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Technology is profoundly changing the way we live. With a little intention behind its development, we can use it for good.  
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Drones used to help lifeguards save people on busy beaches in Chile

Drones used to help lifeguards save people on busy beaches in Chile | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
In Chile, drones are being used to help lifeguards on busy beaches save people from drowning.
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Drones are forever changing the way we see our planet, as photographers use this technology to capture images of our amazing planet and its people. While photos are cool, the applications for drones outside of photography are endless. I love this idea of lifeguards in Chile using drones to protect people at the beach. Excited to see where the drone revolution will take us. (hopefully not to the drone wars... )

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New app reveals what corporations don’t want you to know

New app reveals what corporations don’t want you to know | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER -- A new smartphone app may help concerned consumers bring social and environmental justice to the grocery store by supplying information that manufacturers might not want you to see. Open Label allows users to quickly scan the bar code of any of its 20 million products and receive information instantly about the ingredients and…
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Finally a quick and easy way to get some transparency into the products you are buying and the companies that are producing them. Sustainability, social responsibility, and other attributes for over 20 million products are as easy as a photo away. If consumers are going to have a voice, they need the right information to help them vote with their dollars to create a movement of smart consumers.  Check it out! 

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Vexed in the city: The 'sharing' economy's hidden toll on San Francisco - CNET

Vexed in the city: The 'sharing' economy's hidden toll on San Francisco - CNET | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
Under the guise of "sharing," companies like Airbnb and Uber are cashing in. While they're providing services beloved by many, their impact is also causing reverberations on the ground
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This is an interesting article on the social and economic implications of technology in San Francisco, where many of the most innovative technologies in the world are being developed. While technological advancements are the key to a growing economy, the social implications are also a very real challenge to the people effect by these technologies.  

 

As the sharing economy continues to evolve it will be interesting to see how governments and businesses work together to address the needs of various stakeholders to address these opportunities and challenges.  

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Re:Vision / A framework for changing the way we look at cities.

Re:Vision is changing the way we look at things. Offering a way of designing our spaces and places to create the experiences and outcome we truly desire.
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Came across Re:Vision today and wanted to share their new approach at looking how we can create more sustainable communities. While Re;Vision is a workshop, this site creates a really cool experience for how this framework can be put to use and change mental models for how we think about communities, cities, and collaboration.  
 

It starts with a Framework. One that’s been studied and developed over 7 years.

 

The Urban Re:Vision Framework™ has five pillars:

BEING, MOVEMENT, EXCHANGE, RELATIONSHIP, GROWTH
 

These pillars let us see the public space as a powerful, living system that needs to support human beings at all stages of the life cycle. It creates a new way of viewing cities, new ways of brainstorming ideas for thriving communities.

 

It is also a paradigm shift, in that it fosters everyone working together.

 

The philosophy for using the Re:Vision Framework™ is this:

We start with a block. Just one city, suburban or rural block.

Suppose that block is in Texas, San Francisco or someday, Mumbai.

 

Now imagine that each block is urban DNA that can catalyze powerful change in its surrounding neighborhoods, like a form of urban acupuncture.

 

When a community comes together to create ideas for one block, that block can become a sustainable model for the regions, cities, countries surrounding it.

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Just stick this portable outlet to your window to start using solar power

Just stick this portable outlet to your window to start using solar power | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
It's really that easy.
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Shaizzle Mynizzle!  This is cool.  Solar for the masses on the cheap.  

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How Carbon Capture Technology Can Almost Turn CO2 Into Cash

How Carbon Capture Technology Can Almost Turn CO2 Into Cash | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
Global Thermostat captures carbon from the air and turns it into carbon dioxide to feed jet fuel producing algae.
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"We transform [CO2] into money, we make it into cash."  While I am all for a technology solution to clmate change, we must alter the way we live and produce energy to have any hope for mitigating the climate crisis. 

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Leap Motion

Leap Motion | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
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Minority Report moment (sans Tom Cruise)   Some innovative technology sure to be snapped up by Google or Apple sometime soon. 

 

How might we use this technology for good? 
Medical applications, sign language to speech, education....  Would be keen to hear your ideas. 

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Upworthy: Things that matter. Pass 'em on.

Upworthy: Things that matter. Pass 'em on. | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
Awesome, fun, interesting videos and graphics about stuff that matters.
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Social innovation does not always come from new gadgets, radical designs, or clean energy.  Sometimes innovation comes from a new way to receive information that helps you make choices about issues that matter to you. To break through the noise of the 24 hour news cycle and chattering pundits  Upworthy.com is bringing progressive news and information to consumers where they spend a lot of their time, on their online social networks.  It you have not already liked their page, please do, you will thank yourself for it.  #iheartelizabethwarren

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Global cities of the future: An interactive map - McKinsey Quarterly - Economic Studies - Productivity & Performance

Global cities of the future: An interactive map - McKinsey Quarterly - Economic Studies - Productivity & Performance | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
Explore the cities and emerging urban clusters that will drive dramatic growth and demographic changes over the next generation. A McKinsey Quarterly Economic Studies article.
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This is an interesting and interactive look at how cities will play a pivotal role in our planet's economic growth.  If your business is not looking at how it can play a role in these emerging markets in a sustainable manner, it is time to start thinking about it. 

