June 27, 2009

Incentives for doing good

by JD Lasica

I had a riveting lunch this week with Jack Herrick (above), a serial entrepreneur who sold eHow (How to Do Just About Everything!) three years ago and, shortly before that, founded wikiHow (Building the World’s How-to Manual), where he’s now CEO of that social-good company. Today’s top wikiHow article: How to Moonwalk Like Michael Jackson. We talked for a while … Continue reading

June 11, 2009

Join the conversation 4Change!

by Amy Sample Ward

Here’s a new monthly Twitter-based conversation about how social media is helping to create change: #4Change. You can see it via the hashtag #4Change. (See our glossary for info about hashtags.) I’ll be chatting this Thursday for the June #$Change chat and hope you’ll join me! Details: Date: Thursday, June 11 Where: Twitter (search for #4Change) When: 5 – 7 pm … Continue reading

May 20, 2009

Mexican arts center ‘saves lives’

by JD Lasica

Mexican Arts Center ‘saves lives’ from JD Lasica on Vimeo. Socialbrite isn’t just about social tools, it’s about stories — stories of people and organizations that are making a real difference in people’s lives. One of the best ones I’ve come across in the past year is the story of Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center. Instructors there teach young people … Continue reading

May 16, 2009

Sloane Berrent on the cause-filled life

by JD Lasica

The cause-filled life from JD Lasica on Vimeo. Sloane Berrent, who publishes TheCausemopolitan and blogs at LAist and GirlsinTech.net, talks about causes and building community in this 3 1/2-minute video interview. I caught up with her a few minutes after the LA tech scene session she co-moderated at South by Southwest 2009 in Austin; the session drew about 120 people. … Continue reading

April 23, 2009

How mobile is empowering consumers

by Katrin Verclas

Sensing is just one way in which mobiles are used in environmental protection. Another promising area is wildlife protection in sensitive areas where humans and animals collide, often to the detriment of protected animals. In the Laikipia District in Kenya, the University of Cambridge conducted a project using mobile phones to protect and manage Kenya’s second largest elephant population, and … Continue reading

April 22, 2009

Carbon footprints, nation by nation

by kiwanja

Just in time for Earth Day: the site Breathing Earth, which is described as a “real-time simulation which displays CO2 emissions from every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates.” The data used comes from reputable sources, although the site admits that a simulation on this scale can never be 100% accurate. Worryingly, they note … Continue reading