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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
Partnership will deliver indestructible soccer balls to 1.5 million needy children
Regular Springwise readers are no doubt already familiar with the “buy one, give one” model of corporate generosity, and California-based One World Futbol has been using that model for two years to help put indestructible soccer balls in the hands of the world’s disadvantaged children. Now, however, the effort has greater potential than ever thanks to a partnership with Chevrolet that will distribute 1.5 million such balls around the globe. READ MORE…
Browser plug-in hides products associated with child labor
We’ve already seen a mobile app focused on rating brands’ attitudes toward child labor, but recently we came across a like-minded browser plug-in that goes further. Now available for Safari and Google Chrome, aVOID helps consumers stay away from products associated with the exploitation of children. READ MORE…
Program teaches graffiti vandals how to harness their talent and make money
Virtual graffiti software such as YrWall is one way to provide urban artists with an outlet for their talent without vandalising people’s property. Similarly, California-based Streetcraft LA is an outreach project that aims to help youths divert their creative impulses into products that could earn them a profit instead of a trip to the police station. READ MORE…
Free social platform helps users jointly care for a loved one
Caring for a sick or elderly loved one can take a significant toll on the people giving that care, yet it can be difficult to recruit help without the expense of hiring a paid professional. Cura is a new, UK-based platform that aims to “bring family, friends and communities together to care for the people around them,” in the site’s own words. READ MORE…
Crowdfunding site enables supporters to volunteer their time

Longtime Springwise readers may recall the Landshare campaign from KEO films, an effort we covered back in 2009 that aims to match would-be gardeners with landowners willing to share their arable land. That initiative is apparently still going strong, but recently we came across another one by the same UK-based team: Peoplefund.it, a crowdfunding site that’s designed to connect fledgling community projects with people interested in supporting them. READ MORE…
In the UK, retirees are paid to share their skills in group activities
We’ve already seen the UK’s grandmothers tutoring Indian children and delivering recession-busting advice, so it should come as no surprise to see another service that aims to tap the expertise of society’s senior citizens. Sure enough, The Amazings is a new social enterprise in London that’s designed to “help people who are about to retire or have retired create amazing experiences with the skills, knowledge and passion they’ve picked up throughout their life”. READ MORE…