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Shel Horowitz to host workshop on activism, business, and large-scale problem solving at Scaling Change

September 25, 2014

 

Shel Horowitz, founder of Green and Profitable and author of eight books including Guerrilla Marketing Goes Green, will hold a workshop for social entrepreneurs and film industry professionals on Saturday, September 27th in Dover, VT, at the Independent TV and Film Festival. Horowitz will discuss some of the most systemic problems in today’s world, and some ways that different sectors of society can work together to bring about positive change.

B Storytelling founder Julie Fahnestock to lead “Storytelling on Purpose” event at Scaling Change

September 25, 2014

 

Julie Fahnestock, founder of B Storytelling and regular contributor to 3BL Media and JustMeans, will be hosting a workshop for filmmakers and social entrepreneurs on Saturday, September 27th in Dover, VT, at the Independent TV and Film Festival. Fahnestock’s workshop will continue an event series dedicated to helping changemakers tailor and target their stories for maximum impact.

Amy Avergun to present “Learning from Our Crucibles” during Scaling Change

September 24, 2014

 

On the afternoon of Saturday, September 27th in Dover, VT, veteran instructional designer Amy Avergun, will be holding a workshop for social entrepreneurs and film industry professionals on how to face their challenges as they progress with their social good businesses. An expert in “brain-friendly” educational materials, Avergun will empower changemakers to identify the situations that tested them and take advantage of those stories as they develop their projects.

 

“While most of us would not choose to repeat those situations, there is much to be learned from them,” she says about the workshop. “We will help you mine your crucibles and recognize the value of using those learnings as you go forward with your latest endeavor.”

 

Lizabeth Phelps to present “Operation Poppyfield” at Scaling Change at ITVFest

September 24, 2014

 

Lizabeth Phelps, branding expert and founder of Inspired Leaders Academy, will lead an energetic workshop for social entrepreneurs and film industry representatives on Sunday, September 28th in Dover, VT, as part of a Scaling Change event series at the Independent TV and Film Festival. Phelps will help social entrepreneurs refine and leverage their unique brands to boost their social impact.

 

“Dream, Girl” Director Erin Bagwell to Discuss Kickstarter Success
at Scaling Change

September 24, 2014

 

Erin Bagwell, director of the documentary “Dream, Girl” will hold a talk for social entrepreneurs and filmmakers as part of Scaling Change’s collaboration with the Independent TV and Film Festival in Dover, VT. Bagwell will share what she learned during the highly successful Kickstarter campaign to fund “Dream, Girl,” a groundbreaking documentary that showcases the innovations of female entrepreneurs and CEOs to inspire young girls. Bagwell’s funding campaign for the documentary was as groundbreaking as the film—the documentary met its initial funding goals in just two days.

Transformational Entertainment Goes Center Stage at the Independent Television and Film Festival, September 26-28, 2014

September 23, 2014

The idea that film, TV, and web content can have far reaching implications for transforming humanity and the future of social good will take center stage at the 9th Annual Independent Television and Film Festival (ITVFest) in Dover, Vermont, September 26-28. Veteran marketing and PR professional, and transformational entertainment and media pioneer, John Raatz, will lend his considerable leadership in this arena.

Online video marketing expert Lou Bortone to run video production workshop for social entrepreneurs on final afternoon of Scaling Change

September 19, 2014

 

Television industry veteran and video marketing expert Lou Bortone will run a video production workshop for social entrepreneurs on the final day of Scaling Change at the Independent TV and Film Festival in Dover, VT. The afternoon of Sunday, September 28th, Bortone’s workshop will cap off a weekend of workshops and networking hosted by Scaling Change. Sharing more than two decades of experience in television and ten years of experience in online video, Bortone will work with changemakers to ensure that they leave the festival with a video clip that gets to the core of their message.

Julie Fahnestock, B Storytelling founder and 3BL/Justmeans contributor, to help social entrepreneurs tailor and target their stories at ITVFest

September 19, 2014

 

 

Julie Fahnestock, founder of B Storytelling and writer for 3BL Media and Justmeans, will be helping Scaling Change attendees craft their stories at ITVFest. Dedicated to telling the stories of businesses that blend profit with socially responsible missions, Julie will help social entrepreneurs find the voice that lets them bring their stories to a broader audience.

