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Solutions for Rural Communities and The Geo Tourism Challenge

Solutions for Rural Communities and The Geo Tourism Challenge

Here are announcements of two opportunities to enter global online competitions and to be showcased to a network of like-minded community members, funders, CSOs, thought leaders, universities, governments, and enthusiasts!

Ashoka is a global non-profit network and support system for social entrepreneurs—people who devise innovative solutions to the social
problems that plague society. To further this goal, Ashoka’s Changemakers provides an online, interactive forum that encourages collaboration and
discussion, along with theme-based competitions, to draw out the most effective ideas.

ENTER ONLINE GLOBAL COMPETITION: “The Geotourism Challenge: Power of Place.”
Entry Deadline: May 20, 2009.
Prizes: Three top
winners get $5,000 each.Competition focus: In partnership with National
Geographic Society, Ashoka’s Changemakers is looking for examples of sustainable management of tourism, or geotourism, as it is widely known. NatGeo defines geotourism as ”tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place–its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.” We’re looking at people and organizations — including the government, and corporations — that are are initiating responsible innovations that use tourism to help sustain, enhance, or preserve local culture, build heritage, and natural habitats. For more details on the competition, please visit: ONLINE GLOBAL COMPETITION, “Cultivating Innovation: Solutions for Rural Communities”
Entry Deadline: May 13, 2009.

Prizes: a) Three top winners get $5,000 each; b) Early Bird Prize: If you
enter by April 13, 2009, you could win a cell phone and digital camera (equal value of USD $1000); c) Nominator Prize: If you nominate people/organizations who could enter the competition, you stand to win a special prize!

Competition focus: In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ashoka’s Changemakers is looking for innovative solutions that span the entire agricultural value chain – from seeds to sales. Three-quarters of the
world’s poorest people—the 1 billion who live on $1 a day or less—rely on
agriculture to feed themselves and their families, yet many cannot grow enough to sell or even eat. If you’ve come up with strategies, tools and opportunites for small farmers to boost their productivity, increase their incomes, and build better lives for themselves and their families, enter now! For more details on the competition, please visit
For more information or media queries, please contact Ms. Kalpana Kaul, Asia Director & Managing Editor, Ashoka’s Changemakers. Tel. No. 033-2417-2587; 6535-8647 (Kolkata, India). Email:;

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