The Collaboratory - co-produced by UpStart and ROI Community - is the largest annual gathering of Jewish community visionaries, innovators, and catalyzers of change in North America. This year, The Collaboratory is tackling the theme The Art of Risk-Taking with opportunities to: Hear from the best, including this year's keynote, renowned nonprofit thought leader and humorist Vu Le of Nonprofit AF. Grow your network at the premiere … [Read more...] about The Collaboratory 2018 is now accepting requests for invitations!
By H. Glenn Rosenkrantz Tamir Barzilai is beta-testing an app so people with dietary restrictions can find restaurants in Vancouver offering dishes free of taboo ingredients. So far, the app has 500 subscribers, has earned extensive media coverage, and will soon go wider in Vancouver, and to other cities in Canada and the United States if all goes according to plan. Barzilai, 23, is embracing purposeful product development to address a real … [Read more...] about Hackathon, Jewish Style
By Maya Bernstein In 2008, Sarah Lefton realized that the majority of the hip, young, Bay Area Jews she knew sorely lacked a basic knowledge of Jewish stories, characters, and practices. She also realized that they turned to their devices, rather than to books or classes, to get information. So, she decided to put out edgy, educational, easily digestible Jewish content for young adults online. Her product was so successful that not only did it … [Read more...] about Disruptive Collaboration
When UpStart first designed their merger with Bikkurim, Joshua Venture Group and the NA programs of PresenTense, they believed in the cumulative power of innovators - the dreamers, builders, and risk-takers opening up new pathways to community and to our tradition. This just released map illustrates a slice of this vibrant and diverse network. … [Read more...] about The UpStart Network Map
By Todd J. Sukol In the nearly 10 years since bestselling author and popular speaker Scott Berkun famously implored the world to “stop saying innovation,” we in the Jewish philanthropic and nonprofit world show no sign of heeding his sage advice. Scott, whose credits include the bestseller The Myths of Innovation, makes a nearly irrefutable case that the word innovation has lost meaning and become noise pollution. Instead, he encourages … [Read more...] about “Innovation”: What to make of a word that just won’t go away