 

It would be interesting to see what corresponding technology trends are correlating with these demographic ones. 

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China announces carbon tax | RTCC - Responding to Climate Change

China announces carbon tax | RTCC - Responding to Climate Change | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
CO2 emissions will be added to existing environmental tax structure
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While this is not technology per se, it is really good news and quite sad that we need to wait for China to be a first mover on a carbon tax.  Put a price on carbon and watch renewable energy flourish!

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e3 Made to measure

e3 Made to measure | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
PopTech is a global community of innovators, working together to expand the edge of change.
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Creating real impact is challenger, while accurately measuring it is sometimes even more difficult.  Check out these 6 great interviews to hear how 6 change makers are doing it. 

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"How Technology Transforms Lives at the Base of the Pyramid" Salon Dinner February 28th, 2013 | San Francisco

"How Technology Transforms Lives at the Base of the Pyramid" Salon Dinner February 28th, 2013 | San Francisco | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
Salons are a time-honored forum for discussion and exchange ofideas.SF +acumen is continuing this tradition by hosting a monthlyseries of salons inspired by the values and principles of Acumen Fund atlocal restaurants who share our values and moral...
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While I live near the Valley of SIlicon and its culture of innnovation, technology is also having a huge impact for those people living at the Bottom of the Pyramid far from the Bay Area.  If you would like to know more or think your technology skills and passion for putting then to good use might have something to add to the conversation join SF Accumen for dinner and salon style discussion about technology for good at the BOP!

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Lets Give Karen -The bus monitor- H Klein A Vacation!

Lets Give Karen -The bus monitor- H Klein A Vacation! | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
Karen Huff (The bus monitor) deserves a vacation!
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This is an amazing story of how technology helped a man find some solace for a woman just trying to do her job while being bullied on a bus.  Time for some parenting and a little R&R for Karen Klein. 

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The Integration of Technology, Mindfulness, and Meditation for Entrepreneurs

The Integration of Technology, Mindfulness, and Meditation for Entrepreneurs | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
Wisdom 2.0 shows that there are pathways to not just living with technology, but using it to create a healthier and welcoming world.
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I regularly post on two topics, technology for good and happiness. Wisdom 2.0 is a new movement and community of people who are integrating both of these topics into their lives in a way that leverages technology as a tool for to creating a healthy planet and communities.  

"However, Wisdom 2.0 shows that there are pathways to not just living with technology, but using it to create a healthier and welcoming world. At this year's conference, topics ranged from wisdom traditions, conscious business, to game development. The speaker rosters have included the founders of PayPal, Facebook, and Twitter --right alongside Buddhist monks preparing sand mandalas in silence. This year the CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff Wiener, discussed Conscious Business with Fred Kofman. Paths seemingly so different in both the startup culture and corporations, when mixed, can be so beautiful."  

 

If you just missed their recent conference in San Francisco, Wisdom 2.0 Asia is in Singapore June 18-19 2015 in Suntec City, and 2015 dates for Wisdom 2.0 Business and Wisdom 2.0 Europe are still being worked out.  


As a mindfulness practitioner and an admitted tech addict, I understand how challenging it can be to fit technology and consciousness together harmoniously. To deepen my own practice I started a "Technology Happy Hour" where the first and last hours of my day are technology free (except for my meditation timer.)  With all of the information coming at us all day long, a little break to be with what is going to be a welcome change.  #practicehappynow

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We are planet labs

Planet Labs designs, builds and operates Earth-imaging satellites
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As human's impact on the planet becomes more acute, it is essential that we have real time data to help mitigate theses impacts and foster healthy civilizations. Planet Labs, a San Francisco based startup, is on a mission to do just that. They've launched a "Flock" of imaging satellites that will be able to capture a complete image the earth on a daily basis.  

 

"Planet creates commercial and humanitarian value with the market's most capable global imaging network. Fresh data from any place on Earth is foundational to solving commercial, environmental, and humanitarian challenges. Our global sensing and analytics platform unlocks the ability to understand and respond to change at a local and global scale." 


As a pioneering technology for good company, Planet Labs is providing the data governments, nonprofits, and business need to react quickly to the ever changing demands of a rapidly consumed planet. Check out their images at https://www.planet.com/gallery/

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Collective Impact (SSIR)

Collective Impact (SSIR) | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, not the isolated intervention of individual organizations.
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I was contributing to a challenge on OpenIDEO about finding new ways to build employment opportunities for youth globally. There were so many great ideas, but I kept coming back to the idea that the challenges youths face around the world to find employment are many and varied depending upon their socioeconomic status, education, healthcare, and the political systems (to name a few).

 

I came across this article today that helped me to think of this issue in a much broader perspective. The main theme of this article is that if we are ever going to make real social change, it must happen on a collective level instead of isolating specific challenges and directing intellectual and financial capital towards them.

