You’re telling me technology is used for good? You’re crazy!

A look inside a technology revolution that’s more about making a difference than just being the next billion dollar evaluation.

What would you say if I told you there was a shift happening in our society?

A shift to a more responsible world. A world where it’s more than just profits. Where companies are purpose-driven and leverage their influence for good.

Would you think I’m crazy? Or could you believe it?

Well you should, because it’s happening right now.

Meet #Tech4Good.

A social movement that Nissa Ramsay of Think Social Tech describes as,”a community of people, projects, organisations, and funders promoting the role of technology to improve social, environmental, and economic outcomes.”

Traditionally, it has mainly been the not-for-profit sector making a social impact, yet business acumen was low, and funding for technology was inexistent.

Traditionally, it has mainly been the not-for-profit sector making a social impact, yet business acumen was low, and funding for technology was inexistent.

Millennials are changing that.

Social Entrepreneurs, Changemakers, Idealists, and Dreamers are showing up with passion and purpose for their careers, creating businesses that exist to make an impact.

This has put pressure on existing corporations to become more socially responsible.

So rather than producing technology just for profits, there are more and more products popping up that literally make a positive impact either as a by-product or directly.

Well that’s cool, but why’s it so important?

Look at the world around you.

There are many problems that face our communities whether it’s access to resources, equality, environmental degradation, shall I go on?

Without technological advancements it is hard to scale and create measurable social impact to alleviate these issues, let alone compete with profit-seeking competitors.

#Tech4Good focuses on making a tangible social impact first, and puts profits second.

By leveraging technology for good, we will create scalable impact, alleviate global problems, and have the means to measure a program’s effectiveness.

By leveraging technology for good, we will create scalable impact, alleviate global problems, and have the means to measure a program’s effectiveness.

What’s more, technology is so versatile we can use it in an infinite amount of ways:

Data protection, community development, financial security, health and wellness, individualized education, sustainable living. The list can go on and on.

Awesome point! So what kind of impact has #Tech4Good had?

There’s this awesome app called Panda that uses artificial intelligence to help visually impaired people by bringing “eyes into ears.” By holding your camera up, your phone is able to identify what is in front of you and then speak it aloud to you.

Besides that, over 100 Syrian families in refugee camps have been helped by blockchain! Through AID.TECH, families received $10,000 transparently distributed as donations, used in partnership with a local supermarket, and provided security of personal identity. [1]

And just one more, it’s probably my favorite. PainSquad. These people are awesome. They had a hard time optimizing administration of pain medicine for young cancer patients. So they created a fun app where the child gets notifications to record pain levels and locations throughout the day. This allowed doctors to more effectively prescribe medicine.

But that’s just a little taste. There honestly are hundreds of programs out there using #tech4good.

Like these amazing organizations leading this technology revolution:

Better World International: We’re a tech not-for-profit that develops game-based social impact projects. Our flagship project, The Good Cards, is a real-time mobile app for doing good deeds where you can track your ripple effect of kindness. It is designed for Social Emotional Learning and Youth Participation within schools, as well as applications for cause marketing and customer engagement social impact initiatives in corporations.

ConsensysBuilds decentralized applications and various developer and end-user tools for blockchain ecosystems, primarily focused on Ethereum. Consensys is an impact hub that is leveraging its network to help build successful companies that intend to make a social impact.

DoSomething.org: A digital platform powering offline action. DoSomething.org creates social change campaigns to mobilize youth all over the world, and has done things like: cleaning up 3.7 million cigarette buds and donating one million pairs of jeans in a single year.

I wanna join the movement!

There are so many ways you can get involved.

For starters, head on over to The Good Cards where you can grab a free Good Card and start your own chain reaction of kindness.

You can also check out this neat article on 7 projects that make real positive impact with technology.

Oh yeah, and if you know of some other really cool social impact projects, please share on the LinkedIn post for the rest of us to see.

#Tech4Good

Further reading

[1]: https://makesense.org/en/article/7-projects-that-make-real-positive-impact-with-technology/

Credit Tech for Good Hub for the image. 

Originally published on LinkedIn. 

Published on June 20 @ 19:49 EST. 

 

 

About the Author

Corey

Corey is the CEO of Better Word International, leading the development of The Good Cards which is an innovative online-gaming platform and app that engages people worldwide in doing good deeds for happiness and global sustainability. As an active life coach and aspiring social justice activist, Corey empowers individuals and communities and helps them to flourish through personal development coaching and community service involvement.