Want to improve the world? I’m getting attuned to that more and more, especially since listening in on last weekend’s Global Voices conference. So, I’m keeping my eye out for how people and organizations are using technology to improve the world. I’m talking with Mark Liu and Marnie Webb of NetSquared right now on the phone. They are keeping track of non-profits and how they are using social media.
GhostCycle, for instance, is Marnie’s favorite. It collects stories and other information about Seattle-area cyclists who’ve had accidents and puts them on Google maps, which lets people see patterns they might not otherwise see. You can read more about GhostCycle on NetSquared’s site.
She’s wondering what kind of tools that non-profits need to succeed? Is there a way they can work with developers and volunteers to help out non-profits? She’s also wondering what they could do to hook up big companies like Microsoft with non-profits?
Another site I saw at Global Voices that was inspiring is PledgeBank. Here you can make a pledge and get people to join in (or you can join an already made pledge). At Global Voices last weekend I got a demo of this and it’s really making a difference already by letting people know about needs in their communities and giving them a way to join in.
How are you improving the world?