making it simple to organize community action
lots of energy. little infrastructure
We live in an exciting and scary time...when millions of people want to get involved with making the world a better place...but lack the right tools.
They want to start urban gardens, or tutor students, or launch art exhibits. They're trying to organize their office to volunteer on the weekend or mobilize the new friends they made at a women's rights march...
They need tools built specifically to help them discover, organize & crowd-fund their work.
We provide that infrastructure
We're building an ecosystem so that Community Organizing can be simple & sustainable. A platform packed with best practices rising from local organizers, but stretching across the globe.
We measure what works
We've got really smart folks to measure project activity. This data lets globally-minded corporations and philanthropic partners invest in the most impactful local projects.
Together, we'll build a better us.
Historic moments can birth historic solutions. That's why our team is excited to be working right now with some amazing Chicago based people: Obama Alumni, Chicago Community Organizers, Corporate Partners, Data consultants, and software developers all working hard to launch in Chicago in Summer of 2017. We're ready to help Chicagoans tangibly participate in organizing stronger, safer, smarter communities.
why build a better us, now?
It's no secret that there is too much us vs. them mentality in our world—but we're inspired by the hundreds of millions of people organizing local projects that are not only building stronger, safer, smarter communities, they are building trust with their neighbors, and showing the world that there really is no them on planet earth—just us.
That's why it's so important to help people organize glocal projects...these are spaces where enemies can matriculate toward neighbors. Glocal projects are spaces where trust, peace, respect, curiosity and imagination can grow between people.
And we're all-in on that. People are important. Every single one of us.
jimmy spencer jr
Jimmy Spencer Jr is our CEO. He sparks the company vision, strategy and growth as it creates infrastructure for people to organize safe, stronger, smarter communities. A 20 year veteran of community organizing, Jimmy has lived in the USSR, delivered Immigration speeches for Obama For America, marched in the streets of Chicago, served as the US Campaign director for STOP THE TRAFFIK, and done work on almost every continent. In 2006 Jimmy founded Love Without Agenda, a network of unique local people collaborating on social impact projects.
His collective experiences have galvanized his identity as a global citizen: community action, corporate responsibility, environmental preservation, peaceful protest, human rights, and religious bridge-building. He is a decorated University of Missouri track and field athlete, graduating with a degree in Religious Studies.
Lover of the Underdog. Mover of Mountains. Akron Kid. Global Nomad.
steve chalke, MBE
Steve Chalke is our Chief Community Officer. He spearheads resourcing, inspiring, and training of our Glocal community organizers. Steve currently serves as the United Nations' GIFT special adviser on community action and is a prominent, sometimes outspoken, leader and social activist with a long-held global presence that has cemented his place as a community action rock star. His 30+ years of leadership have yielded an vast and unique understanding of the corporate and government sectors. There are few people on the planet who have a greater knowledge of building communities, and engaging the corporate world to do good.
He is the founder of Oasis, a London based charity that operates in communities across the globe and is one of the UK's largest provider of academies. Steve is often recognized from his work on BBC and was appointed MBE by the Queen in 2004 for his services to social inclusion. At 2012 London Summer Olympics Steve was honored as a torchbearer. He currently holds the individual Guinness Book of World Records for raising the most money at a single charity event. He was married to Cornelia in 1980 and they have four children Emily, Daniel, Abigail and Joshua. He enjoys running and is rumored to give the best tours of central London!
Dee Yaccino is our COO and is responsible for overseeing operations. An accomplished anthropologist, educator, community organizer and consultant—she has over 25 years of field experience.
Dee has lived among remote tribes of Bolivia, flourished in the inner cities of the Dominican Republic, and consulted high-impact organizations across the globe. She is at home maximizing organizational structures, developing executive leadership, tracking alligators in the jungle, or empowering local women to lead in their local community...no matter where that may be. Dee is currently finishing her PHD in the area of social capital in the Chicago area, where she lives with her husband Tom and her four children, Aisha, Alina, Alize and Aaron.
She speaks English, Spanish and Quechua.
Chief Technical Officer
We'll be announcing our Technical founder soon. We're looking for the coolest person ever. We're excited the splash it will make in the community organizing and the technology world. We know we need a technology rockstar if we're going to change the world—so we're going out to get one.