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Monthly Archives: February 2018

“Solar Project in a Box” Program Empowers Citizens To Power Communities

RE-volv’s Solar Champion program trains volunteers to bring solar energy to nonprofits nationwide

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – RE-volv, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, announced today a new program to empower citizens across the country to spearhead local solar energy projects. The initiative, called the Solar Champion program, trains volunteers to lead crowdfunding campaigns that will provide the upfront capital for community nonprofits to go solar.

“RE-volv’s Solar Champion program is a new way for people to bring clean energy to their communities,” said Andreas Karelas, RE-volv’s founder and Executive Director. “We’ve created a unique tool for citizens’ toolboxes to fight climate change. Now people have a path to go beyond personal action or policy support; you can actually drive clean energy solutions locally.”

The Solar Champion program’s website provides a “solar project in a box,” a first-of-its-kind free resource that offers step-by-step tutorials and videos to train volunteers on how to help local nonprofits go solar. The program aims to empower local groups and individuals to spearhead climate solutions that benefit their community.

RE-volv is currently recruiting Solar Champion teams for two projects in the East Bay: the Northern California Land Trust, a multifamily affordable housing complex in Berkeley, which will be installed by GRID Alternatives, and the Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland, a member of Interfaith Power and Light. Volunteers who are interested can find out more at RE-volv.org.

“GRID Alternatives is excited to be partnering with RE-volv,” said Zach Franklin, GRID Alternatives’ Chief Strategy Officer. “Its innovative finance model is going to help bring solar power to smaller nonprofits like the Northern California Land Trust that might not otherwise have had solar finance opportunities available to them.”

An estimated 1.5 million nonprofits in the U.S. face financial barriers to obtaining solar power as they do not qualify for solar tax credits or are too small to attract traditional investors. These nonprofits miss out on the financial benefits of solar, which they could use to further support the communities they serve. RE-volv’s model helps bridge this funding gap for organizations that provide valuable public services to vulnerable communities, including homeless shelters, schools, community centers, and houses of worship.

Before launching, RE-volv completed two successful pilot projects in Oakland using the Solar Champion model; Harbor House, which serves refugee, immigrant, and low-income families with after-school programs and ESL classes, and Faith Baptist Church, which gives out over 100 tons of food each year to people in need in East Oakland. The Faith Baptist Church campaign received the support of matching funds from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

“As a Solar Champion, I was directly involved in a project that benefits the community, and the environment, for decades to come,” said Sonja Marwood, who led the Faith Baptist Church project and now works as a solar installer at SunWork Renewable Energy Projects. “It is gratifying to know the energy and effort I put in will help so many people.”

The Solar Champion program is modeled off RE-volv’s Solar Ambassador program, a year-long fellowship that provides valuable career skills to college students by training them to bring solar to nonprofits in their communities. Students from over a dozen schools have participated in the program.

To date, RE-volv has crowdfunded 11 solar projects (150+ kW of capacity) in four states and signed 17 solar leases in six states. Thanks to the solar installations, these 11 nonprofits are expected to save between 15 and 50 percent on their electric bills, totaling more than $1.5 million of savings over the life of the energy systems. RE-volv’s solar revolving fund, the Solar Seed Fund, is now worth over $700,000 in future lease payments, which will be used to finance at least 20 more solar energy projects.


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Having Overcome Anorexia, She Helps Others Do the Same

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Robyn Shumer didn’t ever want to weigh 40 pounds. Before she was ten years old, she developed anorexia. To this day, she faces the effects of the disease. Courageously, she recently opened up about her story to help raise more than $10,000 for Project Heal on CaringCrowd.org.

Preliminary Interview with Robyn Shumer Who Raised Over $10K for Project Heal.

The following is a brief pre-interview that provides context for the recorded interview you may watch or listen to at the top of this article.

Crowdfunding page: https://www.caringcrowd.org/heal-people-eating-disorders

What is the purpose of your crowdfunding campaign?

Our goal is to provide treatment assistance to as many applicants as possible.

Project HEAL’s financial assistance program is their trademark service. They fund both inpatient, residential, intensive outpatient/partial hospitalization, as well as outpatient treatment for individuals who wish to recover from eating disorders but find their financial means lacking. Project HEAL’s primary criteria for selecting grant recipients is motivation. They fund applicants who want to recover from their eating disorders, and are ready to do the hard work required.

Each potential treatment grant recipient must submit a detailed application that asks about motivation for recovery, current medical status and symptoms, medical and financial information including any treatment history, plans for after treatment, and preferences for treatment. All of this information is reviewed on a quarterly basis by Project HEAL’s Clinical Advisory Board (“CAB”), which includes a team of ten international expert clinicians in the eating disorder field.

