"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"


Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)



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Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster



INTRODUCTION

Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Good ldea

Location: San Francisco, CA

Website: www.agoodideasf.org

A Good Idea is a vehicle for positive social change ideas that connect people in need with people who want to help to alleviate homelessness and poverty. We build these connections for positive social change through service, education, and technology.

A Good Idea creates solutions for social issues by forming teams of experts and volunteers, implementing proven social change models, and driving the overall process through compassion and empathy.

Call to Arms (SF & NJ) :
Call to Arms is a direct service event for the members of our community who are currently homeless. Instead of asking the people we serve to come to us during our Call to Arms events, we go to them, literally meeting them in their environment.

A Good Day (SF) :
A Good Day events are large service events and celebrations that connect people in need with volunteers. A Good Idea’s first A Good Day event took place on December 13th, 2008 and brought together 75 members of the community who were homeless with over 100 volunteers for a day of celebrating the significant strides our guests had made.

Intentional Acts of Kindness (SF) :
Each quarter, A Good Idea hosts one of its more unique, events called Intentional Acts of Kindness. This event was the first event AGI ever hosted and has been the most written and talked about event to date for the organization. It’s simply what the name says…an event where people come together to do nice things for random people.

Poker Players Against Poverty :
The (PPAP) program will be a collective of current and rising stars in the poker community to support our fight against poverty. This support will be shown through financial support (i.e. 2% of a player's annual tournament winnings or an initial contribution), spreading awareness, and participating in one service event each year. PPAP will not only serve as an excellent positive outlet for young, up and coming players but will allow these players to leave a legacy for themselves outside of the poker world through positive press, promotion, and goodwill.

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