Mark Fadden, author of the weekly “Jobs” column in the Star-Telegram, features United Way’s new KERNEL social innovation initiative in his Sept. 25 column. The goal of KERNEL is to find and grow new solutions to local social problems in the areas of education, income and health by bringing together a cross-section of individuals, organizations, non-profits, for-profits and entrepreneurs. At a Nov. 2 “Shark Tank”-like event called KERNEL LIVE!, community investors will hear presentations and decide which proposal should receive the first funds ever awarded from the new KERNEL social innovation fund.
“To bring a new initiative like KERNEL into existence is no small feat,” says Mark in his column. “However, sometimes all it takes is just an idea, or kernel, if you will, that starts in the recesses of someone’s mind that others help nurture until one day, POP!, groups come together to make it the program that it is.“
The column specifically talks about how United Way is working with KERNEL partners TechFW and IDEA Works FW to create a synergy in the business startup and innovation communities.
“As those cities that bring fresh, innovative ideas will be the ones that continue to grow and be successful in our information-based society, collaborative programs like KERNEL can be used to help provide workers with quality jobs that have a robust future,” says Mark.