Finalists are interviewed by the CAB, and awards are made based on current funds and the level of treatment requested by the applicant. Their CAB members and program manager follow up with grant recipients quarterly during their treatment, and subsequently, every six months for two years after treatment. Finally, Project Heal’s Co-Founders speak with grant recipients before, during, and after treatment, providing valuable and meaningful human interaction and personal support.

More about Project Heal:

Twitter: @theprojectheal

Facebook: facebook.com/ProjectHEAL

Website: theprojectheal.org/

Project HEAL is the leading non-profit in the US delivering prevention, treatment financing, and recovery support for people suffering from eating disorders.

For-profit or Nonprofit: 501(c)3 Nonprofit

More about CaringCrowd:

Twitter: @caringcrowd @jnjcares

Facebook: facebook.com/CaringCrowdPublicHealth/

Website: www.caringcrowd.org

CaringCrowd(R) is a crowdfunding site 100% dedicated to global public health. Individuals who want to support public health can browse projects that need funding and make a pledge to help. Any 501(c)(3) non-profit can submit a project and funding goal for consideration on the platform. Then, submitted projects are reviewed by a team of advisors to ensure they fall within our definition of public health. This platform was created by Johnson & Johnson as a driver for collaboration on global public health, and as a new way to bring funding to organizations tackling key public health challenges on the ground.

Robyn Shumer
Photo credit: Donate A Photo

Robyn Shumer’s bio:

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robyn-shumer-mph-1a150a15/

Influential, inspirational leader and trainer with proven success in program management and talent development, doubling the size of the J&J Bridges program and successfully expanding the program into APAC, all three sectors and Enterprise.  Excellent communicator with collaborative leadership style.  Broad experience aligning with global partners in the businesses and HR. Effective change agent with the ability to act both strategically and tactically.  Deep understanding of shaping and delivering strategic programs and training plans based on identified needs. Faculty for the Center for Leadership & Development’s Captivating Communications course; JNJ Global Citizen Faculty; J&J Employee Ambassador; JNJ Virtual Notebook Mentor; Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

I connect people and solve the problem of disconnection.  I do so by listening to people, for what is said and more importantly, for what is not said. I teach others to speak in a language that others understand.

My work reaches many organizations and all of the JNJ sectors creating a diverse and comprehensive network in which we’ve successfully broken down bottlenecks to drive lean and efficient processes forward. This includes process harmonization; creative sharing of resources and ultimately opportunities for talent and the businesses.

I strive for people to leave interactions with me feeling better than they did prior to and I aim to connect the right people at the right time so everyone can become the best versions of themselves that they can.

I also work very hard to help people re-engineer movement into their lives and do a lot of coaching around wellness. I’m a HUGE advocate of JNJ’s ‘7 Minute App and have completed The Human Performance Institute’s Energy for Performance in Life Train-the-Trainer and teach yoga, incorporating mindfulness, movement and breathing into my work every day.

What Makes You A Social Entrepreneur?

I am a social entrepreneur at work and home and here’s why.

At work, my full time job is developing people – creating opportunities for them to diversify their skills and competencies and bring a unique perspective to the drug development process at JNJ.  I create up encounters with VIP role models and bring them to the people as a way to develop the leadership skills of our future leaders.  And to me, this exemplifies the social entrepreneur mindset of creating solutions to cultural issues.

A key component of my work is teaching personal branding and helping others to develop self-awareness and to close gaps and to develop strategies so that others may perceive them as they wish to be perceived.   By creating these opportunities for participants we are providing the businesses with a dedicated talent bringing a new perspective to their challenges and are SHAPING a culture of collaboration at JNJ.

Personally I am active in my kids’ schools, community and successfully led the funding of the Project HEAL fundraiser on CaringCrow®) which will help 2 people with an eating disorder obtain treatment, thus contributing to the ‘social’ aspect of social entrepreneur.

I’ve been on my town’s board of health and the volunteer director of a food pantry and was my town’s volunteer of the year many years ago.  When a food franchise promised the food pantry a $1,500 donation and didn’t deliver, I advocated and obtained the donation after an investigative reporter ran a story about the promise on the nightly news.

I advocate for people in many ways.  Another example is coaching displaced homemakers who left their homes/jobs due to domestic violence and are trying to re-enter the workforce.

