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I’ve seen “change” from multiple sides.

I spent 2.5 years in the Peace Corps where I experienced how difficult it is for a minimally-resourced outsider to create change. I then spent two years as a reporter at tech news site VentureBeat where I covered thousands of startups trying to “disrupt” things for the better. In both cases, I found people obsessed with solving important problems, but using dramatically different approaches.

“Social innovation” or “social enterprise” sits between these two worlds. It is a movement built on the idea that innovation can save the world. Beacon will help fund reporting trips to developing countries where I will cover these ideas.


“Change don’t come easy.”

3.4 million people die each year from a water-related disease. 35 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. 27 million people are still trapped in slavery. The media bombards us with stories about these problems, but these problems are not the full story. Why? Because solutions are working.

Many countries that were aid recipients are now self-sufficient and home to an emerging middle class. Child mortality rates, as well as diseases like malaria and tuberculosis, are improving. International literacy rates continue to rise, particularly for girls and women.

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The world is changing, as is the way the world thinks about change. More people than ever before are dedicating their lives to making a difference, and technology is changing the way we address tough problems. There has never been a more interesting time to cover the solutions, and yet we are rarely presented with thoughtful commentary on the why and how of change.

I will write about the solutions, experiments, lessons, successes and failures that happen when striving for social change. I hope that by telling these stories, people will not only be more aware of these problems, but more empowered to start solving them.

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Your funds will cover the following:

✓ Minimal travel expenses while I spend time in the field with these organizations learning about and documenting their work.

✓ Examining challenges and successes when it comes to tackling issues like education, human trafficking, clean water, female empowerment, preventable disease, sanitation, hunger/nutrition and more.

✓ Exploring the emerging world of social enterprise, and, specifically the role technology and innovation play in how we conceptualize and strive for change.

100% funded with just 2 days left! Let's keep the momentum going.

June 27 at 8:42 pm

Hi everyone,

I wanted to thank you all for your support of Chasing Change. I really appreciate it and couldn’t have done it without you.

Let’s keep the momentum going. Here’s what we can do at the following levels of funding:

$3,000: I can visit an NGO and document them on a video platform and send it out to subscribers.

$3,500: Extend the project to Africa.

$4,000: I can create a long form documentary on all of my travels along with an event for readers to come view it when I get home.

If you can continue sharing the project link http://www.beaconreader.com/projects/chasing-change with friends and family members we can go above and beyond with our reporting. With 2 days left in our campaign, there’s still so much we can do.

Thanks so much,


Just 6 days left!

June 24 at 5:57 pm

Hi all,

Your support has been the one thing keeping me going so far and I couldn’t have done it without you. We’re really almost there and I am so excited to start working on this project.

Please keep sharing the link (http://www.beaconreader.com/projects/chasing-change) with friends and family via Facebook and e-mail as the more it is shared, the more people can learn about Chasing Change.

Let’s make this reporting happen! Thanks so much.



We're more than 50% of the way there!

June 18 at 8:42 pm

Hi all,

I just wanted to thank you for your ongoing support to help me pursue these important stories. It means so much that you all believe in me and it makes me further ingrained in my passion for reporting.

If you each could share this link http://www.beaconreader.com/projects/chasing-change with one other friend or family member, it would be a great help. A little help goes a long way and I cannot thank you enough.



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Rebecca Grant BIOGRAPHY

I am a journalist who has covered everything from sex trafficking to venture capital to homelessness. I have been published in Washingtonian Magazine, the Daily Dot, and the Washington Post. Most recently I spent two years as the startup reporter at VentureBeat. Prior to VentureBeat, I also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Thailand, where I worked on education, student health and women’s empowerment projects.

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