What is SenseCamp and how does it MakeSense?

People keep asking me what is this “MakeSense” thing and why do you keep spamming our newsfeed about it? Besides it being one of the most commonly used expressions to either Make Sense of something, or to appreciate another person’s point of view “Ah, that MakeSense”. 

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MakeSense started as a way to bridge the gap between people with skills and expertise and others with the passion for an ideas. Linking together those who work in a more structured job, day dreaming about doing something more meaningful, and those crazy guys with the guts to stand on their chair yell out a profanity and jump out the window. Diving head first into the unknown, heart pounding they are fuelled by their stubbornness to fight against “the norm”, in favour of what feels right. Daring to become a “Social Entrepreneur”.

The Disrupter, The Business Hacker, The Unreasonable Man/Woman, call em what you will. They are the people  who say “I am going to use my laptop, networks, creativity and determination to improve the world that I and people around me inhabit”.

If you are looking at education it could mean giving children the support they need to get into university through alumni mentoring (Future First), or helping students raise money once they get accepted (studentfunder), or helping them take better notes when they get there (unishared/videonot.es), or completely changing the curriculum of how and what they study (senseschool), or helping teachers teach better (Guru-G), or even opening up education using the web to give top quality education to people around the world who can’t afford it (Coursera). The story goes on…

The story of how Social Entrepreneurs around the world are plugging the holes, mending the cracks and, in many cases, building bridges over large gaps to fix up broken systems that exist in our bruised society. Their practical optimism is what sets them apart from those head-in-the-clouds optimistic do-gooders and the pessimistic pure profit seekers.  They set their sights on high social benefit but use business deals, corporate partnerships and market forces to get there, recognising that if these are correctly aligned they can get the growth and reach they dream of. They see that they can actually have a direct hand in consciously shaping the society that we live in. By building businesses that move us closer to a more human oriented future while still make enough money to live well.

A stark contrast to  the blind drive to collect every penny at any cost- as we see in a world where people are met with violence because they prefer a park to a shopping mall. (Did they not see Avatar?)

Stripping away all the jargon- MakeSense is a community of amazing people doing amazing things. We exist online and offline and work hard in our spare time to propel this movement. We connect the dots between different layers of the ecosystem and to others across the world. Our mission is to get social entrepreneurs the ideas, support, and connections they need from the right people that will help them get to where they want to go. We have meetups (sensedrinks), problem solving (hold-ups), implementation (hacksense) and even send out probes to explore unknown space (sensetour). To bring it all together we have SenseCamp.

For one day every few months we bring together people from different countries, cities, accents and upbringings. From artists to lawyers, bankers to designers and everything that falls in between. We bring together the experienced wise experts, enthusiastic starters and those on the fringe- just mildly curious. We welcome them all to our camp and treat them like family. Open source, flat, democractic, flexible, and above all we feed them vibes of positivity. We are all in this together, you are not alone. We are next to you and behind you, and we are your biggest fans. Whether you are a player, a coach, a manager or a spectator, mingling and working together we will be able to achieve our ever so unreasonable goals. Driven by something that is greater than the sum of our parts. That desire to MakeSense of a senseless world.

So come and join us on the 8th of June for Sensecamp UK

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Nice Art

found at INDIEARTH

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Lumos

When you strip away everything fantastical and bring it down to its root, from the very first page of the very first book it was about overcoming feelings of unworthiness. An orphan who had to fight against his feelings of loneliness and self-doubt that was drilled into him by neglecting foster parents. So from the depths of darkness, self-pity and isolation the journey was to discover the magic and love that lay dormant deep within. Fortunately he was able to find the light, but others in the story were not.

Self Actualisation is one of the most fundamental processes of being human. If people are not given the space and careful guidance to find out who they are- and to feel love, and acceptance for being that way, they develop all sorts of darkness and hatred within. Throughout history across cultures warmongers have been created this way- jealousy, hatred, anger, unquenchable thirst for power and destruction. It is us against them. This darkness eats away at their souls until somehow they can still overcome it or die.

We all need some help in finding the light. It is so wonderful to find out that JK Rowling is taking her thoughts and converting them to action to help hundreds, thousands and hopefuly millions of Harry’s out there to discover the magic, love and light waiting within.

Find out all about the program wearelumos.org

There is also this awesome thing

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Cracking the Code

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The Ted Prize 2013 was awarded to Sugata Mitra this week for his incredible experiments with “hole in the wall” computer terminals that were randomly placed in slum areas without any instructions or supervision.

He found that it took no time at all for kids (lacking formal education) to rapidly pick up how this alien device functioned simply by playing around with them. As the project evolved into more slums, reaching more kids with more sophisticated terminals they were continuously surprised how fast these young inexperienced users were able figure out and perform complex tasks just by mucking around for a few hours with friends.

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It serves as a true testament to the power of learning by doing as well as the “challenge accepted” Gamification mentality spawned from the mixing of childish curiosity and desire to prove oneself. These two concepts are completely revolutionising education in the 21st century and the way kids (and adults) can be taught around the world.

This all links to an inspiring video I saw circulating on facebook today featuring the vast array of notable tech innovators discussing the power of learning how to read & write computer code. It turns out most of them picked it up by accident in their early teens- just for kicks, to prank or simply as a way to procrastinate from school work. Unbeknownst to them, it allowed them to acquire some extremely powerful transferable skills as well as develop a unique attitude and approach to life that led them to become the great innovators and success stories they have.

So on that note don’t wait- lets start playing [Code Academy] and begin to understand technology instead of simply being mindless users. If we can learn why & how it works, we can start thinking about how to bend the rules.

There is no spoon.

 

 

Do http://www.socialworkshop.org/
Make http://knowable.org/
Say http://www.eduhacker.net/
Think http://hackdesign.org/

[soundtrack: Do Make Say Think - Horns of A Rabbit]

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Not Your Average Job Interview

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Buddha, Buddhism and Ambition

Is Entrepreneurial Ambition and a Buddhist Path at odds? This is a question I was trying to figure out myself. Luckily I stumbled upon a very interesting paper that set the records straight.

“The Buddha was the most active and energetic religious teacher. He advised people to use their skills and knowledge in their daily life. A Buddhist should not lead a lazy and easy life and blame it on Buddhism for any of his/her failures. A good Buddhist has the quality of VIRIYA – energy. Buddhists must strive for perfection. They must not delay doing something by finding excuses like it is too hot or it is too cold. The Buddha’s advice to lay people was not to go to either extremes of sensual pleasure or self torture to practise a religion. Everyone must try to lead a happy, harmless and peaceful life. Buddhism is known as the Middle Path.”

Article: Is it wrong to be ambitious in a Buddhist frame of being?

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Social Enterprise Showcase: Fresh Truck

Increasing access to sustainable fresh fruit & vegetables to rural communities outside the Boston Area. With a fun, innovative and “fresh” approach with music, technology and affordable pricing. It’s a simple but exciting idea to increase health consciousness and sustainability among townships embedded in the beautiful Massachusetts landscape.

Participate in the launch of this awesome project

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Space Monkeys

Greetings from outer space. fascinating:

 

This is recorded onboard the International Space Station.

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Cosmic Grace

sound    |    vision

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Inspired Sound: Max Cooper

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