UK BASED SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURIAL NETWORKING PLATFORM UNVEILED AS FORMER ‘PM AWARDS’ REPRESENTATIVE Thursday 27 March 2008 PDF Print UnLtdWorld, the online platform for social entrepreneurs, is proud to announce that it has been chosen as the vehicle to connect the country’s most exciting social and technology innovators by the UK Catalyst Awards, formerly known as the Prime Minister’s Social Technology Awards. The UK Catalyst Awards (formerly known as the Prime Minister’s Social Technology Awards), has been quick to observe the impact and potential of UK based social entrepreneurship platform UnLtdWorld. The networking website www.UnLtdWorld.com was chosen over other social networking websites to represent the Awards mainly because of its purpose and social focus. While mainstream social networks boast millions of members, there is often a lack in the relevance of connections and content that is established, or can be forged beyond circles of acquaintances. UnLtdWorld is a community for social entrepreneurs, socially-minded people and socially-driven organisations that invest their efforts in changing the world for the better. The Catalyst Awards are a national social technology award scheme that will celebrate and recognise the efforts of individuals from all over the UK who’ve used social technology such as the web, social networking, gaming and more to do something good for their community. In addition to the Prime Minister and senior cabinet ministers from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, and the Office of the Third Sector, the awards are being supported by organisations such as NESTA and UnLtd. Jim Lawn, co-founder of Polecat, a lead partner in the Catalyst Awards said, “We at Catalyst are delighted to be working with UnLtdWorld around the Catalyst Social Technology Awards. We selected UnLtdWorld as the official social network partner for the Catalyst as we feel that UnLtdWorld is the pre-eminent social network when it comes to connecting social entrepreneurs, socially-minded people and socially driven organisations within a relevant context. Catalyst is about using technology to make a difference, and we think that UnLtdWorld is a fantastic example of this. The hope is that through UnLtdWorld we will be able to attract some of the UK’s most exciting innovators, and that all participants in the Awards will be able to connect, showcase their projects, share knowledge and co-create value within a community, so that Catalyst’s impact can continue in time long after the award recipients are recognized” Alberto Nardelli, chief strategist of UnLtdWorld said: “UnLtdWorld is proud to been chosen as the social network for the UK Catalyst Awards as the initiative truly reflects the ethos and purpose of the platform. UnLtdWorld is about connecting socially-minded people within an online community, providing socially-minded people with tools to share and find relevant and targeted information and supporting social entrepreneurs and organisations to build their capacity through meaningful use of technology and in ways that enable greater social impact in the real world.” He continued, “We are honoured to be supporting some of the UK’s most exciting projects and social entrepreneurs.” The awards will be divided into multiple categories all relating to social impact and use of technology, such as education, environment, skills, health and community cohesion, to which people can apply online through the Awards site. All applicants will be invited to join UnLtdWorld, where they can connect with others doing similar projects, promote their ideas, share and find targeted information and make the connections and find the resources they need to succeed. A Group has in fact been set up on UnLtdWorld to connect all participants and can be found at www.unltdworld.com/catalyst Based in the UK, www.UnLtdWorld.com has now got over 2200 active members, with 1 in 3 members visiting every day, including a number of high profile and well known business individuals along with some of the biggest names in social enterprise. Anyone is able to join the social networking site and some of the people who have already signed up include, the CEOs of key organisations, editors from New Consumer and The Guardian, the founders of start-ups such as Walkit.com, Green Knickers and Mozzo Coffee, key employees from innovation agencies such as Pop!Tech, and Government officials. END FURTHER INFORMATION UnLtdWorld enables social entrepreneurs, socially-minded people and socially-driven organisations to share, shape and use social insight to generate greater positive impact in the real world. UnLtdWorld was created by UnLtd- the foundation of social entrepreneurs to foster a community that connects social entrepreneurs worldwide, and to enable socially-minded people to share and build knowledge within a “social market place”. Ultimately the goal is to deeply leverage the dynamics of social networks to generate greater social impact in the real world. UnLtdWorld was created with the purpose of making the world a better place, all of our work and future decisions shall always be driven by this - a profound difference with other sites. In parallel to fostering a vibrant community, UnLtdWorld aims to help build the capacity of organisations and enhance the efficiency of relations between social entrepreneurs, relevant agencies and the general public. We aim to do this through the UnLtdWorld Research Lab, the world's most powerful mapping and graphing of social entrepreneurship, and of social and environmental issues. The Research Lab will soon open up, making all data accessible and usable within comparative analysis, to dynamically inform research, projects and applications, and to power tools that effectively connect social entrepreneurs, organisations and content. The aim is to therefore not only become a valuable platform for any individual or agency with an interest in social and environmental issues, but to empower an ecosystem beyond UnLtdWorld. HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. ENDS Editors Notes For more information contact Rich, 10 Yetis Public Relations Agency on 01452 527898 – firstname.lastname@example.org To speak to the UnLtdWorld media team contact Rachel Slade, email@example.com or on 0207 566 1137. UnLtdWorld - Over 2200 active members - UnLtdWorld aims to foster a community of socially-minded people - Over 10 minutes average time spent per user on the site per day, 10 pages/visit/user/day, 1000s of objects added to the site, 4000 page views on average per day. - For an overview of the sites functionality visit: http://unltdworld.com/downloads/UnLtdWorld_Overview.pdf - A dedicated media section is available here: http://unltdworld.com/pages/media.php - Have featured in the Guardian Mashable, New Consumer Magazine and other national media UnLtd – The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs - UnLtd is a unique and dynamic organisation whose mission is to reach out and unleash the energies of social entrepreneurs - UnLtd provides a complete package of funding and support, to help these individuals make their ideas a reality. - Since launching in 2002, UnLtd has supported over 7000 individuals across the UK. - For more information visit our website at www.unltd.org.uk UnLtdWorld is powered by Elgg - Elgg is an open platform that allows anyone to build socially aware applications. 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