Charles Tsai

Charles Tsai

Charles Tsai

Journalist, speaker and consultant for social entrepreneurs

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Social Creatives

Social Creatives Website

June 20, 2012

One year after launching Social Creatives, I have completely overhauled the concept and purpose of the website.

Social Creatives is now designed to be a launchpad for your own world-changing projects. It provides inspiration, tools and resources to help you answer that fundamental question, “How can I contribute to a better world?

It’s not an easy question but it’s not an impossible one either. It’s not the same as asking, “How do we solve climate change?” or “What is the meaning of life?”

Figuring out how you can contribute and make a difference is a personal question, not a theoretical one. Only you can come up with the answer.

As you’ll see over and over again on the new site, the answers are as varied as the people behind them. All types of individuals are creating change in their own unique ways – students, stay-at-home moms, artists, writers, entrepreneurs, teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc.

Change is not a profession. It’s a calling and a practice that spans all human endeavors. Regardless of where you find yourself, there are opportunities for you to contribute and make a difference.

In that spirit, the website has three main goals:

1) Showcase diverse projects
We learn by example. The more we can expose you to the wide range of projects that others have initiated to create change, the sooner inspiration will strike. Browse the Projects section, watch the videos and immerse yourself in the stories of others. Let their inspiration guide you. We will feature new projects on an ongoing basis and tease out the lessons we can learn from each one.

 2) Provide tools for action
By definition, “social creatives” are people of action. Sooner or later, you’ll want to roll up your sleeves and start doing things yourself. That’s when the real fun begins. We’ve started creating tools that make the process easier. Take a look. More are on their way.

3) Connect you to valuable resources
Through our blog, we will showcase resources and opportunities that we think are especially helpful to change agents. Subscribe to our blog posts via email if you are interested. (See box in right column.)

Of course, every project is distinct and has unique needs. If you feel compelled to reach out to us for help, we’ll be more than happy to learn about your project and offer mentorship assistance where we can.

We welcome any feedback, suggestions or even critique that you may have for this new website. We look forward to featuring your project someday soon.

Charles Tsai
Executive Director

Endeavor

Endeavor: The Rise of Social Creatives

March 18, 2012 — 2 Comments

How do we make a difference? How do we live a life that matters?

Deep down we know we should contribute positive change in some way. It’s the how that stumps us. In a world dominated by institutions of power, what can one individual do anyway?

These days, a lot. Empowered by education and technology, today’s change agents are initiating projects of all kinds to create new possibilities and contribute to a better world.

Endeavor, a new multi-touch ebook, showcases ten project types of today’s “social creatives.” Each category features two projects that have made a positive impact. Hear their creators share their stories through inspiring TED and TEDx Talks. Let their examples be an inspiration to you as you try to make a difference yourself.

A forthcoming ebook will guide you step-by-step through the process of creating and improving your social change project and help you develop the core skills of changemaking.

If you have an iPad, download the multitouch version of Endeavor.

Fun for A Change

Fun for A Change

March 18, 2012

I created a Ning community for Fun for A Change, a social innovation competition I’m running in Vancouver and Taiwan.

Fun for a Change is a global competition designed to introduce university students to the fun side of social innovation. Teams compete in using “fun” and game dynamics to bring about positive change. Along the way, they engage one another in fun challenges, learn the most effective ways to shape human behavior, and innovate new solutions.

Fun for a Change was launched at Simon Fraser University in June 2011 and online in July 2011.

Social Creatives

Social Creatives

March 18, 2012

I created the website for Social Creatives as an online resource for people to learn the skills of change.

SOCIAL Creatives™ is an online innovation hub designed to help social entrepreneurs master the art of change. It provides a new framework to help people learn and practice social entrepreneurship by focusing on six key best practices. The hub offers toolkits, books, workshops, and competitions to help social innovators achieve greater success and impact.

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Creative Visions Foundation

March 18, 2012

I remade the website for the Creative Visions Foundation.