The great excitement, energy, and enthusiasm that brought us together is gone. OLPC is dead. In its place, is the reality that technology is a force in education, and we all need to be vigilant about when, where, and how it’s used. – See more at: http://www.olpcnews.com/aboutolpcnews/goodbyeonelaptopperchild.html
Great to see more stuff like this: “The basic concept is that 10 percent of your [mobile phone] bill goes directly to a cause of your choice, straight off the top,” he said. via Recode
The World Health Organization estimates that more than 700 million people do not have access to clean drinking water and over 2.5 billion have no access to toilets. Yet according to the International Telecommunications Union, 96 percent of the world is connected via cellphone — which is why it has become a means of doing good. Continue reading at NYTimes.
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Believe.in says its new look tiles package up over 20 different types of content and activity into “distributable blocks” — that are either automatically generated when users are active across the platform, or can be manually created when users want to share a piece of content (such as a link, video, or photo) with their network.
Causes has been around for a while, previously as a property that brought audience attention to a particular cause. The new site, which recently launched will be a social network with a focus on education and charity. It hopes to get their userbase of 186 million users back on the site and engaging with the community and content. > “We believe there will be special purpose but deep social networks around specific parts of your identity” Causes CEO Matt Mahan tells me. ”We think your purpose or civic identity is a core part that’s currently underserved.”
Read more at TechCrunch
Mitch Kapor unveiled the new Kapor Center for Social Impact, which is a crucible for budding entrepreneurs. It offers funding and consulting for those needing a leg up on the ever-lengthening ladder of social mobility or trying to build a business that helps others do the same.
For those of you in the tri state, here’s an event at General Assembly:
Do Good: A Social Entrepreneurship Event
Saturday, September 21st from 10:00 am to 4:15 pm
Join us for a full day of talks, panels, and networking to gather with innovative thinkers in the social good space. We’ll hear honest stories from entrepreneurs, how non-profits and corporations are collaborating for social good, the future of social entrepreneurship, and more.
Adil Dhalla / Director of Culture, Centre for Social Innovation
Adrienne Schmoeker / Corporate Partnerships Lead, Catchafire
Anna Doherty / Senior Marketing Manager, Engagement, DonorsChoose
Christina Tang / Global Fellow, Acumen Fund
Denielle Sachs / Director of Social Impact, McKinsey & Company
Jay Jaboneta / Global Fellow, Acumen Fund
Kevin Huynh / Chief Breakfast Officer, CreativeMornings
Megan Anhalt / Senior Strategist, Purpose
Melanie Stevenson / Chief Operating Officer, Pencils of Promise
Rei Wang / Community Manager, General Assembly
Seth Bannon / Founder, Amicus
One Today, the charitable giving app Google launched into pilot testing this April, is today publicly available to all Android users in the U.S., the company announced this morning. The app asks users to donate $1 to the projects they like – the idea being, of course, that with scale, these causes will benefit from such small donations.
More at Techcrunch
Heather writes in to remind us about the annual Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School on Oct 4, 2013:
The annual Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School brings together thought leaders from across private, nonprofit, public, and academic sectors to share best practices, debate critical issues, and collaborate on innovative concepts to inspire change. Through interactive sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, a pitch competition, and networking opportunities, the conference presents guests with the opportunity to partake in the most important business and societal conversation of this new era. Tweet about the event using #ColumbiaSEconf.
Read more here.