Derek Fetzer

Derek Fetzer’s bio:

Twitter: @derekfetzer

Linkedin: http://linkedin.com/in/derekfetzer

Co-founder and Team Leader of CARINGCROWD®. Originally an industrial engineer from Peru and from Purdue University, Derek has over 23 years of strategy, consulting, and business analytics experience across different industries, spanning the US, EU, and Latin America. For the last 10 years, Derek has worked in the area of infectious diseases, collaborating on key product launches in HIV/AIDS, HCV, and tuberculosis. His career interest is in improving access to healthcare around the world by empowering the “crowd.”


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Global Contraceptive Use Rising but More Progress Needed to Reach Target

Press Release – By July 2017, more than 309 million women and girls were using modern contraception in 69 focus countries identified by Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), a movement created in 2012 by four core partners, 38.8 million more than in 2012.

This information came out in FP2020’s annual report “The Way Ahead, 2016-2017,” released in December. It reported that use of modern contraception in these 69 countries from July 2016-July 2017 prevented 84 million unintended pregnancies, 26 million unsafe abortions and 125,000 maternal deaths. This is all great news.

It came with some less-than-great news. FP 2020 has set the goal of reaching 120 million new users in the eight years between 2012 and 2020 – or 15 million every year. By that measure, we should have reached 75 million new users by mid-2017, and 38.8 million is only 52% of that.

Clearly, we have a lot more work to do to reach the 120 million target.

One of the things that can help us make more progress towards is new and renewed commitments. At the 2017 Family Planning Summit in London, 75 commitment-makers stepped forward with commitments – including 25 partners making commitments for the first time.

Beth Schlachter, executive director of FP2020, says the 120 million target is still relevant, though unlikely to be met by 2020. But she said that “we are an estimated 30 percent over the progress level that would have happened had there not been the FP2020 partnership.”

A DKT Nigeria counselor talks to a group of women in a low-income a neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria about their contraceptive options.
Photo by David J. Olson

Schlachter says the S-Curve pattern of modern contraceptive growth presented in the report is a good way to spot opportunities for future growth. The S-Curve divides the 69 countries between 15 countries with “high prevalence and growth slowing and leveling off,” 13 countries with “low prevalence and slow growth” and 41 countries where rapid growth can occur. It is in these 41 countries – half of which are in sub-Saharan Africa – where rapid growth is likely to occur which can propel us to the 120 million target.

But the international family planning community also faces new challenges..

A Kaiser Family Foundation report released in December found that donor government funding for family planning fell in 2016 for the second year in a row, dropping from $1.34 billion in 2015 to $1.19 billion in 2016. Much of this decrease was due to exchange rate fluctuations and the timing of donor disbursements but 22 percent of it came from actual cuts in funding from donor countries including the U.S. and the U.K., the two largest donors.

Related challenges have come from the Trump Administration —the re-imposition of the Global Gag Rule, or the Mexico City Policy, trying to cut U.S. funding for family planning to zero and cuts in support for the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA).

However, congressional appropriators ignored Trump’s request to zero out international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs in his proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget request and so the U.S. government is still operating at FY 2017 levels requested by the Obama Administration and signed by the Trump Administration, according to Craig Lasher, senior fellow at Population Action International. The House of Representatives has appropriated $461 million and the Senate $622.5 million for FP/RH for FY 2018 but those amounts will have to be reconciled in a final budget bill (the FY 2017 appropriated level for FP/RH was $607.5 million).

In the meantime, says Lasher, there have been a growing number of reports of funding shortfalls at the field level in some countries across health and development sectors.

The reinstatement and expansion of the Global Gag Rule, which occurred on Jan. 23, 2017, is starting to make its impact known. One organization that has been particularly hard hit is Marie Stopes International, which estimates that 2 million women it would otherwise have served will be denied sexual and reproductive health services as a result of the order. Poor communities in Madagascar, Zimbabwe and Uganda are already feeling the effects of the expanded policy. The International Planned Parenthood Federation says that it stands to lose $100 million and that its member organizations are feeling the impact in 29 countries.

The significant contribution of social marketing should also be highlighted. In 2017, the social marketing organization DKT International released its annual report on contraceptive social marketing statistics showing that 97 contraceptive social marketing programs in 59 countries delivered 74.9 million couple years of protection (CYPs) in 2016. This is 9.4 million CYPs more than the 65.5 million CYPs generated in 2012, when FP2020 was launched.

DKT President & CEO Chris Purdy says that the focus should be on stimulating demand for modern contraception. “I continue to believe that the emphasis needs to be on education and behaviour change,” he said. “The supply chain will rise to meet demand, but investments to increase uptake among women and men are needed.”

