April 9, 2009

Mobile solutions getting more mature

by kiwanja

It’s incredible to think that exactly four years ago I was gearing up to write the early FrontlineSMS prototype. Although a lot was undecided, a central pillar of my early thinking was that a “platform approach” would be the most flexible and appropriate, and that it would be wrong and restrictive of me to try and build a specific, local … Continue reading

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April 9, 2009

Witness puts tools for empowerment online

by JD Lasica

This post originally appeared Jan. 31, 2006, at Socialmedia.biz: Over the past couple of months, I’ve been having discussions with the good folks at Witness.org about how Witness and Ourmedia could work together. Witness has announced an ambitious plan to build a set of publishing tools that would let those in repressive or abusive conditions shine a spotlight on what’s … Continue reading

April 9, 2009

Samasource enables socially responsible outsourcing

by JD Lasica

Samasource from JD Lasica on Vimeo. Leila Chirayath, founder and CEO of Samasource, has been popping up at nonprofit events everywhere lately. Samasource is a nonprofit organization in Silicon Valley that connects small and mid-size businesses with individuals and firms in the developing world that can perform outsourcing work (such as data entry) in a socially responsible way. They now … Continue reading

April 2, 2009

Amazee: a platform for social activism

by JD Lasica

Amazee from JD Lasica on Vimeo. Dania Gerhardt, co-founder and chief of finance and operations for Amazee.com, discusses “the world’s first social collaboration platform.” Her company, based in Zurich, Switzerland, launched in September 2007 and the platform went public in May 2008. Amazee is a platform for social activism and enabling groups and movements to use collaborative tools. I’m excited … Continue reading

April 1, 2009

GoodVision: Powering corporate social responsibility

by JD Lasica

This post is condensed from an April 2008 dispatch from Israel on Socialmedia.biz. We had a fascinating conversation over a lunch of yummy falafels at GoodVision, an Israeli consulting company that specializes in planning and managing corporate social responsibility processes in firms and governmental agencies. General manager Ivri Verbin took us through the site’s mission and mentioned these sites, which … Continue reading

March 24, 2009

Social mobile: A moral duty to do more?

by kiwanja

Is the future of social mobile an empowered few, or an empowered many? Mobile tools in the hands of the masses presents great opportunity for NGO-led social change, but is that the future we’re creating? In “The White Man’s Burden – Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good,” William Easterly’s … Continue reading