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Half Way There - World Wide Poverty Rate Drops by Half - Finally Good News

Half Way There - World Wide Poverty Rate Drops by Half - Finally Good News | Good News | Scoop.it
Good news - world wide poverty rate has dropped by half over the course of 20 years. Between 1990 and 2010 the global poverty rate fell from 43 percent to 21 percent.
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Social Media Giant Facebook Joins the Effort to Locate Missing Children

Social Media Giant Facebook Joins the Effort to Locate Missing Children | Good News | Scoop.it
A new partnership of Facebook and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will try to track missing children
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Is Silicon Roundabout the new philanthropy? - The Guardian

Is Silicon Roundabout the new philanthropy? - The Guardian | Good News | Scoop.it
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Digital startup businesses in the UK, from MindCandy to Songkick, are thriving. London now has its own Silicon Roundabout.
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Startups helping charities - sounds like a match made in heaven

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The Little Free Pantry Eliminates the Stigma of Being in Need - Finally Good News

The Little Free Pantry Eliminates the Stigma of Being in Need - Finally Good News | Good News | Scoop.it
The Little Free Pantry: Confronting the Global Problem of Food Scarcity on a Simple, Grassroots Level Nourishing the soul The Little Free Pantry is the brainchild …
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Great initiative for helping to share food and supplies

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Philippines Makes 100% Renewable Electricity In 10 Years Plan

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The Worldwatch Institute’s Climate and Energy Director, Alexander Ochs, met with the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and high-level representatives of the federal and provincial governments of the Philippines yesterday to lay groundwork for a Sustainable Energy Roadmap for the archipelago nation, which aims to shift its current electricity system to 100 percent renewable energy within a decade.


Climate Change Commissioner and former Senator Heherson Alvarez invited Ochs to present Worldwatch’s suggested methodology for a Sustainable Energy Roadmap, which takes an integrated approach to examining the technical, socioeconomic, financial and policy changes necessary for transitioning to a an energy system entirely based on energy efficiency, intelligent grid solutions and renewable supply.

 


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Knight Foundation Pushes Technology’s Ability to Transform Government | The Chronicle of Philanthropy

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The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation on Monday announced three new grants, totaling more than $9-million, designed to jump-start efforts to use technology to get people more engaged in civic life and to help local governments run better.

 

Code for America, a three-year-old nonprofit that seeks to increase the number of technology experts working to make city governments more open and efficient, will receive a $5-million grant from Knight’s Tech for Engagement program.

 

Code for America has four programs that help city governments and civic-oriented start-ups become more efficient through the use of technology. One of the programs, dubbed “Peace Corps for geeks,” deploys technology fellows to selected cities for a year.

 

In Boston, Code for America developed an app called “Adopt-a-Hydrant” that allows people to volunteer to be responsible for shoveling snow away from fire hydrants following big storms. That app is now being spread to other cities.

 

The new Knight grant will enable Code for America to expand one of its four programs to 13 new communities. Although the organization typically works in a new city for just one year, in three cities where Knight has a resident program director, the program will run for four years, to test whether the longer period enables the group to have a greater impact, says Damian Thorman, the foundation’s national program director.

 

This is the second grant Knight has awarded the organization. In 2010, Knight became the first foundation to support Code for America, with a $750,000 grant.

 

“We’re doubling down on this model,” Mr. Thorman says. “We want to give Code the opportunity to really scale their work.”

 

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Getting citizens to become more proactive and involved with the local government is a great idea.

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