Schlachter says the key to reaching 120 million is better alignment of resources and working together to shape ambitious and achievable programs at the country level and getting partners to unite behind them.

This FP2020 press release summarizes the report.


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Ramblers Way Unveils Investment Opportunity on SeedInvest

Responsibly sourced, skillfully crafted clothing company seeks to build future of sustainable apparel

Press Release – KENNEBUNK, Maine, Feb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/Ramblers Way, the sustainable clothing company dedicated to making clothing in America, announced today that it has partnered with SeedInvest, the foremost equity crowdfunding platform, to open an investment opportunity to interested parties.

Ramblers Way was born in 2009 when sustainability pioneer and founder of Tom’s of Maine, Tom Chappell, returned from a hiking trip across Wales. Inspired to create a next-to-skin shirt that would keep him warm, soak up sweat, and didn’t rub uncomfortably against the skin, Tom built Ramblers Way with a commitment to protecting the planet and supporting local economies.

Integrating lifelong values of doing good while doing business, Ramblers Way identified Rambouillet Merino wool, which has a superfine diameter and long staple, as its primary fiber. Using a superior spinning process called “worsted” in which the fibers are spun in parallel, Ramblers Way clothing eliminates the traditional itch of wool.

Today, Ramblers Way produces high-quality clothing, sourced from the finest wool fibers. Each garment uses a soft and lightweight fabric made especially for unnoticeable protection and next-to-skin comfort. Ramblers Way offers a variety of all-season essentials for men and women at four retail locations across New England as well as online.

“At Ramblers Way, we’re driven by the passion to create quality, sustainable apparel that takes you from office to outdoors. We’ve worked tirelessly to ensure our commitment to environmental sustainability was at the core of our business, from the farms we work with, to the packaging and printing we use,” said Tom Chappell, CEO of Ramblers Way. “With our first crowdfunding campaign, we’re creating an opportunity for people who are passionate about skillfully crafted clothing to invest with us in a sustainable future.”

Ramblers Way is the first American company to offer organic wool clothing certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The GOTS certified 100% organic clothing includes an Organic Wool Camisole and Organic Wool Sleeveless Swing Dress, among other items. Ramblers Way depends on GOTS to ensure it’s acquiring certified organic wool. GOTS is a rigorous certification that uses independent bodies to verify compliance at each step of the supply chain, from the moment wool is purchased to when it becomes a garment at one of the company’s factories in the U.S.

Ramblers Way is also Cradle to Cradle Certified™, a certification that ensures the guidance of a continual improvement in the process as it relates to material, health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness.

Funding from the SeedInvest campaign will be used to help Ramblers Way continue to expand both its online and retail presence across the country. It has two new locations planned for 2018 in Greenwich, Connecticut and Boston, Massachusetts. Furthermore, funds raised will ensure that the Ramblers Way supply chain remains responsibly driven and sourced.

Since its founding in 2012, SeedInvest has helped fund over 160 companies across a range of verticals and stages. In addition, SeedInvest boasts a rapidly growing network of over 200,000 investors and has only accepted ~1% of companies that apply to be featured on its platform. Ramblers Way is offering its securities under Rule 506(c) of Regulation D from accredited investors only. Live investments are being accepted via https://www.seedinvest.com/ramblers.way.farm/seed.

About Ramblers Way:

Born of innovators and artists, Ramblers Way’s mission is to create responsibly sourced, skillfully crafted, American-made sustainable clothing for men and women. Headquartered in Kennebunk, Maine, all Ramblers Way garments are made from premium, natural fabrics designed to go from office to outdoors. Ramblers Way was founded by sustainability pioneer and former owner of Tom’s of Maine, Tom Chappell, and is committed to protecting the planet, supporting local economies and building a business based on lifelong values. For more information about the stores, and to learn more about Ramblers Way’s journey and commitment to sustainability, visit http://www.ramblersway.com and follow the company on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook


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Super Bowl Commercials Teach Important Lessons For Crowdfunding

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

I’m probably not alone. According to a 2010 study, Super Bowl viewers enjoy the commercials more than game. While that wasn’t likely true in last night’s nail-biter, I was still focused on the commercials, especially the lessons crowdfunders can learn from them.

Crowdfunding videos are at heart commercials for a campaign. The video that drives a crowdfunding campaign has always been an important part of a campaign. The standard for what makes an acceptable campaign video is rising. If you are interested in what makes a great video for a crowdfunding campaign, watching commercials from the Super Bowl is not a bad idea.

