Topics for "Seeds of Change" work-study microprojects
Openworld provides Seeds of Change microscholarships to help cover costs of local and online research projects in communities that seek to expand freedom and awaken dormant assets.
Recipients of microscholarships produce short YouTube-style video clips or Powerpoint slides summarizing their findings.
The following are topics for exploration in impoverished regions by students at entrepreneurial schools and by members of self-help groups.
I. How can the web help to bring new jobs and investment to our community?
- How are other communities using the web to attract “telework” jobs? What kinds of telework opportunities would be a good fit for our community?
- How are other communities using the web (including e-government solutions) to make it easier for investors to understand the steps needed to set up a business?
- How are other communities using the web to promote sustainable tourism and nature preserves? What kinds of possible ecotourism ventures would be a good fit for our community?
- What opportunities in our community can we put on the web to show international investors?
II. What skills can we build through eLearning -- and what are the best web sites for this?
- What skills are in most demand in my community?
- What web sites are useful for practicing and improving international language skills?
- What web sites are useful for building office skills (typing, secretarial, etc.)?
- What web sites are useful in improving technical skills (doing web research, building web sites, etc.)
- What web sites are most useful to do international market research for our local businesses?
III. How can cell phones help to bring new jobs and investment to our community?
- How are other communities using cell phones to to find market information useful to agricultural or other producers?
- What kinds of new cell phone capabilities will help most in our community?
- How are other communities using cell phones to help entrepreneurs in banking, microlending, and payments?
- How can cell phone cameras be used to record land boundaries and video clips useful to investors?
- How are other communities using cell phones for “geotourism” and guided tours?
- How can local artists use Ponoko.com be used to sell jewelry or crafts that our community creates?
- How can Cafepress.com be used to sell artwork that our community creates?
- How can we use Lulu.com to sell picture books or CDs of these field trips about our environment that we create?
IV. How can entrepreneurial schools in our community raise new revenue?
- What steps are schools in other communities taking to earn revenues?
- What are examples of “land grant” endowments that help to fund education? Could a land grant help to fund education in our community?
- Can our school share in the earnings of students who do telework projects in global freelance markets?
For information on applying for microscholarships to fund research in your community, please go to the Seeds of Change request form here.