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New Story: Writing a New Chapter of Tech and Social Good

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Founded in September 2014, New Story is leveraging technology for social good. Using their transparent crowdfunding platform, the New Story community has been able to fund two new homes for families afflicted by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti: these families have been living in tents for over four years and will move into their new… Read more »



How Technology is Impacting Government Transparency

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Technology and innovation are always large catalysts of change, but these changes tend to happen in the private sector first. More recently, however, these changes can be seen within government. Millions of dollars have been invested in civic technology in recent years. According to a report by the Knight Foundation, $431 million was invested in… Read more »


Send Holiday Cheer Through a Video Greeting with Congrats

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It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to share what you’re thankful for, and spread love and cheer to loved ones near and far. This year, technology is giving us new ways to connect virtually, including new apps such as Congrats and social media platforms like Facebook’s Say Thanks or Instagram video. Congrats, a first-of-its-kind video… Read more »



Nicely Gift-Giving App Launches in DC and Inspires #BeNice Campaign

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Yesterday, Gardner Prescott Technology Ventures, LLC (GPTV) launched Nicely, their first startup venture. Nicely, founded by CEO Whitney Jones and based in Washington DC, was developed from the idea that we could all benefit from more random acts of kindness. The mobile-based app makes it easy to to be nice and recognize family, friends, and coworkers… Read more »


Your Charity Dollar Goes a Lot Further Just by Joining Givelocity

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Did you know that the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving is #GivingTuesday? This global day dedicated to charitable giving started with New York’s 92nd Street Y, in partnership with the UN Foundation in 2012, so today marks the third annual observance of this unique holiday. Every individual can support this holiday and make #GivingTuesday a success, whether… Read more »


Ferguson Youth Tech Program Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

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The national attention to the unrest and pain occurring daily in Ferguson, MO and the surrounding St. Louis suburban areas continues to stoke heated conversation about the origins of the issues that caused the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hand of Officer Darren Wilson. Springing out of this tragic event, Hands Up United… Read more »



How to Stop Ebola with Bitcoin All Year Long

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You know Black Friday and of course Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday is a social movement held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is a day of giving back. Started in 2012 by the UN Foundation and 92nd St Y, #GivingTuesday has become a worldwide sensation, uniting nonprofits, CEOs, heads of state and everyday people in championing… Read more »


Create Reason Inspires Innovation and Keeps Your Team Engaged

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Over 70% of US employees are disengaged at their job and over 50% are currently looking for new jobs. This costs companies $550 Billion annually in rehiring, retaining, and lost productivity according to the team at Create Reason. Create Reason solves this problem by working with their clients to understand where their company has been… Read more »


VIDA: Fashion Made With a Touch of Social Good

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VIDA is a San Francisco based e-commerce platform that unites socially responsible shopping with a unique manufacturing model that bridges the gap between designers, artists, producers, and consumers. Yesterday they proudly announced the successful close of a seed funding round in which they raised $1.3 million. The investors in the seed round included Google Ventures, The… Read more »



Belgian Grad Student Proposes Lifesaving Ambulance Drone

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THIS IS A LIFE-CHANGER. I am typing through tears after watching the dramatic demo video offered by Belgian Graduate Student Alec Momont as he presents the Ambulance Drone. “Our vision is to improve current emergency infrastructure with a network of drones capable of saving lives,” he says in the video. He proposes that the ambulance… Read more »