Jim Fruchterman: Throwing down the gauntlet to Silicon Valley. But now is not the time to lower our aspirations. We can and must do more with less. That’s why it’s especially important that technologists and philanthropists refocus on using technology to change the world. The best way to do this is with a powerful model that we don’t use nearly enough: social enterprise. Combining technology with social enterprise provides immense leverage for good.
The pointer for this came from Marc Levine, who’s working on the interesting Martus Human Rights Bulletin System, a cross-platform system for safely collecting and saving information about human-rights abuses around the world. Martus is, in turn, affiliated with Benetech, an organization that deserves wider notice.