 

“Brain-friendly” instructional expert Amy Avergun to help changemakers craft their stories at ITVFest

September 18, 2014

 

 

Amy Avergun brings more than seventeen years of instructional design experience to the Scaling Change event at ITVFest, September 26-28 in Dover, VT. Avergun will work together with changemakers to help them get to the core of their stories, and tailor and target them for maximum impact.

 

“Amy has crafted a program that will make it effortless for social entrepreneurs to do the usually difficult work of understanding and expressing their own stories. She helps people say what they really mean. We’re thrilled to have her facilitating our workshops on Saturday,” said Scaling Change President, Valerie Vandermeer.

Inspired Leaders Academy founder and dynamic speaker Lizabeth Phelps to lead social entrepreneurs into crafting their story on Day One of  ITVFest

September 18, 2014

 

Lizabeth Phelps, founder of Inspired Leaders Academy, will be helping Scaling Change workshop attendees to hone their stories at ITVFest. Both a novelist and marketing veteran, Phelps will join changemakers as they work to craft memorable stories and frame them for maximum impact.

 

“We are lucky to have Lizabeth facilitating our program on Friday. She’s a brilliant and high energy dynamo who knows how to rock a room. I expect people to be inspired and energized by her leadership,” said Scaling Change President Valerie Vandermeer.

Shel Horowitz to help social entrepreneurs craft their story during Scaling Change at ITVFest

September 17, 2014

 

Shel Horowitz, author, speaker, consultant, and green ethical marketing expert, will be working with Scaling Change workshop attendees as they tailor and target their stories at ITVFest. Shel has written several best-selling books on how businesses can unite the profit motive with sustainable practices, including Frugal Marketing and Guerrilla Marketing Goes Green. During the festival, he will join changemakers as they work to get to the core of their stories and frame them for maximum impact.

John Raatz and Ami Dar to Discuss Social Entrepreneurs, Film, and the Future at a Special Presentation of Documentary “Who Cares?” at ITVFest

September 16, 2014

 

Ami Dar and John Raatz, two key thought leaders in very different fields, will meet at the intersection of the citizen sector and the film industry to initiate an essential dialogue about the changing climate of entertainment and media, and the opportunities these changes create for social good. The discussion will take place in the Scaling Change tent at ITVFest from 5-7pm on Saturday, September 27th, and will begin with a special presentation of the award-winning documentary, “Who Cares?”, directed by Mara Mourão. This important film showcases the work of eighteen social entrepreneurs from all over the world as they share their motivations, missions and projects, and serves as a valuable example of the changing entertainment world that the event hopes to explore.

 
Ami Dar -- Visionary Social Entrepreneur and Founder of the World's Largest Nonprofit Website Idealist.org -- to Give Keynote at Scaling Change at ITVFest

September 16, 2014

 

Ami Dar, the founder of Idealist.org, started imagining one of the internet’s most influential websites before the Web even existed, and at the 9th Annual Independent Television and Film Festival (ITVFest) in Dover, Vermont, September 26-28, he will share how a moment climbing a mountain in Chile, along with other events of his early life, crafted a personal story arc that led him to his current role as an architect of global connectivity for social good.

 

Ami was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Peru and Mexico, and lives in New York. As a child he witnessed extreme poverty that he says turned him into a "little social justice freak." His experiences as an Israeli paratrooper, along with an epiphany he had while hiking in Chile, led him to believe that all people should be able to work together across all the lines that separate us.

Transformational Entertainment Goes Center Stage at the Independent Television and Film Festival, September 26-28, 2014

September 15, 2014

 

The idea that film, TV, and web content can have far reaching implications for transforming humanity and the future of social good will take center stage at the 9th Annual Independent Television and Film Festival (ITVFest) in Dover, Vermont, September 26-28. Veteran marketing and PR professional, and transformational entertainment and media pioneer, John Raatz, will lend his considerable leadership in this arena as social entrepreneurs and socially conscious filmmakers alike explore how their messages for improving the world can reach a broader audience by working together. “We want to empower entertainment and media professionals and companies to produce and distribute content that inspires new awareness-based worldviews for global audiences,” said Raatz.

