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connect / 2015



Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by ChallengeMaker

With this grant there will be no end to the good we can do for our community.

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Conduct research
  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project
  • Mobilize for systems change
  • There is no limit to the good we can do with this tool.

How will your proposal improve the following “Connect” metrics?

  • Rates of volunteerism
  • Voting rates by race
  • Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support
  • Attendance at cultural events
  • Number of public transit riders
  • Participation in neighborhood councils
  • Percentage of Angelenos that volunteer informally (Dream Metric)
  • Government responsiveness to residents’ needs (Dream Metric)
  • Transit-accessible housing and employment (the share of housing units and percentage of jobs that are located near transit)
  • Total number of local social media friends and connections (Dream Metric)
  • Attendance at public/open streets gatherings (Dream Metric)
  • Residential segregation (Dream Metric)
  • Access to free wifi (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to connect.

People often feel like they don’t do enough to make the world a better place. It’s difficult to find the time to volunteer, and for the average person, vetting which charity to give to is extremely difficult and time-consuming. We must feel good about how we help our communities to be happy, but we don’t. ChallengeMaker fills that hole instantly. When someone receives a challenge, the choice is easy. Either accept a challenge (it could be something like hiking, eating healthier or simply reading to a child), or donate a small amount of money to a charity or nonprofit. Hit the accept button without even having to decide and you feel better already. Complete a challenge or donate and you feel great. Challenging others is a fun way to connect with friends. When your friends give it counts as part of your giving total and that feels great. The same goes for the people they challenge and so on. ChallengeMaker is the connection people are yearning for.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

Our goal is to raise $10,000,000 for nonprofits by the end of our first year.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)
  • Education/training
  • Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support
  • Quality improvement research