Innocentive and the Rockefeller Foundation Partner with GlobalGiving


InnoCentive, the global leader in open innovation sourcing announced today that the Rockefeller Foundation has taken action to provide a grant to GlobalGiving, an online marketplace for global philanthropy, to sponsor its use of the InnoCentive Open Innovation Marketplace.

The GlobalGiving network of project leaders serves communities in over 67 countries around the world, helping non-profit grass roots organizations develop high impact solutions to difficult problems. Numerous technical and scientific challenges can affect their ability to serve their communities and expand their services.

"We believe that the InnoCentive Marketplace will efficiently connect our network of project leaders to experts from around the globe who can provide solutions, be it the development of a solar LED light that can illuminate a room or a brick extruder that can help safely make high-quality bricks," said Mari Kuraishi, president of Global Giving. "Finding solutions to these problems will help children in Africa study at night with full light and reduce manual labor in the brick-making industry in Pakistan."

In 2006, The Rockefeller Foundation joined the InnoCentive marketplace to spur science and technology solutions to some of the world’s most pressing development problems. The non-profit Rockefeller Foundation and InnoCentive will bring to bear the talent of thousands of world-class engineers, scientists, inventors, and business people to solve the most pressing and complex humanitarian challenges posed by GlobalGiving project leaders.

"The Rockefeller Foundation grant provides GlobalGiving with resources that will enable this non-profit to continue and to expand its work in designing viable innovations that address basic problems in energy, water and construction materials for people in developing nations," said Dwayne Spradlin, president and CEO, InnoCentive. "We are proud of our contribution to help elevate the living conditions of people in need of assistance."

Written by John-Paul Maxfield

John-Paul Maxfield is the founder of Waste Farmers. Waste Farmers is a next generation sustainable agricultural company focused on helping humanity meet current and future food demands, while decreasing agriculture’s environmental footprint. The Company started in 2009 with $9,000 and a belief that idealism and capitalism can coexist. Today Waste Farmers has evolved into an innovator respected by leaders in the global community for developing simple solutions to the complex problems of modern agriculture and food security. Prior to starting Waste Farmers, John-Paul founded the "The Inspired Economist", a blog focused on covering the people, places, ideas, and technologies inspiring positive change and redefining capitalism.
In addition, John-Paul served as an Associate a private equity group specializing in small to mid cap service companies. In this capacity he focused on planning, forecasting, budgeting, and performance evaluation of MBH and its designated subsidiaries. Prior to joining MBH, John-Paul was an Analyst with Alvarez and Marsal where he spent the majority of his time on a team that aided Louisiana’s Recovery School District with the restoration of public schools post Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

John-Paul is active in the Colorado community, serving on the Board of the Rocky Mountain MS Center. In 2007 he was selected as one of the “Fifty for the Future” by the Colorado Statesman and is a graduate of the inaugural class of Impact Denver. John-Paul holds a BA from the University of Colorado.


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