Dean Kamen Urges Innovators To Help Solve The World’s Problems

From Cnet:

Kamen gave a talk at the Lux Executive Summit here about science and innovation. But he had a clear ulterior motive: convince a room full of technologists to address the “chilling” need for more scientists and engineers to solve the world’s worsening problems.

Kamen said that addressing the basic needs–such as water and power–of the very poorest people would prevent millions of deaths a year and make a huge impact on environmental problems. He said 1.1 billion people don’t have access to safe drinking water and 1.6 billion lack access to electricity.

He talks about a few interesting examples in the article, which you can read here.

Yahoo Tries Affinity Search

Related to my previous posts on affinity search engines (see here and here), Yahoo has decided to dabble in this space:

As part of Yahoo!’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month initiative, Yahoo! Search is announcing a new Infobar built on the SearchMonkey platform that will help Search users make donations to help find a cure for breast cancer without spending an extra dime. We teamed up with the non-profit organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure to build a SearchMonkey app that is displayed under Yahoo! Search results for dozens of popular shopping sites like Amazon, HP and If users click “Shop” and complete a purchase, the affiliate commission will go directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure — 7.5% of the purchase price, on average. And to encourage folks to use the enhancement, called Search for a Cause, Yahoo! will donate a dollar for every user that adds the application up to $25,000.


Other blog posts on affinity search engines:

Another Affinity Search Engine: Ecocho

Latest on Affinity Search Engines: Google pulls the plug on eco-friendly search engine Forestle – A UK-based Charity Search Engine

Latest on Affinity Search Engines: Google pulls the plug on eco-friendly search engine Forestle

From Ars Technica: Google has ended its partnership with “green” search engine Forestle, saying that the site offered “incentives to click artificially on sponsored links.” Forestle says that it is attempting to “clarify” the issue and get the site reactivated, but for now, we’ll all have to put our environmentally-conscious searching on hold.

SocialVibe: A Social Media Platform That Helps Raise Money For Charities

I searched through my site and realized that I hadn’t yet covered SocialVibe. I consider this organization one of the more successful web based social enterprises. These guys are L.A. based, raised venture capital, and just announced that they’ve raised over $100k in donations since they launched six months ago.

The company said that in the six months since its February 2008 launch of public beta, its platform has helped its members raised more than $100,000 in donations for charities.

“Partnering with SocialVibe has been a great way for us to reach new and influential supporters as well as increase our online presence in social media,” said Laura Ziskin, Executive Producer, Stand Up To Cancer.

Link to venturedeal coverage.

Here’s a link to their press release.

I also found this interesting powerpoint on slideshare describing the value that they provide.

More Affinity Search From Microsoft: Search And Give

One of the most exciting developments we’ve had in the last year was the success of our inaugural Search and Give program where your queries helped to raise more than $250,000 for local schools and non-profits.

By signing up at, consumers can start donating one cent per search to more than 100,000 schools and 900,000 non-profit organizations worldwide every time they use the Live Search to find whatever interests them. People can also convert tickets they’ve earned playing games on Microsoft’s Live Search Club, at, into donations for those same schools or charities.


Microsoft’s i’m Program Available To Hotmail Users

Hat tip to TechCrunch, “Microsoft’s i’m Initiative, which launched in March 2007, has expanded to include Hotmail. The program donates a portion of the ad revenue generated through Hotmail and Messenger to any of ten worthwhile causes.”

Background on Microsoft i’m:

i’m is an initiative from Microsoft. Every time you use Windows Live™ Messenger or Windows Live Hotmail®, our free webmail service, Microsoft shares a portion of the program’s advertising revenue with an organization of your choice from a selection of some of the world’s most effective organizations dedicated to social causes. We’ve set no cap on the amount we’ll donate to each organization. The sky’s the limit. And it’s free.