Sport for development

Nike and Ashoka’s Changemakers have launched a new initiative geared toward ramping up the game for women in sport.

Tell them who inspires you – someone whose ideas are changing the field for women, by increasing their access to sport.

Their criteria blurb:

The winners of this Changemakers Collaborative Competition will be those entries that best meet the following criteria:

  • Innovation: This is the knock-out test; if the work is not innovative the judges will not give it high rankings. The application must describe the systemic innovation that it is focused on. The innovation should be a unique model of change and ready for large-scale spread.
  • Social Impact: It is important that the innovation has begun to have an impact on the field it addresses. Some innovations will have proven success at a small level, while others will have scaled to engage millions of people. Regardless of the level of demonstrated impact, it is important to see that the innovation has the ability to be applied in the U.S. and other countries. This will be judged by considering the scale strategy, ability to be replicated, clear how-tos, and a map to reach the big goals.
  • Sustainability: For an innovation to be truly effective it must have a plan for how it will acquire financial and other bases of support for the long-term. Are strong partnerships in place for it to have a ripple effect? Is there a clear financial plan in place?

Right now, there are 204 nominations from 32 countries.

Nominate at http://sportforchange.changemakers.net/

Deadline:  February 11th 2009

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