All posts tagged: crowdsourcing

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Rang De the Kiva of India, Brings Web Based Microlending Home

Rang De is the first and only web based platform in India which allows individuals to directly lend money to poor people who are looking for capital to start small businesses. Inspired by Kiva’s (US based) model of person to person online lending and due to Kiva’s inability to service borrowers in India, Rang De was launched to fill this gap. Though Kiva has to date over 500,000 people who’ve made loans in 58 countries they’ve been unable to service the poor in India due to government banking regulations. Seizing on the massive opportunity to provide the world’s most populous nation with a platform to connect people who want to help with those needing help, Rang De started the direct online lending platform in 2008. Created for people of India, allowing Indians in any part of the world to invest in India’s Poor. How Does Rang De Work Very simple – People needing loans are listed on RangDe.org along with a short note on why they need the loan, the loan amount needed and the …

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DealGooder : Discover Cool Deals and Help Local Charities.

How do you like the idea of getting discounts on products and services you like, while supporting causes at the same time? DealGooder, an innovative company based out of California, lets you to do exactly that. The DealGooder model is simple. The company negotiates great deals from socially conscious businesses and promotes them online. Deals include such things as meal discounts at restaurants, deals on wine tours, or discounts at a local spa. Deals are purchased via the DealGooder website. A generous 50% of all profits are donated by DealGooder to a local charity. Each day, DealGooder promotes a new deal on their website. Also, each week, a new non-profit is chosen as a beneficiary. DealGooder pairs deals with local non-profits. This means that dollars spent on buying goodies go towards helping the local community. Win. Win. Win! Ethan Austin, co-founder of DealGooder was looking for “an easier way to help non-profits raise funds” as corporate giving dramatically reduced during the global financial crisis. He hit upon the idea of combining discounts with charity. With …

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IPaidABribe : Anonymously Report all Bribes You Pay

IPaidABribe.com (IPAB) is an initiative to tackle corruption in India – a country currently ranked as 70th on the list of the least corrupt countries in the world. For the first time ever, India now has a web platform where people can report corruption incidents and bribes they’ve paid. This data is used to analyze corruption trends, lobby government bodies into taking action against officials, or change procedures encouraging corruption within government departments. The data also helps to determine which government services are most corruption prone. Reporting Corruption made Easy On the IPAB website, you can register old and recent bribes paid. Users can report the nature, location, frequency and amounts of bribes paid or demanded. By sourcing bribe reports from millions of Indians on the website, Janagraaha, the organization behind the initiative, is able to map bribes occurring across cities. In order to report an incident, citizens are encouraged to visit the IPAB website and complete an online form. All reports are collected anonymously. IPAB does not store the name or contact details of …

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Ushahidi : Crowd-sourcing for Social Good

What if you had the power to collect opinions and data from people to achieve social good? How would you use it? In this article, we explore use cases of the Ushahidi platform, in the context of achieving social good. What is Ushahidi? Ushahidi is an open-source technology platform that can be deployed within hours. It was born as a result of the post-election riots in Kenya in December 2007 The platform collects information (opinions or data) via SMS, Web, or Email from people who are on the ground and able to witness events as they unfold. Ushahidi processes this data in near real-time to produce a map of events around the globe. Algorithms ensure that information presented is based on accuracy and authority, as opposed to popularity. (See SwiftRiver) Since its origins, the Ushahidi platform has been used to crowdsource events of interest by various organizations globally. For example, it was used by Al-Jazeera to monitor violence in Gaza, and by Vote Report India to monitor code of conduct violations during the 2009 General …