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Twitter roundup – October 8: Life-ring bazookas, eyeglasses, and being unreasonable

   /   Oct 8th, 2010News

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week:

Quite a bit of news this week is wrapped up in the three-day SOCAP (@SOCAP10) conference that concluded earlier this week in San Francisco. There are a plethora of recaps on blogs across the web (including Dowser!), and you can watch all the keynotes here. If you prefer your updates in short form, SOCAP’s Twitter feed is a good place to start — or just search for #SOCAP10 on Twitter.

Thanks to news aggregator and journalist Maria Popova (@brainpicker) for highlighting this new invention. On Tuesday, the James Dyson Award was given to Australian industrial design student Samuel Adeloju for his life ring bazooka, named “Longreach”. It can propel inflatable life rings over long distances to drowning victims in rescue situations. The award, worth a total of £20,000, is given yearly to the most promising young design engineer. You can read more here.

The Unreasonable Institute (@BeUnreasonable) has opened up its 2011 session application process. If you’re working on a startup with significant social change potential that you want to take to the next level, here’s your chance to apply. If you haven’t read our coverage of lessons learned from Unreasonable Institute Fellows on Dowser, maybe it’d be a good time to watch their fun web video series on how it works! Applications close on November 10, so get working.

Profiled on GOOD (@GOOD) this week was eyewear startup 141 Eyewear. That’s not “one forty one”— it’s “one four one.” As in, you buy a pair, and another pair goes to a person in need, like TOMS. You can pick up a pair of eyeglasses at a number of retailers in major cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York –and learn more about the 141 ethos, here.

Did you come across any other notable #socent tweets this week? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @dowserDOTorg.

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