DreamNow is a charitable organization that produces ideas that do good for the world.
As a producer, we bring together people, raise money and plan for the growth of ideas that we believe will do good for the world. We are a charity but some of the ideas we help grow are social enterprises while others are more traditional such as research programs.
United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development
Deadline: May 1st, 2009
The Deal:UNGAID is looking for youth who have used technology for community development projects. If you have found a way to use technology in an innovative way to change your community then you could win their fellowship which provides you with the opportunity to attend their conference in Monterrey, Mexico and be featured in a report that is going to the UN General Assembly.
The Deal: One Acre Fund is a development organization start up that deals with issues of hunger in Africa. They are offering a position that is a perfect 'starter' development job for recent graduates. They will do the training, they are looking for passion and a willingness to work and develop a career in international development.
+ DreamNow: A friend for ours named Ronald Tsang, who we know from the Board of the Youth Challenge Fund and a project called SECE, passed on this opportunity to us having spent three months working with the organization in Kenya and had exceptional things to say. Check it out.
The Deal: This is a conference for youth from New Brunswick that has been happening for ten years. It is put on by the Department of the Environment and is the culmination of a series of smaller events they held across the province. There is room for fifty youth from across the province.
+DreamNow: We are still talking to the organizers but it is a possibility that we may be at the conference with our Continuum program.
The Deal: SIG is a partnership between MaRs, The McConnell Foundation, The University of Waterloo and PLAN BC which has the purpose of building, scaling and researching social innovation growth in Canada. The position would be working under their Executive Director, Tim Draiman and with the team at MaRs in Toronto. This is a position with an organization that is a central hub of social entrepreneurship in Canada and an amazing opportunity.
+DreamNow: DreamNow has worked on and off with MaRs over the past three years on our Occupation: Change the World project, and on some strategic thinking around our Continuum program. Tim is a member of our advisory board and we can vouch that he would be a great person to work for.
The Deal: The man behind Wolverine, Hugh Jackman, is planning on giving $100,000 dollars away to the person that can convince him they deserve it in a 140 charachter 'tweet'. It may be a pretty large shot in the dark but then again it may be worth trying- it's only a sentence or two.
+DreamNow: DreamNow just got on Twitter about two days ago and we are just figuring it out. We are using it as a way to share some of the questions that the staff in our office are asking throughout our days-- the ideas being that it will give people an inside look into what we are thinking about as an organization and as individuals. If you have advice for us we would love to hear from you and if you want to follow us you can do so @dreamnoworg.
The Deal:UN Habitat has created a 2 million dollar fund that is for youth-led
projects that are based in developing countries. They are giving small grants of
$5000 and larger ones of $25 000 to young people between the ages of 15 to 32. It
is called the Opportunities Fund so
check it out and apply at the links below.
In an article entitled ‘Don’t
worry Canada, we will be there’, the CBC mentioned DreamNow and our
Occupation: Change the World project as an example of an organization that is
making a difference in the life of Gen Y’ers.
“This is a
generation after all that has been "raised on volunteer trips abroad,
climate change on TV and everything 'save the world,' " says Dev Aujla,
24, who would know.
Aujla is one of
those dynamic young leaders, the founder ofDreamNow,
an organization that seeks to find ways for young people to make money and
change the world at the same time.” ...
because society judges engagement in policy debate either through the political
process or benevolence, much of the work twenty-somethings are doing goes under
the radar," argues Aujla. And he's absolutely right.
The reality is
today's youth have a heightened understanding of the interconnectivity of the
problems we face and are attempting to find small, digestible chunks that we
can relate to and work with to bring about change.
The Deal: The Brower Youth Awards are given to six young
environmental leaders each year from the ages of13 to 22.In addition to the award, you receive $3000 dollars in cash, a week-long
trip to San Francisco, training, access
to media, contacts and a chance to present your work at the Bioneers Conference
+ DreamNow: Friends of ours from the Sierra Youth Coalition
have won this award in the past and we have had the chance to attend and work
with the Bioneers folks a few years ago. The award is an amazing opportunity
and has had several Canadian winners in the past.
YES! June 4th-11th 2009 The Deal: Thirty people get together in a beautiful
retreat center in the hills of West Virginia- no speakers, no workshops, just YES! facilitators
and conversation. You spend ten days talking about privilege, power and social
change and eat freshly cooked organic food.An amazing group of people come ranging from entertainers, activists,
young inheritors, foundation staff, entrepreneurs, authors, media personnel and
+ DreamNow: We have attended this gathering for two years. Once as a
participant and secondly as a facilitator. The conference is truly life
changing and the network and relationships you build go on to shape the rest of
your life. Let us know if you are interested and we will tell you more.
The Deal: Justmeans is one of the great places to search for a job that ‘makes
money and change the world’. They are hiring for a bunch of positions from a
European Business Development Director to people for their Editorial Advisory
Board. Positions are in New York + London.
+DreamNow: Just to illustrate how all of this ties together, the founder of
Justmeans was the same person that founded StartingBloc, who we mentioned
before. We were fellows of the StartingBloc program close to the beginning and
got to know Martin and the kinds of companies that he starts back then. The
work they have been doing at both Justmeans and StartingBloc has had a real
influence on our work with Occupation: Change the World.