The world needs you. We need you to come up with innovative ideas, to dare to dream big, to focus your talents and energy on creating and implementing projects that will make a positive social impact in your communities.
This is not an easy journey but it's a journey you will not have to take alone. We all need to be supported as we make a commitment to change the world. SoJo is here to be your virtual cheerleader, guide and source of inspiration.
SoJo was originally named Social Journal. The initial vision was to become a platform that would better facilitate connections and share information to inspire the next generation of young changemakers to take action and convert the ideas written in their journals into tangible, functioning social projects.
The idea for SoJo was conceived in the fall of 2010 by Kanika Gupta. For her Master's thesis, Kanika conducted a Canada-wide study on the Factors Influencing the Start-up of Youth-initiated Social Ventures. While speaking with over 50 individuals from coast-to-coast who had initiated a social venture or community project as a young adult, Kanika gathered an amazing repertoire of information. Once through, she committed herself to finding a good platform to share all of that information in a meaningful way, after discovering the lack of such a resource. There is no need for anyone wishing to start a project to go at it alone, thus SoJo was born!
SoJo has since expanded its mandate to support all social innovators in developing and implementing their ideas to solve some of our world's most pressing challenges.
You can read a more detailed account of SoJo's story, which was documented in real time, on our blog at: http://socialjournal.net.
To be the leading online resource that social innovators reference to turn their ideas for social change into action.
What makes SoJo different?
SoJo works at the intersection of the online education and social innovation sectors with the goal of creating synergy and inspiring cooperation between existing organizations that share the same goals. SoJo offers a product that is complimentary to what already exists, and our goal is to bring all of the knowledge and content to one source.
We provide access to high-quality information and tools and organize it in an interactive way to help inspire, empower and support you through the process of turning your idea into action. SoJo is there to help you make informed decisions; guide you over challenging barriers; maintain your motivation and hold you accountable to your goals. We want to help you find answers to your pressing questions so that you can focus your time and energy on finding creative solutions and working with your communities.
SoJo has worked hard to consolidate all of the necessary resources to help you start your journey or for help at any stage in the process. The content has been carefully curated and simplified so that SoJo is a one-stop shop for everything you need.
Our long term vision is to become the go-to resource for social innovators worldwide. We strive to ensure the content on SoJo is relevant, easy to understand and updated regularly to ensure you are finding the tools and resources you need to take action.
How can SoJo help you today?
Take a look through our resources - no matter what stage you are in on your journey, SoJo has the resources available to help you navigate the path. Whether you are just getting started, figuring out what to do after you have taken the initial steps or getting ready to execute on your idea, SoJo has created a system of easy to access resources to guide and assist you in the process. If you are looking for personal support, SoJo can help keep you motivated and overcome the challenges you may be facing.
Ultimately it is your responsibility to act but SoJo will be here to help you make informed decisions, guide you over challenging barriers, maintain your motivation and hold you accountable to your goals.
Who is SoJo for?
SoJo aims to connect socially conscious, engaged social innovators to the resources and tools needed to bring their social innovations to life. Bridging the gap between the accessibility of valuable information, knowledge and experience and the individuals who need access to those resources has always been a primary goal of SoJo.
SoJo seeks to support all social innovators as they develop and implement their ideas to solve some of our world's most pressing challenges. We're here to support you, and your idea, simultaneously.
Canadian Commission for UNESCO's Official Endorsement
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO considers SoJo's interactive online platform as an opportunity to foster a long term impact in the field of social entrepreneurship among Canadian and international youth. Also, SoJo answers to an article from the final report of the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum as such:
In response to employment challenges, we strongly encourage Member States to expand the scope of education by including entrepreneurial skills and training opportunities, and intergenerational partnerships for youth aligned to rapidly changing labour market needs, particularly in non-traditional fields, such as e-learning.
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