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African projects launched

Openworld has offered support to projects in Gabon, Senegal, and Somaliland for students and jobseekers to research market-based learning and sustainable development. A presentation on Gabon's "Green Free Zone" opportunity has been released. In Somaliland, teleworkers helping the new Somaliland-based entrepreneurial school, recipient of a 37 acre land grant, have also begun producing video clips on Internet-enabled job creation solutions. An entrepreneurial academy in Senegal is also preparing video clips, with microscholarship funding, on new learning-and-earning opportunities to promote school sustainability.

Seeds of Change Offer: Microvouchers for student projects

Openworld is offering 500 microvouchers in coming months to fund digital "work-study" projects by students at entrepreneurial schools for the poor to create video clips on opportunities for sustainability. The initiative is funded by recent grants from John C. Whitehead, Jack Pearce, and the Explorers Foundation. Explore the new Seeds of Change challenge offer and apply for the Seeds of Change resources.  Initial video projects are being prepared by students at the Horizon Lanka Academy in Sri Lanka, as well as high school age students in North America.

Openworld Team Launched on

In response to failing public sector systems for delivery of services and infrastructure, Openworld has launched new pages in John Robb's resilient communities wiki to spread practical innovations for self-funding and sustainable alternatives.

Sponsor/Partner Opportunities

Openworld welcomes your help in spreading grassroots free market initiatives in impoverished communities.
For those interested in supporting new self-help opportunities, Openworld welcomes Global Resource Partnerships with individuals, policy institutes, and organizations that can contribute to global challenge offers. Donors interested in making tax-deductible contributions to support Openworld’s nonprofit activities can do so through the Explorers Foundation (tel: +1 303-744-1855). Sponsor options are also offered to supporters who seek early-stage access to new talent and development opportunities.

Topics for "Seeds of Change" work-study microprojects


Openworld provides Seeds of Change microscholarships to help cover costs of local and online research projects in communities that seek to expand freedom and awaken dormant assets.

Recipients of microscholarships produce short YouTube-style video clips or Powerpoint slides summarizing their findings.

The following are topics for exploration in impoverished regions by students at entrepreneurial schools and by members of self-help groups.

I. How can the web help to bring new jobs and investment to our community?

  • How are other communities using the web to attract “telework” jobs? What kinds of telework opportunities would be a good fit for our community?
  • How are other communities using the web (including e-government solutions) to make it easier for investors to understand the steps needed to set up a business?
  • How are other communities using the web to promote sustainable tourism and nature preserves? What kinds of possible ecotourism ventures would be a good fit for our community?
  • What opportunities in our community can we put on the web to show international investors?


II. What skills can we build through eLearning -- and what are the best web sites for this?

  • What skills are in most demand in my community?
  • What web sites are useful for practicing and improving international language skills?
  • What web sites are useful for building office skills (typing, secretarial, etc.)?
  • What web sites are useful in improving technical skills (doing web research, building web sites, etc.)
  • What web sites are most useful to do international market research for our local businesses?


III. How can cell phones help to bring new jobs and investment to our community?

  • How are other communities using cell phones to to find market information useful to agricultural or other producers?
  • What kinds of new cell phone capabilities will help most in our community?
  • How are other communities using cell phones to help entrepreneurs in banking, microlending, and payments?
  • How can cell phone cameras be used to record land boundaries and video clips useful to investors?
  • How are other communities using cell phones for “geotourism” and guided tours?
  • How can local artists use be used to sell jewelry or crafts that our community creates?
  • How can be used to sell artwork that our community creates?
  • How can we use to sell picture books or CDs of these field trips about our environment that we create?

IV. How can entrepreneurial schools in our community raise new revenue?

  • What steps are schools in other communities taking to earn revenues?
  • What are examples of “land grant” endowments that help to fund education? Could a land grant help to fund education in our community?
  • Can our school share in the earnings of students who do telework projects in global freelance markets?


For information on applying for microscholarships to fund research in your community, please go to the Seeds of Change request form here.

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