I found three commercials that have particular relevance for crowdfunding, especially for cause-oriented campaigns.

1. Budweiser 2018 Super Bowl Commercial | “Stand By You”

This one-minute ad, my favorite for 2018, features a syrupy dose of emotion that is familiar in Budweiser’s Super Bowl ads. Evoking that sort of emotion can be important to some crowdfunding campaigns, especially those advocating for a cause.

First, the ad cautiously established a sense of urgency and disaster. Notably, this didn’t require images of flooding, fires, dead bodies, naked children or anything of the sort. A phone call in the middle of the night, a little radio voiceover drew us in quickly to the story in the first 12 seconds.

Second, the video conveys a sense of sacrifice, but the ad is careful not to overplay its hand. Kevin Fahrenkrog, general manager of the Cartersville Brewery, leaves home in the middle of the night, stops the line—after confirming the plant was meeting its target orders—and starts producing water. The ad put Fahrenkrog at home for dinner that night, reminding viewers that he didn’t sacrifice too much.

Third, the video captures the scale and speed of the response. The plant is quickly switched over from producing beer to producing canned water for the response. Lots of water. The production line marches cans like tin soldiers going off to fight the disaster that are packed into cases, loaded by dancing forklifts onto to trucks and sent quickly to give relief.

The music for the ad sets the tone. For crowdfunders this represents a dilemma. Buying the rights to use a popular song can be tricky and expensive. Over the years, I’ve purchased almost 100 royalty free music tracks to use in my videos. Buying dozens at a time for less than $100 makes it feasible but I’m never going to get “Stand by Me” so easily or inexpensively.

All these elements combine to hit the mark for many if not most people. Let’s recognize that some people won’t connect for a variety of reasons, but many will. That’s your goal with a crowdfunding video–connect with many, not all.

Budweiser was cautious not to makes the company the hero of a story that involves people risking their lives to fight fires and rescue people from floods. You are wise to follow their example. In a crowdfunding video, you’ll want to go one step further and look to make your backers—past and future—the heroes of the video.

2. Winter Olympics Best of U.S. | Mikaela Shiffrin Super Bowl Ad

This NBC ad for the Olympics featuring Mikaela Shiffrin wasn’t my favorite ad for the Olympics (that meaningless distinction goes to the Lindsey Vonn ad) but it has a great story that I think offers easier lessons for crowdfunders.

In this video, Olympian Mikaela Shiffrin is depicted as a young girl getting an autograph from three-time Olympian Heidi Voelker who signed it, “Dream big, Mikaela, and always be faster than the boys.” Shiffrin adopted that as a guiding principle in life that helped lead her to the Olympics. The message is repeated several times in the one-minute spot, sometimes with the initials A.B.F.T.T.B.

This ad doesn’t resonate with everyone. On YouTube the video has 372 likes and 134 thumbs down votes as of this writing. Some are presumably put off by the feminist message.

With that note, the video does seem to connect with its target audience: women. Make a crowdfunding video that appeals to a target audience, even at the risk of offending or simply failing to connect with people outside a target will make sense for some campaigns, especially those for politically charged issues.

Note that the theme of the video, A.B.F.T.T.B. is repeated three times on screen and the storyline that develops centers on her beating the boys. The simple message gives the video power in the same way that repeating a clear, simple message in a crowdfunding video will help move people to donate.

For people who are working with and even embracing complexity, it is a challenge to simplify a message and preserve the essential truth of a story but that should be your goal.

3. ETRADE Super Bowl Commercial 2018 “This Is Getting Old”

This commercial for E-Trade featuring 85-year-olds still working ostensibly because they lacked retirement plans makes fun of a serious problem. For me, the commercial worked perfectly to focus my attention on my inadequate retirement plans and preparations. This was the most humorous of the three videos.

Humor is difficult for professionals to write. How many times have you watched a late-night talk show host tell a joke that flopped? Almost every night there is a joke that flops. These are people paid millions of dollars per year to tell jokes. Be careful when using humor in your crowdfunding video. Screen your video with a small group of people who will be honest with you, preferably strangers, before foisting your sketch humor on the crowdfunding marketplace.

Still, if you can pull off humor, you can expect to see the crowdfunding thermometer rise.

Note, too, that the video spent 57 seconds establishing the problem to be solved and then set out the solution in the last three seconds. This worked only to the extent that the humor kept your attention for the full 57 seconds that led you to the three seconds of solution. Think of it as a big bowl of ice cream for dinner followed by one floret of broccoli. If you fill up on ice cream before it’s finished, you’ll never get to the broccoli.

