Leveraging Technology For Social Impact


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An emerging generation of leaders and changemakers from all over the world are harnessing the power of online and mobile technology to bring about significant positive social change, most especially to the world’s poor with limited or no access to such technology. Examples abound such as Kiva, where in just over four years, have managed to raise $100 million in the form of microloans for entrepreneurs in developing countries (and most recently, to entrepreneurs based in the US); to organizations such as Cell-Life and SIMpill in South Africa leveraging mobile SMS technology to revolutionize healthcare delivery for patients with HIV/AIDS and TB respectively.

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  • What does Social Change have go do with Technology?DISCUSS HOW THIS TALK RELATES TO TECHNOLOGYsocial impact of technologySocial Innovation Generation, Laurel CentreSocial changePOWER TALK – present new ideas and perspectives
  • However, let me begin by talking about why I am here in the first place… my passionsYOUNG PEOPLEpower and opportunities like never before to affect positive change in the worldat the tip of our fingersWHAT DOES THIS CHANGE LOOK LIKE?HOW DO YOU BRING IT DOWN TO REALITY?HOW DO YOU LEVERAGE TECHNOLOGY?RISE OF THE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR
  • KIVA2003 – Jessica Jackley and Matt FlanneryStanford Business School – heard Muhammad Yunus speakTraveled and worked in Africa with a nonprofit organization, interviewed entrepreneursFound that the lack of access to capital was cited as an increasing problemFounded Grameen Bank, banker of the poor2005 – Launched Kiva initially as a personal pilot projectleverage the internet, e-commerce, easy for people to provide loansKiva – Swahili$100 million
  • GRAMEEN PHONESSeen the possibility of the world’s poor as viable borrowers, what if we were to consider them as partners in generating revenue?With more than 20 million subscribers (as of June 2008)[4], Grameenphone is the largest cellular operator in the country.Generating revenue – women operating and offering phone services in rural parts of Bangladesh as a service that people will pay forFarmer can work play an active role in the market, can reach out to more peopleHealthcare – applications which we will se later on160 million people; IqbalQuadir - connecting 80 million rural Bangladeshi -- and to become a champion of bottom-up development.
  • HAITIUS State Department and Red Cross7.0 magnitude earthquake Mobile giving vs. telethon of days past
  • FOCUS ON AFRICAMobile penetration across AfricaPresentation by Erik Hersman did at PICNIC 08 in Amsterdam Information adapted from the World Information Cellular ServiceSouth Africa leading with 98.4% penetration, in a country of close to 50 million people
  • Projections for Growth in African mobile subscribers 550 million in 2012
  • Cell-LifeCellphone for HIV is a project of Cell-Life to use mobile technology to strengthen the HIV sector. In South Africa there are approximately 36 million active cellphone users, and around 80% of all youth and adults have a cellphone. While there are many companies making money from ringtones and picture downloads, there are very few socially relevant or developmental services. This project will explore how a range of cellphone services can provide information and communication services that are useful to people infected or affected by HIV. The project will work in many areas of HIV: Mass messaging for prevention; Mass information for positive living; Linking patients and clinics; Peer-peer support and counselling; Building organisational capacity of HIV-related organisations;Hypotheses for Cellphones and HIV preventionCellphone messaging can potentially promote the changing of attitudes e.g. regular SMS from famous HIV+ people talking against stigma, or reminding people feel that AIDS is treatable and HIV preventable.
  • mHealth in the Global South: Landscape Analysis Page 41•Medication dispenser that links to mobile phone technology•Reminds patients, tracks records, collections data •Pilot project in South Africa showed 90% complied with medication regimen program compared to typical 25-50%
  • MOCARemote diagnostics platform for health workers in developing nationsEnd to end systems that connects health workers to doctors seamlesslyImproving the delivery of health care in rural areas has been one major focus of these research efforts. Patients in a remote village, for example, now may have to spend a whole day or more traveling to the nearest clinic in order to be tested, diagnosed and receive treatment or a prescription drug for their health problems. But a new open-source software system developed by students who formed a nonprofit company called Moca could provide a faster way.
  • With the number of mobile phone subscribers expected to reach 4.5 billion globally by 2012, and roughly two-thirds of those in developing countries by Edelstein’s count, there’s no shortage of subscribers.  The challenge is showing that there is a reliable market, even in poverty-stricken parts of the world. 1 billion on less than $1 a day, next billion on less than $2 a day 
  • Leveraging Technology For Social Impact

    1. 1. “Leveraging Technology for Positive Social Change”<br />January 15, 2010<br />Waterloo, Ontario Canada<br />Renjie Butalid | @renjie | www.renjie.ca<br />Social Innovation Generation, University of Waterloo<br />
    2. 2. Kristina Lugo, Malawi<br />Melissa Richer, Brazil<br />youngchangemakers<br />MajidMirza, Pakistan<br />Ruby Ku, Botswana<br />
    3. 3. social business<br />$100 million raised<br />November 2009<br />Photo courtesy www.t4change.com<br />Photo courtesy World Economic Forum on Flickr<br />
    4. 4. Photo courtesy The World Bank<br />Photo courtesy www.microfinancereport.com<br />Photo courtesy textually.org<br />Photo courtesy thewe.cc<br />
    5. 5. $5 million in donations for Haiti via SMS<br />- as of January 15, 2010 source: TechCrunch Blog<br />Photo (top) courtesy Boston.com – The Big Picture<br />Photo (right) courtesy whileseated on Flickr<br />
    6. 6. Source: World Cellular Information Service <br />(adapted from Erik Hersman – Mobile Phone in Africa PICNIC 08)<br />
    7. 7. Source: Erik Hersman – Mobile Phone in Africa PICNIC 2008 <br />http://www.slideshare.net/whiteafrican/mobile-phones-in-africa-picnic-08-presentation<br />
    8. 8. PATIENT MONITORING:CELL-LIFEwww.cell-life.org<br />Location: South Africa <br />Adherence Messaging (awareness & appointment reminders) <br />HIV/AIDS Patient Monitoring <br />Adapted from Hima Batavia – “Mobile Health: The Great Equalizer” – Oct 2009<br />Mclaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health & Earth Institute at Columbia University<br />
    9. 9. ADHERENCE:<br />SIMpillwww.simpill.com<br />Adapted from Hima Batavia – “Mobile Health: The Great Equalizer” – Oct 2009<br />Mclaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health & Earth Institute at Columbia University<br />
    10. 10. www.mocamobile.org<br />
    11. 11. Estimated 4.5 billion mobile subscribers by 2012<br />Two-thirds from <br />developing countries<br /><ul><li>David Edelstein</li></ul>Grameen Foundation<br />
    12. 12. Renjie Butalid<br />www.renjie.ca<br />www.twitter.com/renjiewww.facebook.com/renjie<br />renjie@sigeneration.ca<br />renjie@wemovemedia.ca<br />Photo courtesy Kristina Lugo, www.t4change.com<br />