Articles by Jacqueline Liao
Gawad Kalinga, now a multi-million dollar Filipino NGO, was founded by Antonio Meloto (“Tito Tony” as he’s also known) to reduce poverty through a genuine network effect connecting businesses, communities, government and educators. Gawad Kalinga’s goal is ending poverty for 5 million families by 2024.
MakeSense is an open project created to solve the myriad challenges that social entrepreneurs face. On the site, entrepreneurs are invited to enter their daily trials and tribulations, and solicit remedies from users. In addition, the site organizes "hold-up" events, in which, for three hours, a "gangster" (that is, a member of MakeSense) leads a brainstorming session with 10 to 15 people to offer solutions for a particular entrepreneur’s challenge.