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How Can You 'Change the Web?'

By Tom Watson on February 23, 20092 Comments

changethewebGot an idea for how to use a massive database of opportunities to help make the world a better place – a widget, a feed, an application, a new website? Then it’s time to plug into Social Actions’ just-launched Change the Web Challenge for a chance to win part of a $10,000 prize – and quite literally, change the web for the better.

Social Actions, a nonprofit online initiative, has created an open database of 60,000+ actions from 40+ sites – including GlobalGiving,,,, Nabuur, TakingITGlobal,, and VolunteerMatch.  “Now we want to get these actions out there – onto the websites, blogs and social networks that millions of people visit everyday,” says the organization in a blog post announcing the contest. “Next time inspiration strikes you to make a difference, the opportunities to take action will be but one click away.”

CauseWired Communications is proud to be a media sponsor of Change the Web, so look for continued updates here! [Social Actions' work  will be familiar to readers of this blog and CauseWired.]

Writes Change the Web organizer Joe Solomon:

We’re also inviting folks to organize Change the Web Events around the world.  Also, the Change the Web Conversation Series may be of interest (online chats to explore using specific technology platforms for good, like Facebook, Twitter, iPhone) – with rock stars like @kanter @amanda (global organizer of Twestival) and Susan Gordon of Causes and others on board!

Developers are invited to dig into the Developer Resources and join the Social Actions’ Developers Google Group. There’s also an idea hub where anyone can vote for and share ideas for the challenge – we’ll be encouraging developers to review the hub throughout the challenge.

In his blog post, Joe laid out the whole Change the Web premise:

What the Change the Web Challenge is about is getting these actions out there – by helping people find and share actions on the websites, blogs and social networks that we all visit everyday.

Ehren Foss wrote in an email yesterday “I hope the tech community realizes how greatly their work will be amplified through Change the Web.” Through creating widgets, gadgets, plugins, extensions, applications, and more ways to help people find or discover actions on everday-websites – we hope developers will use their skills to create explosions of real-world change all over the globe!

Winners will be announced  at contest host NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference in late April. And Social Actions has some great sponsors for the contest: PayPal, Convio, TakePart, and Challenge Your World. Media sponsors are CauseWired Communications, Mashable, NTEN, Ode Magazine, Osocio, Livingston Communications, ProgrammableWeb, Replyforall, See3 Communications, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Techvibes. Tech sponsors include Mozilla and WordPress.

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