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The Gamification of Health and Wellness

  This article is part of our coverage of the 2012 Net Impact Conference in Baltimore. It originally appeared on Triple Pundit. For some companies, “corporate social responsibility” is an after-thought or marketing tool; for others, it’s core to their business. Humana, a Fortune 100 healthcare company, recently got serious about its commitments and formalized a CSR program in […]

Mobile Technology Empowers Women, Enables Wealth

This article is part of our coverage of the 2012 Net Impact Conference in Baltimore. It originally appeared on Triple Pundit. “Across the board, nobody wants to do accounting,”  said Shivani Siroya, founder and CEO of inVenture, a global credit scoring company. ”It’s difficult or  they’re lazy or they don’t see the purpose.” Her company, currently working in India, is trying […]

Q&A with Patrick Timony: From Library Stacks to Coding Hacks

  Gone are the days when librarians merely helped customers find books among the stacks. Nowadays, some of these information professionals specialize in helping to build tools that meet the needs of their community, including the “print-disabled,” or people who are unable to read print material, whether due to blindness, dyslexia or another disability. Patrick Timony […]

Jobs of the Week: Energetic Educator for Creative Tutoring

826DC, a nonprofit youth writing center that was voted as one of the top 30 places to work for by GOOD magazine, is hiring a Program Assistant/Coordinator to keep the organization’s creative wheels turning by coordinating its after-school programs, managing  interns and volunteers, assisting with outreach, and administering reports and evaluations. The nonprofit is based in Washington, D.C., where […]

Festival Highlight: The Future of Outreach: New Trends in Digital Media for Nonprofits

The Benevolent Media Festival is a celebration of Washington, D.C.’s community of storytellers and designers dedicated to social and environmental good. Members of the community who identify as “benevolent media creators” are invited to host and organize their own lectures, workshops, performances, networking events or other activities, located at multiple venues across the city, that compel audiences […]

Festival Highlight: Discovering Technology: Bridging the Digital Divide at Bread for the City

  The Benevolent Media Festival is a celebration of Washington, D.C.’s community of storytellers and designers dedicated to social and environmental good. Members of the community who identify as “benevolent media creators” are invited to host and organize their own lectures, workshops, performances, networking events or other activities, located at multiple venues across the city, that compel […]

TimeSlips Gives People with Dementia the Freedom to Imagine

  As memories fade and reality blurs, there’s still one thing to cherish: imagination. As we watch loved ones “lose their mind” we don’t have to fear that they will lose their freedom to create, thanks to a powerful and playful “improvisational storytelling” project called TimeSlips. Since it was established in 1998, the TimeSlips Creative […]

GlobalGiving Collects Stories at the Source

  GlobalGiving, a charity fundraising website, launched the Storytelling Project in Kenya to collect feedback “straight from the source”–from the nonprofits and social entrepreneurs that benefit their communities from the generous donations of their supporters. While GlobalGiving is staffed by 25 people in Washington, D.C., it has created a network of more than 1,000 organizations implementing small […]

Techlomats? Diplotechs? The Rise of Technological Diplomacy

We have freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. Freedom of the press. What about the “freedom to connect”? It’s what U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton espoused last year during an event about Internet freedom held in Washington, D.C. “…the freedom to connect – the idea that governments should not prevent people from connecting to […]

Tech for Good: Microvolunteers

  Let’s face it. Our attention spans have waned to the point where we can’t even focus on lending a helping hand. Thank goodness for Sparked, the world’s first microvolunteering network, formerly known as The Extraordinaries. It’s a concept similar to Gigwalk, the app that pays you to walk around and explore, which we wrote about […]

Technology and Social Innovation: The Foundation for Social Success

Technology and Social Innovation: The Foundation for Social Success

Rey Raymond, Biz Stone and Julius Genachowski. Photo by Tech Cocktail. “Technology and social innovation together, creates the foundation for a recipe of social success.”  Julius Genachowski, FCC Chairman (February 23, 2011) On the eve of a potential U.S. Federal Government shutdown and a political showdown in Wisconsin about collective bargaining for unions, especially for […]

Top 5 Tools for Telling Beautiful Stories

COWBIRD http://cowbird.com/ Create your own personal saga with this new audio-visual storytelling platform. Founder Jonathan Harris (of We Feel Fine fame) created the totally free website to keep a slower-paced chronicle of the “human experience” as a respite from the frenzied world of quick-fire tweets and status updates. The result is a beautiful ecosystem of stories with built-in social sharing capabilities, […]

The Future of Media is Storytelling

“As we move to this world where we consume things on screen and the lines blur between television and radio and the printed word and every medium, everything is going to be catered to storytelling,” says writer Nick Bilton in a recent interview with Wired.com. The techie journalist, who’s written about everything from crowdsourcing hamburgers […]