This is an amazing talk by Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer of the United States (@todd_park) at the Social Good Summit. It shows how the government, as an open innovation platform, can contribute to creating magic. Through the open data initiative, making government data available to developers and entrepreneurs, engaging innovators from the beginning of the process, raw data can be converted into awesomeness in the form of products and services that can save lives.
Oliver Percovich didn’t set out to help kids heal from the ravages of war or bridge socio-economic divides between ethnic groups or create safe havens where 1,600 children ride skateboards. He just wanted to teach kids how to skate.
Designers have traditionally focused on enhancing the look and functionality of products. Recently, they have begun using design techniques to tackle more complex problems, such as finding ways to provide low-cost healthcare throughout the world.
Frugal engineering, or the process of trying to reduce the complexity and cost of a particular product, has been fashionable in India for some time now. Today, even as Apple’s iPad, Samsung’s Galaxy and Microsoft’s Surface battle it out at the pricey end of the spectrum, the tablet wars in India are being fought at the bottom of the pyramid.
Prices are falling to very low levels. Canadian company Datawind has launched a $40 tablet, with schools in India being its target market. However, this isn’t Datawind’s first foray in the country. The Indian government ordered close to 2 million tablets, branded Aakash (sky), from Datawind as part of the National Mission on Education.
These tablets were priced even lower — with subsidies, they cost $35 for students and teachers. But delivery delays, failure to provide customer support and other problems resulted in the government ending its association with Datawind. The company is now offering its tablets — branded Ubislate — on its own.
I thought I'd take stock of where I'm at with my ipad learning. Next week I start running my workshop Using Ipads in Educational Setting. I decided early on that I would be focusing on the different ways the ipad can enhance learning activities rather than subject specific content...
In this short animation, a woman gets a surprise visit from her Sharey Godmother (yes, they exist!), who hands her a can of... Share Spray. With creativity, charm, and a bit of fun, what follows next in the video is an exploration of how sharing could transform our lives and neighborhoods.
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David Bornstein in the NY Times Fixes column recently referred to social innovation as part of a “breakthrough – maybe even a new Enlightenment.” He believes it is creating new and lasting change that is unprecedented in the social sector.
Charities have always been investing their money. But traditionally trustees' focus has been on maximising the potential financial return rather than considering the positive social impact of their investments. Charity commission guidelines to trustees until recently have emphasised the importance of getting the best financial return so more money can go into grants and services.
But in recent years, things have started to change with growing recognition that good causes often need loans, as well as grant funding. This has been exemplified by the popularity of the microloan organisation Kiva and the emergence of the social impact bond (SIB) product.
As many students can attest, video creation doesn't have to be difficult and it certainly doesn't have to be scary. One teacher shares how the flipped classroom can be a lesson in media literacy for students and teachers alike.
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