Fielding Graduate University has established the Fielding Dreamfish Fellows Fund, it was announced in April 2010, by Tiffany von Emmel, Dreamfish founder. The Fielding-Dreamfish partnership is a pioneering model for funding social impact and service education. Nonprofit institutions offer opportunities to their grantees and donors through fellows funds, and Dreamfish members benefit through participation in Dreamfish Service Teams.
The fund was founded by Fielding alumna Julie Anding (HOD '09) and Lisa Korenetsky. Their $5,000 donation is being be matched by Anding's employer, Harley-Davidson, bringing to $10,000 the total contribution to Fielding's Institute for Social Innovation (ISI).
Dreamfish is a person-to-person cooperative owned by its members. It enables members to start micro-business or NGOs with zero capital. They hire and exchange services in an online marketplace, manage collaborative projects, learn in local peer groups. Cooperative members connect via web, phone, Skype, and in-person events. http://dreamfish.com/
Fielding Graduate University is an accredited, nonprofit institution with programs in clinical and media psychology, organizational development, and educational leadership. Fielding is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, where it was founded in 1974. Its distributed community of professionals is dedicated to social justice and diversity; transformational learning; and innovation and advancement in organizations, communities, and society. http://www.fielding.edu/.
The Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) at Fielding has a track record of support for creative approaches to social change in organizations and communities. By supporting committed and talented people who are doing creative work, ISI is building a more humane society and a better future for all.
Fielding's Dreamfish Fellows Program will provide graduate-level learning opportunities to advanced practitioners to apply their leadership skills to develop Dreamfish as an inclusive, effective distributed work and transforming learning community for social impact. Mentored by leaders in community development who are trained in collaboration technology, the fellows will learn to implement and refine best practices that facilitate the learning and development of Dreamfish members. Fellows will begin at a community leadership planning summit on June 2-6, 2010.