Rudi von Staden at Ungana Afrika is starting a research project looking into different ways that ICT students or recent graduates can be engaged to provide capacity building and technology support to NGOs and Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. If you are personally involved in one, or know of other projects that he can contact to participate in the research, please contact them via http://www.ungana-afrika.org/projects/sdp.htm
, which also provides more information on the project.
dotOrganize, a new project facilitated by ScoutSeven, is trying to get
better tech/organizing tools and strategies into the hands of grassroots,
social change organizers. The first and MOST IMPORTANT step in this project
has been understanding what organizers on the ground actually need to
support their work -- what works, what doesn't, what solutions are called
for. So all you organizers out there, please take 10 minutes to complete
the dotOrganize survey. This is your chance to help shape the next
generation of online organizing tools for the grassroots sector!
Another story from MobileActive: Emily Gertz, our friend at WorldChanging and our prolific MobileActive blogger, profiles Tad Hirsch of txtmob fame and his Speakeasy project in Chinatown in Boston. Using voice over IP telephony and mobile phones, Speakeasy is a "a software-enabled telephone call center staffed by multilingual community volunteers. Newcomers to Chinatown who are not fluent in English can call the service and connect with someone from the neighborhood who can provide immediate language interpretation, answer questions, and offer advice."
Aspiration helps nonprofits and foundations use software tools more effectively and sustainably. We serve as ally, coach, strategist, mentor and facilitator to those trying to make more impactful use of information technology in their social change efforts.
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