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Social Impact through Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship: Our hands-on, immersive program of learning civil innovation by doing is a life-changing journey where participants work for 2 4 weeks with world-class experts on real life change-making initiatives in the Dominican Republic, Haïti and Singapore. Carefully curated and crafted collection of experiences delivers unique value, skills and knowledge available nowhere else but applicable to the whole world, providing participants with a critical advantage in today's competitive and challenging ecosystems and markets.

Participants not only attend workshops, engage leaders and local stakeholders, work on real-life, social-innovation processes, but also take part of strategy-making sessions, adding value to existing and new projects with the assistance of mentors.

Civil Innovation Lab (CIV) is the overarching organization of a series of initiatives dedicated to transform inefficiencies, bridge gaps, address value creation and connect stakeholders. Our fields of work range from local communities to education and cultural projects, and include information society, disaster relief and social entrepreneurship.

Having lived in Chile and Singapore, I have mixed feelings about both nations prosperity backed by authoritarian governments. Having experienced first hand and benefited from their hospitality, openness and wealth, one can't help but feel guilty, question and feel tempted to reconsider some of our more basic beliefs on the importance of individual rights and freedom of expression.

Civil Innovation Lab is part of Startup Weekend, and I was mentoring several folks on their business ideas.

Many of them were new at Startup Weekend and do not understand Business Model Canvas and after sharing with them more ideas to brainstorm about their plans and explore other possibilities, many of the plans began to form well and the participants could create a prototype to be used to solicit sales and feedback with actual customers.

The crowds were energetic and many of the participants were very eager to learn and listen well.

Civil Innnovation Lab at #Innovapp

Civil Innovation Lab is a sponsor at Innovapp 2014, held at ITLA.

Innovapp is a Hackathon that focuses on Social Problems. Both Carlos Miranda Levy and Robin Low were present at Innovapp.

The Vice President of Dominican Republic Margarita María Cedeño Lizardo was also present at the event to support Social Innovation.

Carlos share his experience on social impact and Robin shared on the importance of Social Engagement.

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Join us as we work on maps about citizen reports on environment, education, public services and corruption. Part  of Global #MapJam Day and the New Economy Week.

We will start with a practical introduction to the use of geographic information, maps and its display and deployment, followed by a presentation of the tools we have enabled and prepared for the practical activities, optimized for local information.

Thursday, 16 October 2014 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

El mundo ha cambiado mucho con la llegada de las redes sociales, las comunicaciones móviles y el acceso instantáneo y masivo a informaciones actualizadas y noticias de todas partes. Hoy día somos más conscientes de los problemas y retos, conflictos, crisis y necesidades alrededor del planeta. Podemos hacer más, colaborar más, participar más, solidarizarnos más, aportar un poco más. Pero a la vez nos preguntamos si lo que hacemos vale la pena, si nuestro aporte llega al destino adecuado, si produce un impacto significativo.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Civil Dialogue through Tap Dancing with Andrew Nemr

Andrew Nemr, world renowned tap dancer and founder of the Tap Legacy Foundation, will join our Civil Innovation Lab team in an open exercise of exchange, mutual discovery and learning with inmates at the women and men correctional centers at Najayo, 30 min. outside Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

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