Finally, let’s look at a fourth commercial that missed the mark to see what lessons we can derive from the mistake.

Official Ram Trucks Super Bowl Commercial | Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Built to Serve

Click here to view.

The ad is powerful and my initial reaction was positive. The Martin Luther King, Jr. speech was inspiring but even before the ad concluded it began to feel creepy seeing the commercial images of Dodge trucks interspersed in the video. You and I know that King would not have done the commercial if asked and almost certainly wouldn’t have been asked in his lifetime to do the commercial.

Fans of MLK on Twitter have been particularly unforgiving. The King Center quickly tweeted a disavowal of the ad. The irony of using the speech they did is that a portion of the very same speech decried the practice of spending too much on a vehicle.

Cause-oriented leaders will be tempted to use quotes from Gandhi, MLK, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and even Ronald Reagan to support their causes. When the cause you advocate for is one that your hero advocated for, there is unlikely to be an issue with your audience. If you use words, imagery and/or recordings of such people to promote anything they didn’t, you risk not only alienating your audience but also potential legal action.

It might be tempting to use an image or quote of Gandhi in a campaign promoting poverty eradication using goats, but he was a strict vegetarian and would not likely have supported such an approach. Be careful to align your message with the messenger.

In 2018, everyone in the crowdfunding world is a videographer. Watching Super Bowl commercials for hints to what is effective in making a compelling short video is a good idea.

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The Young Alchemists Charitable Foundation Strives To Elevate The Conciousness Of Children And Brings Powerful And Very Entertaining New Age Film Series To The Big Screen!

Press Release – Sugar Land Texas, February 13th 2018: The Young Alchemists Foundation needs donors, business sponsors and investors to help produce this extraordinary film. Contributors will receive media exposure, a tax deductible receipt and a diploma citing them as Honorary Knights of The Young Alchemists Order.

Investors and all people interested in learning more about “THE YOUNG ALCHEMISTS” film project can contact Norma Pastor and visit our website: www.tyaf.co

A new Era of technological progress and spiritual enlightenment has arrived at planet earth, the atomic vibrations of the planet have increased and as a result GOOD AND EVIL have become more obvious. Children across the world and their families are going through an extremely challenging and very difficult transition and those who consume drugs and spiraling out of control in school and in society are in terrible danger. As concerned citizens of planet earth, we believe the time has come for all the influential people in the film industry to create high concept films that will help elevate the consciousness of our youth.

THE YOUNG ALCHEMISTS New Age high concept was created with that purpose, and the Young Alchemists Foundation is sponsoring the production of “THE YOUNG ALCHEMISTS” first film of a series; a very powerful and very entertaining serial epic of romance, adventure and action film that will bring to Hollywood and to the entire world the extraordinary story of a group of extremely brilliant teenage Alchemists from the 36th dimension who are the greatest Super Secret Agents and youngest members of the Alchemists, a very powerful Interplanetary Government in charge of guarding the security and evolution of all planets and their inhabitants.

We believe very entertaining films could be an effective way to inspire children to become good leaders and help reverse our planet’s debilitating physical and psychological illness caused by the use of drugs and self destructive behaviors.

Experts concur that based on the script the cost of production of The Young Alchemists film will be approximately $100 Million Dollars; it will be a big production that can be compared to Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and Harry Potter.

WHO ARE THE ALCHEMISTS? In the Young Alchemists New Age film Concept, the Alchemists are the good people from all planets and all walks of life who oppose the Nonplus and use their knowledge and inner powers to enlighten the consciousness of self and others transforming malevolent societies into benevolent ones. THE NONPLUS are the bad guys from all planets and all walks of life determined to eradicate the Alchemists and corrupt all planetary societies to prevent the evolution of humanity.

ARE YOU AN ALCHEMISTS OR A NONPLUS? The choice is yours and it will always be


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This Alternative To 911 Could Give Some Emergency Response For First Time

Serial entrepreneur Mark Jeffrey has developed a new platform using mobile devices that could give billions of people in the world access to emergency response for the first time.

Available today, the Guardian Circle app allows you to build a network of friends who may be willing to come to your aid when you’re in a pickle or even have a real emergency.

The platform incorporates five functions the use blockchain technology. The company is launching an ICO or initial coin offering now to fund the growth of the platform.

Preliminary Interview with Mark Jeffrey, the Co-Founder and CEO of Guardian Circle.

The following is a brief pre-interview that provides context for the recorded interview you may watch or listen to at the top of this article.

Crowdfunding page: http://guardium.co

What is the purpose of your crowdfunding campaign?

