ambitious, multi-phase renovation and expansion project across its campus. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the dynamic University Circle neighborhood.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is supported by a broad range of individuals, foundations and businesses in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. The museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Additional support comes from the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. For more information about the museum, its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit www.ClevelandArt.org.

Contact:
Caroline Guscott
Communications Manager
Marketing and Communications
The Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-1797

T 216-707-2261
F 216-707-6521

www.ClevelandArt.org

Patronomy launches First Affiliate Marketing Program for Crowd Funding

What’s the most important part of launching a Crowd Funding Campaign? At the end of the day, it’s a numbers game. Get enough backers and you will succeed. 

So what’s the biggest problem most project owners face? They simply don’t know enough people!

Nigel Roth is the founder of Patronomy.com and his Crowd Funding Platform has the key difference that Affiliate Marketing is at the core of their approach of how to drive projects to the site and then reward Affiliates for bringing backers to those projects. 

Good Affiliate Marketers are experts in reaching target audiences in almost any vertical. The larger networks get millions of impressions a day, so it’s really a no-brainer to harness that volume.

According to Roth, Patronomy provides Project Owners with support before launch, during campaigns, and in an ongoing long term partnership. “We believe in supporting our project owners in all aspects of their business, from the first stages of project presentation through to the final stages of delivery logistics and ongoing sales. Affiliate Marketing is just one of those Added Value Services but for most project owners it may well be the only way they will succeed.”

Of course, there is a cost, but any project that hasn’t worked out its marketing budget is not what the platform is looking for. The advantage of using Affiliates is that the setup cost is low and the cost is a calculated percentage of what is raised.

Typical Project Owners will be entrepreneurs with a solid business plan and that doesn’t rule out non-profits either. They may be in any industry or location. An interesting innovation of the platform is the use of Royalties as Rewards which may be useful alternative to the now overburdened regulations of equity crowdfunding.

The Project Referral Program is run on the ShareaSale Network and Affiliates are paid for valid leads. The Project Funding Program is run in-house and Affiliates are paid a percentage determined by the Project Owner. More details can be found on the website, www.patronomy.com/affiliates.asp

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$1 Million In “New Digital Age Grants” Awarded By Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt To Organizations Fighting Global Challenges

Announcement of the grants coincides with the paperback release of his New York Times bestselling book The New Digital Age, co-authored by Jared Cohen

NEW YORK, NY (February 24, 2014) — Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has donated $1 million to establish the New Digital Age Grants, which will be awarded next month to organizations around the globe that are using technology to solve pressing human problems.

The focus of the grants grew out of the book Schmidt and Google Ideas director Jared Cohen co-authored, THE NEW DIGITAL AGE, which will be released in paperback on March 4 by Vintage Books. In writing the book, Schmidt and Cohen traveled around the world to more than 40 countries—including North Korea, North Africa, and China—to explore how technology could be used to improve lives, especially in nations where access to information is severely restricted.

“In writing THE NEW DIGITAL AGE, Jared and I developed a strong belief in the power of technology to address some of the thorniest global challenges, a belief which was strengthened with each country we visited,” Schmidt said. “We felt it was important to recognize the work being done by non-profits that show promise in these areas. Receiving a New Digital Age Grant should accelerate their work in a meaningful way.”

Each of the grantees—which will be announced on Monday, March 10—fight some of the book’s central challenges: repressive censorship, crime, or natural disasters. Each uses technology in innovative ways. Some are based in academic institutions, others are stand-alone; and some are based in the U.S., while others are abroad. Yet each one is helping ensure that technology will be a force for good as five billion people connect to the Internet for the first time in the coming years.

The New Digital Age Grants are being funded through a private donation by Eric and Wendy Schmidt.

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Contact:

Angela Baggetta
Goldberg McDuffie Communications
212-705-4221, abaggetta@goldbergmcduffie.com

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