Friday, June 14, 2013

"Solutionaries" at Millennial Impact Bootcamp

Huffington Post reports:

Millennials, like every generation, have their own jargon to communicate a message. But for many young people today, words such as "solutionaries" have more meaning than "yolo."

These very Gen-Yers are meeting in New York this week for Ignition 2013, a four-day event featuring social change seminars.

The event will feature talks from changemakers ranging from the novice to the accomplished, including Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group; Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO of the Acumen Fund and Bill Drayton, Founder and CEO of Ashoka at a Tuesday panel called "The Future Of Social Impact."

The special session will highlight research and open the discussion to young people who won the the Millennial Impact Challenge, a partnership initiative between the Huffington Post and Ignite Good, a branch of the Heartfelt Foundation that works to empower young people to create social change.

Ignition 2013 will honor 15 millennial-led organizations who have been awarded grants to carry out projects that create solutions that solve critical global and domestic issues. The group is in various stages of launching initiatives such as empowering Detroit students to be entrepreneurs or a pay-as-you-go system for solar energy to help off-grid families.

The four-day Ignition 2013 workshop includes, storytelling seminars, best practice strategies and talks from leaders in the space including Donors Choose CEO Charles Best, DoSomething COO Aria Finger and David Allen, the author of "Getting Things Done," among many others.

"Ignite Good is dedicated to maximizing millennial social impact. Society is on an unsustainable path, environmentally, socially and politically. Our immediate future is in jeopardy. If millennials fail to act en masse we will face far reaching consequences. However there is hope! We can overcome the daunting challenges we face, if we each do our part and find ways to work together. Ignite Good invests in the millennial generation by identifying, incentivizing and supporting high-impact leaders, by facilitating collaboration and by democratizing storytelling and movement building strategies."  From the Ignite Good website.

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