We will build the world’s new mobile and cloud-native emergency grid with both citizen and paid vetted responders.

More about Guardian Circle:

Twitter: @guardiancircle

Website: http://guardiancircle.com

Guardian Circle is global decentralized emergency response — universal 9-1-1.  We open the emergency grid to any Alert Device (via an open API), vetted citizen responders (alongside friends, family and neighbors), government and private response services for the very first time. Mobile devices are used to create a ‘flash mob of help’ anywhere on earth. Our blockchain token, GUARDIUM, is used for smart contracts, payments, alert transcripts and emergency info lockbox storage. Working apps are released now worldwide on iOS, Android, and Amazon ALEXA.  Six billion people have no 9-1-1.  One billion do, but it is antiquated (1960’s tech).  We fix all of this.

For-profit or Nonprofit: For-profit

Mark Jeffrey
Photo credit: Mark Jeffrey

Mark Jeffrey’s bio:

Twitter: @markjeffrey

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markjeffrey/

Mark Jeffrey is a serial entrepreneur and author with Harper Collins. Most recently, Mark founded Guardian Circle for global decentralized emergency response.  He is also an early pioneer of blockchain technology, having published BITCOIN EXPLAINED SIMPLY (2013) and THE CASE FOR BITCOIN (2016).  His previous companies include The Palace (backed by Time Warner, Intel and SoftBank; sold to Communities.com in 1998 with 10 million users), ZeroDegrees (a business social network sold to InterActiveCorp / IAC in 2004 with 1 million users) and ThisWeekIn (co-founded with Kevin Pollak and Jason Calacanis). He was the founding CTO of Mahalo / Inside.com (backed by Elon Musk, Sequoia, Mark Cuban and others). Mark worked with Travis Kalanick (CEO Uber) on his first company Red Swoosh.


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This Entrepreneur Went From ‘Wall Street’ To ‘Main Street’ To Make A Real Difference

When Ken Martin left “Wall Street” to make a dent on “Main Street” he really wanted to make a difference. With so much of the economy still operating in small businesses in the old economy, he saw a need–and when an entrepreneur sees a need he sees an opportunity–small business lending for established companies.

Regulation CF, the new crowdfunding investment rules issued by the SEC effective in 2016, create a new opportunity for ordinary investors to put their money to work in the businesses they frequent.

For these businesses, a debt approach makes more sense than equity. As Martin says, “What good are seven shares of the local hardware store?” More to the point, the hardware store can afford to pay back a loan with interest. That’s a deal that is relatively easy for investors to grasp as well.

Preliminary Interview with Ken Martin, the Co-Founder of Honeycomb Credit.

The following is a brief pre-interview that provides context for the recorded interview you may watch or listen to at the top of this article.

Crowdfunding page: https://www.honeycombcredit.com/

What is the purpose of your crowdfunding campaign?

We are a registered funding portal that helps Main Street America get the expansion capital it needs.

More about Honeycomb Credit:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/honeycombcredit

Website: https://www.honeycombcredit.com/

Founded by a 6th-generation rural community banker and an investment banker who left Wall Street for Main Street, Honeycomb is using fintech to build communities one small business at a time.  

Unlike other fintech players who focus solely on quantitative metrics resulting in high APRs, Honeycomb uses crowdfunding to bring fair expansion loans to great local businesses.  Community banks used to serve our Main Street businesses well, but they are disappearing at a rate of 1 per day. Honeycomb steps into that void between Kickstarter and big banks.  

For-profit or Nonprofit: For-profit

Ken Martin

Ken Martin’s bio:

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ken-martin-cfa/

Ken is a former Vice President at Barclays investment bank and a serial entrepreneur of Main Street small businesses.  He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds degrees from Georgetown, Dartmouth, and the London School of Economics.  


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As Blockchain Booms a New Channel Challenges SME Businesses to Embrace Opportunities

“Blockchain is booming, ICOs are providing billions in innovation funding. Opportunities are there for the taking, for those who understand this”

Press Release – Wednesday, February 7, 2018: A unique new podcast channel has been launched aiming to transform the public understanding of the opportunities and issues surrounding Blockchain technology and the rapid rise of cryptocurrencies and ‘Initial Coin Offerings’ (ICOs).

ICOrad.io aims to bring entrepreneurs up to speed with their new environment without needing to “go down the rabbit hole” to grasp the world of Blockchain.

