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Sponduu: Meet Locals For Group Events

Sponduu is a new social network designed to match you with people in your area with similar interests. Maybe your friends don’t like the symphony, or basketball, or playing hockey, or comedy shows. Sponduu connects you with people who do.

Once you create an account and punch in your zip code, Sponduu shows the Bulletin Board, which contains activities started by other members (or “Sponduuers”). Click on any activity to view the details, how many people can accept, and which members have already accepted. Actually coordinating the event takes place between whoever accepts.

The service also works well with your core group of friends. You can create groups and specify who to invite. After all available spots are filled, it disappears from everyone else’s Bulletin Board. Non-profits can use Sponduu to recruit volunteers as well.

Creating a new activity is a simple one-page form. Activities make up a very long list in a drop-down menu. They were also kind enough to add in an Other option for the truly adventurous. Give a name, date and description, and specify how many people can attend and whether the event should be open to all. Your new listing appears in the Bulletin Board.

Sponduu has a native iPhone app available in the App Store. It’s everything you’d expect. Android and WAP versions are coming soon.

Sponduu is in its very early stages of growth. The site is clean and functional, and people appear to be posting their events. At the moment, the founders are soliciting requests from partners as part of a version 2.0 launch in 2011. Could it be something like Groupon with more of a focus toward meet-ups? We’re definitely curious to see.

Search for the Obvious: Document Past Solutions to Solve Modern Problems

Search for the Obvious, initiated by Acumen Fund, encourages us to take a closer look at our surroundings. On the website, they pose the question, “What everyday objects or services have changed the world and make life better?”

It’s a good question. And Search for the Obvious contains nearly a hundred of them.

When viewers visit the site, they can scroll through simple ideas that caused a change. Posts are submitted by other users and include things like ambulances, water purification, rubber boots, the stove, grafting, mosquito nets and eyeglasses, just to name a few. Clicking on any photo reveals the post, where a user answers what life would be like without the object and the problems it has solved.

We also see some surprises, like solar LED lighting, which has plenty of potential to solve problems but hasn’t quite significantly impacted everyone as much at this point. Or another user’s submission, typography. There truly is a spectrum of value.

So what’s the point, right? We can spend a lifetime assembling an index of vital objects and services, but Search for the Obvious is looking to take the project one step further. Collecting objects is only the first stage in the process. Acumen Fund will be asking volunteers to put their “chops on display” by changing the world’s approach to resolving poverty. Quite the ambitious goal. But if there’s one thing Search for the Obvious demonstrates, it’s that even the smallest, simplest ideas have the potential to change the world.

Catchafire: Using Skills For Good Causes

In the past, people may have learned about volunteer opportunities within their social circles, but Catchafire gives us the ability to scope out projects that would benefit the most from our skills.

Here’s how it works: When you register for the website, you create a profile that focuses on your experiences, skill set, amount of time you can devote and passions. Then, Catchafire takes your responses and shows opportunities from organizations with the best fit. For example, if you have experience with public relations, Catchafire may match you with groups looking for someone to write press releases. Or if you have an accounting background, you may be matched with groups looking for assistance managing their budgets. Applicants connect with groups after Catchafire helps with the introduction.

In a sense, this service is a contract job board for non-profits, without the salary. Roles and responsibilities are listed in advance so both parties know what is expected before signing on.