Geek Heresy

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Along the way of making his case, he takes on a lot of the popular tech and business for social good memes, like: One Laptop Per Child The Hole-in-the-Wall experiment The Arab Spring as social media revolution Toms Shoes The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid (CK Prahalad) Telecenters The fetish of school testing (aka No Child Left Behind) Google (especially some optimistic pronouncements) He scores some good points here, usually by pointing out that the hype doesn’t match up with the claims.


Are Crowd Funding Platforms the New Patrons of Independent Media?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In 2008, she asked for advice about raising money to go to Africa to help support the first community access television station opening in Ghana. Some of the tools needed to do this work are obvious: a camera, microphone, headphones, tripod, laptop, and maybe a light.


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Technology and the Environment

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

We leave that to China, Ghana, and other countries. And, between phones, tablets, e-readers, laptops, desktops, servers, routers … it’s an incredible amount of resource consumption and waste. This is an issue I’ve been struggling with for a long time. I’m an unrepentant, unabashed technophile.


7 ways Facebook’s Subscribe Button can be a nonprofit game-changer

John Haydon

This way, a donor who consistently supports the organization in Ghana can subscribe to updates from that UNICEF spokesperson. That’s all I got for now… Just a few ideas from a guy with a laptop.


The Faces of International Development


Do these same sites appear the same to those in Ghana? Can we really debate one laptop per child and mobile access when kids may really just need food, clothes and school books? The Society for International Development has done it again!


Learnings and Reflections from BlogHer about Mobile Phones for Video Blogging and Beyond

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When I got home, I remembered the work of colleague Joitske Hulsebosch who has taught video blogging in Ghana. Some Cambodians may have more than one phone as Borin explains here Borin also writes about how he uses his mobile phone with his laptop to get online. Photo 1. Photo 2.