A year ago Jacqueline Novogratz was featured in a guest post from Think Social about the themes in her book, The Blue Sweater. My first introduction to her book was from Lucy Bernholz and shortly after that James Wu from the Acumen Fund gave me a copy of and this profile in the Economist. After reading it, I did a book giveaway on my blog asking readers to suggest ways they might apply the ideas in the book. The winner was Lethal Sheethal who was about to leave for six months on her Kiva Fellowship in Peru. Before leaving, she did a fundraiser and raffled off her copy of the book.
That was a networked approach to leveraging the ideas in the book. But Acumen Fund is taking it a step further by announcing The Blue Sweater 500, a competition that will provide copies of The Blue Sweater free of cost to the most creative ideas for using the book. They are giving away 500 paperback copies of The Blue Sweater in quantities of 25, 50, or 100 books to organizations that can leverage the ideas. Entries will be judged based on originality, impact, and need. Winners will receive a shipment of books this fall and will be asked to write a post for Acumen’s blog that will share the outcomes of their projects with the world using photo and/or video.
To enter the contest and for information, read this post.