 

Justmeans/3BL Media Blog Features First-of-its-Kind Event: Storytelling for Social Entrepreneurs and Filmmakers

September 8, 2014

 

“Storytelling is essential for social entrepreneurs to succeed and it is often the missing piece of the puzzle for TV and film producers.” -Scaling Change Founder, Valerie Vandermeer

 

BOSTON, Massachusetts, September 12, 2014 – Justmeans, the leading community for CSR & Sustainability News and Content featured a story yesterday on Scaling Change’s groundbreaking partnership with the Independent Television and Film Festival, 

Scaling Change Promotes Idea-Sharing to Forge New Business Models for Social Good at ITVFest

September 8, 2014

 

Wellington Nogueira, founder of Doctors of Joy, believes that social entrepreneurs and corporations should come together to learn from each other and adopt proven strategies. “Could there be convergence in this process, and thereby the creation of a new model of management, a new model for a company that is born socially responsible, and that is only successful because everyone around it is also successful?” Scaling Change agrees that cross sector collaboration is essential to designing new approaches to social good and is starting this process at their innovative event bringing social entrepreneurs and filmmakers together at ITVFest.

Respect and Self-Development Essential First Steps in Initiating Sustainable Social Change

September 5, 2014

 

Eugênio Scannavino, doctor and founder of Saúde y Alegria, a rural Brazilian health education organization, recognizes that social projects need to be collaborative and self-sufficient to succeed. “If you want to do something for social inclusion, for poverty,” he says, “the first thing is to give people the tools they need to develop themselves, respecting them as brothers, as partners on a joint project.” Scaling Change embodies these ideals on multiple levels by forging partnerships across sectors and giving social entrepreneurs the tools to spread their ideas to larger audiences.

Towards a More Reflective, High-Impact Social Entrepreneurship

September 4, 2014

 

In the documentary, ‘Who Cares?’, Kiva.org president Premal Shah encourages young changemakers to “Ask what makes you come alive. For what the world needs are more people who have come alive.” Scaling Change is determined to help changemakers get to the core of their story, reflect on the parts of their mission that make them come alive, and figure out how to convey their passion to others.

Does Isolation Threaten the Potential for Social Entrepreneurs
to Bring Hope Back to Humanity?

September 3, 2014

 

Al Etmanski, co-founder of Canadian disabled persons advocacy group PLAN, has said that “The growth of the citizen sector is new hope for society, for humanity, for the world, but only if it doesn’t isolate itself. So the critical piece—for the growth of changemakers and of a citizen sector—is its consequence: engagement with the other sectors of society.” Now Scaling Change is creating an easy way for social entrepreneurs to connect with independent film industry leaders, so that these unique sectors can unleash innovative ideas at the Independent TV and Film Festival in Vermont.

 

Can Humanity Collaborate Its Way Out of Calamity?

August 2014

 

Oscar Rivas, Paraguayan water-rights activist and social entrepreneur, has said that “In the history of humanity...I believe this is the first time that we, as a species, have felt globally threatened.”  With this in mind, Scaling Change is reaching out across industries to foster the global collaboration needed to solve global problems by connecting social entrepreneurs and filmmakers to bring world-changing ideas to a much broader audience.

 

BOSTON, Massachusetts, August 28, 2014 – Scaling Change is spearheading new forms of collaboration and new spaces where representatives of different industries can work together to solve the world’s problems. This new organization has partnered with the Independent Television and Film Festival to turn a small New England town into a forum for social change and cross-industry collaboration, from September 26-28 in Dover Vermont.

 

Great ideas can make the world a better place, but they’re only part of the equation. By helping social entrepreneurs refine their 

Ideas to Shape the World Get a Chance at the Big Screen

August 2014

 

Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus is not alone when he asserts that “We are not guests here. We are creators, we create our own life, we create our own world.” Scaling Change connects social entrepreneurs with the resources they need to create the world they want to live in. Through an innovative partnership with iTVFest, they’re joining changemakers and  filmmakers to help ideas for social good reach farther.

 

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, August 27, 2014 – Scaling Change will be helping social entrepreneurs spread their world-changing ideas to a wider audience at an event in partnership with the Independent Television and Film Fest, September 26 - 28, 2014, in Dover, VT. This unique collaboration will give changemakers a shot to convince film industry insiders to bring their ideas on-screen.

 

Every morning of the festival, attendees will craft their pitch in collaborative workshops, with a team of marketing experts on