Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I am just back from the Africa Economic Summit in Mozambique. His embrace of business development, reform, and advancing the interests of his people made quite an impression on me. I was very impressed with President Chissano, the former Marxist revolutionary who is stepping down next year after leading his country for 18 years. He also has a terrific sense of humor. I usually doze off when politicians start their pre-programmed speeches: Chissano was riveting and real.

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The basic concept was that business can help the 5 billion people at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Earlier this year, I remember buying roasted cashews from a woman on the street in Maputo, Mozambique, who had her wares balanced on her head. You can make cash withdrawals from your phone at McDonald's and thousands of other businesses. Almost all of their business is prepaid, and SMS is a huge part of the business because text messages are much cheaper than calls

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Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I attended a dinner at the Africa Economic Summit on the topic, and what was surprising was how little interest the business community showed in it. The attendees joked about how it was the "usual crowd," of NGO leaders, religious leaders such as Archbishop Ndungane (Tutu's successor), pharma company staff and the handful of business leaders with an active interest in the topic. More stories from my recent trip to Africa.

Nonprofit Technology News for October 2013

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In Mozambique, for example, a recent study showed that using just 1GB of data can cost well over two months’ wages for the average citizen. Other topics the Skoll World Forum covers include advocacy, collaboration, fundraising, healthcare, human rights, hybrid business models, impact measurement, media, philanthropy, sustainable markets, water and sanitation, and women and girls issues. Time to catch up on some nonprofit technology trends and news again!

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All for Green, and Green for All: An Interview with Van Jones

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The other barrier is, because businesses are designed to make money, and it is a stretch for them, "How am I going to make money and also honor the Earth?" We are going to do those things that will make it easy for business to do the right thing." If you are a business person you can find yourself working side by side with somebody that is from the not for profit community.

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