 

The five main themes that are required for collective success are:

1. Common Agenda

2. Shared Measurement Systems

3. Mutually Reinforcing Activities

4. Continuous Communication

5. Backbone Support Organizations

 

I love big picture thinking and this article does a great job of developing a framework for success with a great example of how "Strive, a nonprofit subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks, has brought together local leaders to tackle the student achievement crisis and improve education throughout greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky."

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OpenIDEO - Home

OpenIDEO - Home | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
OpenIDEO is a global community that will draw on your optimism, inspiration, ideas and opinions to solve problems together for the collective social good.
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If you are interested in learning more about human centered design and your ability to contribute to the social good in a cool way, stop by OpenIDEO's open innovation platform to lend a hand (aka idea) to co-create new social impact solutions for businesses and organizations around the world.  

 

OpenIDEO is "where people design better, together." 

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Lancaster, Calif., Mayor Focuses on Solar Power

Lancaster, Calif., Mayor Focuses on Solar Power | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
R. Rex Parris, the mayor of Lancaster, Calif., wants the city to be the first to produce more electricity from solar energy than it consumes.
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This proves that just because you are a Republican you don't have to default to being regressive.  Sadly this article also proves that point.   Mandatory solar units on all new housing just makes sense.  It will increase renewable energy and drive innovation in the housing sector for newer, cheaper, and more innovative solar products. 

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Volkswagen Levitating Car

Volkswagen Levitating Car | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
The Volkswagen Hover Concept Car is a pod-like zero-emissions vehicle that uses electromagnetic road networks to float above the road.
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GO CHINA!  Yesterday Minority Report.  Today meet George Jetson!  (In Chinese of course).  #jawonfloor someone pinch me. 

 

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18 Hubs for Social Entrepreneurs - From Community Hot Desks to Poverty-Focused Innovation Labs (TOPLIST)

18 Hubs for Social Entrepreneurs http://t.co/PmOlBVQ6QG - rt @TrendHunter #socent #innovation #community
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Community for Good Monday!  As an active member of the Hub Bay Area community, I can attest to the importance of clusters of social entrepreneurs and consultants working together and even just next to one another.  It is kind of like a bee flying by a flower, at least once they are going to stop by, see what is going on, and take a little pollen back to share with their own hive.  While the HUB is located in San Francisco, it is also a global organization of over 30 plus centers of innovation around social enterprise and socially minded busineses.  The world needs more "polinators" like the HUB.  Here is a list of 18 of them from our friends at IDEO.org.

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Reality Drop: Spread Science about Climate Change, Global Warming

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What is not to love about realitydrop.org?  Climate change action and gamification all rolled into one!  This project is the latest to come out of Al Gore's Climate Reality Project.  It is a cool social media platform to share the real information behind climate change and help inform various and sometimes hostile communities about the looming dangers of climate change.  

 

Reality Drop is a simple, fun, informative platform to share the real data and real science about climate change.  Get onboard.  There is a new way for a new day and that will only come through innovations like renewable energy and progressive policy from the world's governments.  

 

Drop some climate reality on your social networks today! 

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30 Of The Top Education Startups Of 2012

30 Of The Top Education Startups Of 2012 | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
30 Of The Top Education Startups Of 2012
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It has been said that education is the great equalizer in income equality.  As education moves off the campus and onto the web, some innovaive startups are popping up to meet the growing demand for education at an affordable price.  Here are 30 of the top startups in education in 2012 using technology to educate the world.  I might add that many top tier education institutions are offering free courses through these companies and they should be commended for democratizing the information and knowlegde found within their classrooms. 

 

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Why developers should start choosing conscience over profit

Why developers should start choosing conscience over profit | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
The tech industry is perpetuating a false narrative about what motivates technical innovators and what innovation can be. Fortunately, another class of developer is on the rise.
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If your talents are beyond explanation, you will make money and be able to look back on your career saying you have made a difference.  If you look at all the people who cashed out of Google and Facebook, many are looking to make social change with their new found riches, because in the end, THAT is how you will be judged, not if you have lots of fancy cars.  Get out there and live your values.   You will be happy you did. 

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How Do You Scale Social Innovation Startups? | TechCrunch

How Do You Scale Social Innovation Startups? | TechCrunch | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.
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Social innovation is not easy or everyone would be doing it.  Here are three solid suggestions to make sure your idea is scalable and replicatble.  Innovate!

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Crowdfunding awaits key rules from SEC

Crowdfunding awaits key rules from SEC | Technology for Good | Scoop.it
Some critical questions remain - how much disclosure companies will have to provide investors, how much personal liability they and their directors will bear for misstatements or omissions in disclosure documents, and whether crowdfunding portals...
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The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act and our economy has run in to a similar problem, the inability of our goverment to take swift action to get our economy moving. At least people are not selling healthcare on crowdfunding, or the full potential of crowdfunding would never see the light of day.

 

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