Soft-launched last week to a great response, ICOrad.io officially launches today (Thursday) with a revealing interview on its origins with ‘father of the ICO’, JR Willett, who commented: “It’s increasingly important that entrepreneurs and businesses understand the new landscape created, and the opportunities and changes that flow from, Blockchain, ICOs and these new decentralising technologies. I look forward to hearing ICOrad.io illuminate this complex and highly technical new world.”

The show was conceived and is hosted by author Barry James, himself widely known as a father of Fintech in the UK, having first proposed creation of the FCA’s regulatory ‘innovation unit’ in 2012, which now, along with its sandboxes, is being copied around the globe.

James, a technologist best known for his work on crowdfunding said: “Over the last 20 years those who tried to ignore the internet as long as possible suffered the consequences – sometimes catastrophic ones. This train, the blockchain revolution, is moving much faster.

“Like any paradigm shift it’s tricky to get your head around, and this one’s a doozy! Which is why many people refer to the process of getting to grips with Blockchain and its implications as going ‘down the rabbit hole’ – it’s a whole new wonderland with what at first seem like topsy-turvy rules.

“But understanding what Blockchain offers is now essential for business leaders and anyone running a business. That’s why we created ICOrad.io, to explain, in plain English and easily digestible ‘#BlockchainBytes’, what’s happening around us, how it works and what it means for businesses of all types.”

James, author of ‘New Routes to Funding’, has recently launched a #BlockchainBytes column in leading business publication Real Business.

Well known in crowdfunding and alt-fi as a champion of innovation, entrepreneurship and transparency he is first to be throwing down the challenge to SMEs worldwide to grasp the opportunities to reshape the world and its economy for the better.

“Blockchain is booming, ICOs are providing billions in innovation funding – they raised $6.8Billion in 2017, half of this in the last quarter. Opportunities are there for the taking, for those who understand this

“With ICOs funding startups and established businesses in the millions, tens of millions and sometimes hundreds of millions it cannot be ignored. What if your chief competitors were to raise a huge sum to decentralise or seek to dominate your business sector?

“It’s never been truer that knowledge, and in this case understanding, is power, and as with the internet the biggest risk is to do nothing, to wait until it’s too late and suffer the consequences.”


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RedCrow Announces Partnership with World Class Healthcare Incubator Innovation Institute

Connecting Healthcare Startups with Equity Crowdfunding via The Institute’s Expansive network

Press Release – San Francisco, CA – February 6, 2018: RedCrow Inc., an equity crowdfunding platform with a unique focus on well-curated opportunities within the healthcare industry, has announced a partnership with The Innovation Institute Inc., one of the foremost incubators for growing healthcare startups. For their part, The Innovation Institute will promote qualified companies within the sector for RedCrow consideration. The partnership will give start;ups exposure to crowdsourcing and equity crowdfunding with direct access to RedCrow’s professional pool of investors.

Co-founded by financier and consultant turned;entrepreneur Brian Smith and Talking Heads rockstar/techvestor Jerry Harrison in November 2016, RedCrow’s mission is to help privately held, early stage startups connect with backers to expand their business.

According to Brian Smith, RedCrow CEO, RedCrow will create a customized social platform for The Innovation Institute’s 200,000 members, giving users the opportunity to join RedCrow’s social discussion, share ongoing campaigns, and discuss investment opportunities with other professionals in the field. Exercising a higher level of due diligence than competitors, RedCrow allows the public to invest alongside prominent industry experts who serve as RedCrow advisors and strategic investment partners.

“Our mantra is knowledge is power — invest in what you know. Our niche in healthcare is focused on bringing knowledgeable investors to make educated investments in companies within their vertical. The Innovation Institute’s 200k plus members are just that: knowledgeable healthcare professionals and ‘Doctorpreneurs’ who can advise earlystage companies.” — Brian Smith, CEO RedCrow

“The relationship with RedCrow fits nicely with the strategic purpose of our business model to advance innovation. RedCrow will allow us to help new start-up ventures get needed capital to stand up and grow their companies and bring new products and services to market. This crowdfunding platform fits well with our new LRVHealth Fund which will focus on early stage ventures. There are definite synergies between the two organizations and together they will meet a need in the market and provide additional capability to advance innovation.” — Joe Randolph, President and CEO, The Innovation Institute

“Since our launch, we have already interacted with nearly a dozen earlystage companies that have been created by extremely talented medical professionals across our 125 member system hospitals. Our partnership with RedCrow will provide these companies with the post-seed funding needed to get to the next level, as well as provide individuals in the healthcare ecosystem an exciting opportunity to invest in their peers.” — Larry Stofko, Executive Vice President of The Innovation Lab Inc.


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