Your Brain on Virtual Reality

As Virtual Reality (VR) becomes more accessible, social ventures are looking new ways to use the latest technology in tackling socials issues such as addiction.

As the number of Americans addicted to painkillers and other opioids remains a significant problem, VR is providing drug-free pain management to hospital patients. The Virtual Relief Organization, a project sponsored by the Center for Social Change, brings VR headsets to medical facilities at no cost, allowing patients to simulate the experience of traveling to destinations around the world as part of their recovery process.

The technology may even be helpful in revealing injuries that doctors have a nearly impossible time diagnosing, such as mild concussions caused by small impact during athletics or military training.

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‘Give Miami Day’ Offers You The Chance To Help Your Community

Give Miami Day is an opportunity to highlight the work and support the efforts of organizations house at the Center for Social Change that are working to change the world every day.

From CBS Miami:

Charities Services Centers was one of many organizations that supports the community year round. But on this day, they donated to dozens of nonprofits.

“Working here has been extremely gratifying,” said Robert Carbajal.  “Especially on days like today where I can see what we do actually goes directly into the pockets and funding that organizations need every single day to do what they do from education to afterschool programs to sports programs health research and all of it.”

In celebration of the 24-hour event, the Freedom Tower was lit purple.

Nonprofits like the ones housed at Center for Social Change are thankful.

“Who doesn’t feel good about giving back? We’re getting most of the holidays and we really like to see people get excited about giving back so that’s what exciting for us at Center for Social Change,” said Christina Pierce.

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Doing well by doing good: Social ventures on the rise in South Florida

Social entrepreneurs are finding a home in Miami and at the Center for Social Change. These leading edge enterprises are tackling some of the community’s most pressing issues like poverty, health care, and equality.

From Miami Herald:

A few years ago, Lauren Harper co-founded the Center for Social Change, a Miami co-working and educational hub for social ventures. This year, she founded a Miami chapter of the global Social Venture Partners organization to support social ventures in the growth stage through mentorship and investment and eventually grow social impact investing in South Florida, too. Social ventures chosen by SVP will be given $100,000 over three years in funding and support services.

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What is climate gentrification?

In a push to make cities more sustainable and resilient, some residents are being pushed out. The Center for Social Change is supporting programs that are fighting climate gentrification.

From GreenBiz.com:

Mays is working with Capelli to slowly expand the number of contractors, planners and architects accredited by LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) by launching a program called #SmartCohort, backed by the Center for Social Change. An initial group of 17 participants (out of 200-plus applicants) won LEED accreditation in Miami last year.

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The do-good ‘Sharks’ pick a winner: pop-up barbershops

Founder of SVP Miami and co-founder of the Center for Social Change in Philanthropy Miami 2017.

From Miami Herald:

The idea is that SVP will be an on-ramp, helping promising concepts that already have traction to grow and become “venture ready” for social impact funders, said Lauren Harper, founder of SVP Miami. Over time, SVP Miami will mentor and fund a number of ventures and for each venture it will be a multi-year commitment, she said.

Harper also co-founded the Center for Social Change, a Miami co-working and education center for nonprofit and for-profit social ventures.

“The center does an incredible job bringing people together … but more is needed,” said Harper, who already has 11 founding partners. “The SVP model provides the right combination of resources and capital to support social ventures that can scale. And this is the right time to do this in Miami.”

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