Coders/developers?Social media types?Nonprofit?Activist/grassroots community?Interested individuals?Nonprofit folk: if you feel your mind starting to wander think of question or challenge that, if answered, would move your mission forward.
This ISAn overview of the researchOpportunities each of us have to increase our impact
Looking beyond giving and volunteering
Organizations and governments are, but it’s not a go-to action for individuals.Participating in hackathons, digitatal advocacy, and crowdfunding projects.
Local example – data Vancouver Rental Database 7000Apps4GoodCharity App ChallengeHack for a CauseHacking HealthRandom Hacks of KindnessOpen Data hackathonsunlabJ-PAQ: JeuxPédagogiquesAccessibles QuébécoisDigital advocacychange.orgAvaazMoveon.orgCauses.com#idlenomore#opthunderbirdIt Gets Better TwestivalInternational Blog Action Day
Will equity-based crowdfunding be an option for low-income entrepreneurs?What is the Canadian go to? Is the market big enough for a site just for french-language creative projects? Or a site for Canadian athletes?
How can digital advocacy be used to advance social justice issues beyond awareness-raising?“click to add text”
What’s needed for the nonprofit sector to buy further into tech?What do we assume everyone else knows about?
Nonprofits folk: connect with tech folk to stay in the know re: trends, events, opportunitiesTech folk: intentionally reach out to traditional nonprofit folk as a source of meaningful projectsEveryone: we may be aware of what’s going on, but don’t assume the public does
How individuals are using data and technology to support vulnerable populations
BEYOND GIVING & VOLUNTEERINGHow individuals are usingtechnology and data to supportvulnerable populationsTrina Isakson@telleni
THIS IS NOT ABOUT…• How vulnerable populations are/are not usingdata and technology• How nonprofit organizations andgovernments are using data and technologyfor social good
COMMON LANGUAGE• Crowdsourced• Crowfunding• Hackathon• Application• Open data
Technologyand data• Hackathons andcollective initiatives• Mobile and webapplications• Open andcrowdsourced data• Digital advocacy
Technologyand data• Hackathons andcollective initiatives• Mobile and webapplications• Open andcrowdsourced data• Digital advocacyConsumerismInvestmentsTechnology that helps peoplemake different investment choices(i.e. crowdfunding)Technology that helps peoplemake different consumptionchoices
HOW ARE INDIVIDUALSUSING TECHNOLOGYAND DATA TOSUPPORTVULNERABLEPOPULATIONS?
HOW ARE INDIVIDUALSUSING TECHNOLOGYAND DATA TOSUPPORTVULNERABLEPOPULATIONS?GENERALLY, THEY’RE NOT
The database is constantly growing butcontains the following base layers:Reserve Name, coordinates, population, etc.ICT coverage (broadband, internet, cellular,and telephone)Water Treatment Information (coverage,population serviced, quality, type of treatment,etc.)Wastewater Treatment Information (coverage,population serviced, quality, type of treatment,etc.Boil Water Advisory Information (historic andcurrent, risks, and population affected)Census DataMontréal Accessible
HACKATHONSOFTEN SUFFERBECAUSEThere is little focus; relianceon general ‘ideas’Data often is good for action,less for policy and socialchangeParticipants are usually notsocial scientists, do not havelived experience, or are notthe intended userLittle to no ongoing supportafter event
HACKATHONSOFTEN SUFFERBECAUSEThere is little focus; relianceon general ‘ideas’Data often is good for action,less for policy and socialchangeParticipants are usually notsocial scientists, do not havelived experience, or are notthe intended userLittle to no ongoing supportafter eventHACKATHONSCOULD BEBETTER IFThe challenge is madespecific and arises from livedexperienceThe data is good and deepDesign encourages morediverse participationThere is a plan for ongoingsupport for implementationand future changes
There are over 40Canadiancrowdfunding sites invarious stages ofdevelopment.
DRIVERSInterest inall things‘local’Increasedbelief inresponsibility ofbusiness toplay a role insocial goodYoung peopletaking actionIn addition to /correlated withgiving andvolunteering
CHALLENGESLack of awarenessamong individualsUncertainty and fearamong potentialsupportersLack of capacity andinterest amongcharitable sectorThe activities thatdraw interest are notnecessarily the onesthat have impact
TAKEAWAYS①Nonprofit and tech folk: get toknow each other②Try a non-tech hackathon③Don’t operate in an ‘echochamber’
MINI-HACK• Start with a question or challenge that, if answered, would moveyour mission forward.1. Can we clarify the question? Is it specific enough?2. Who would we need in the room for a hackathon?3. What good data or other resources could help us?4. Is it possible for participants to have transformational, experientiallearning regarding the challenges that are being addressed?5. How can we ensure the results of the hackathon live on?• Rely on the nonprofit person or person with lived experience as akey source of information.
CONTACT• Trina Isakson• @telleni• firstname.lastname@example.org• Links and slides: 27shift.com/nettuesday