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Monday, May 05, 2008

Unclogging the Water and Sanitation Crisis - Vote Now!

By Rob Katz

As Ana first reported back in February, Ashoka's Changemakers and the Global Water Challenge have partnered to open a worldwide search for ideas and projects with the potential to transform the provision of sanitation and water worldwide.? The search, entitled Unclogging the Water and Sanitation Crisis, began with a call for projects and culminates this Sunday, when voting closes.

This is a competition through collaboration, meaning that the Changemakers community gets to nominate projects, vet them and vote for the winner.? (If you've never heard of Changemakers, check out Leslie Berger's concise profile of their work in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.)?The water and sanitation competition is coming to a close; 9 finalists have been selected by the community, and voting is open.? If you haven't already, drop by the Changemakers site and vote - it only takes a few minutes, and your voice actually counts (the winner gets $5,000 cash and is eligible for up to $1 million worth of Global Water Challenge grants).?

In an era when most decisions - political, business - are made in back rooms away from our inquiring eyes, Changemakers represents real change.? By opening up the decision making process to anyone with a web connection, they are democratizing (and crowdsourcing) at the base of the pyramid.? Happy voting...
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