All posts tagged: social good

10 Must Go Websites for Holiday Shoppers

We’re closing in fast on the holiday season! This time of year also happens to coincide with a lot of birthdays of friends and family. This year I’ve been trying to look beyond the usual gadgets/t-shirts/girlie things to get as gifts. And looking at unique, hand-made and one of a kind products, not to be found in retail stores, that can be bought online. I also asked around to see what others were recommending. From this research we came up with a neat list of stores that should have something for practically anyone. 1. Hoop Fund Hoop is part crowd-funding platform and part store. The website lets users contribute to the production of ethically made products (as an investor), as well as enjoy the products created directly by farmers and artisans. Hoop bundles combines a deal on the products along with a microloan to the people who make them. Customers help with doing good while discovering great products to buy or gift. Producers get new financing options to improve and diversify their businesses, and sustainable …

StartuParty: Bringing Silicon Valley Optimism to Italy

StartuParty is a tech entrepreneur meetup, Italian style. It’s a mixture of silicon valley pitch events, a techno dance party, and a garden mixer all in one night, under one roof. Italians love to mingle and socialize around their passions, so it’s not a shock that the StartuParty pitch sessions (5 minutes for 5 pitches/event) had travel apps, collaborative games, and social network ideas.

Childline at 15: Watching Over India’s Children

Childline, India’s first free, emergency helpline for children in need of care and protection turned 15 on June 20, 2011. What started as a simple helpline for street kids to call when in trouble in Mumbai has now expanded to 150 plus locations, across 26 states of India including the far south Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Childline processes over 2.5 million calls annually.

Free Empathy, Want to Feel Awesome or Be Heard? The Web Can Help Out

How great would it be to have someone to tell you how awesome you are all the time? Time and again we all need some empathy or just someone to talk to – well how about some free empathy from strangers?

Zachary Burt (ZB) is up to something great on the internet. He founded two unique websites – Awesomeness Reminders and CompassionPit, both of which are doing amazingly well. Each of these sites allow anonymous people to engage in listening and sharing something that makes their days just a little bit better.

Hack For Change Delivers : 17 Cool Apps That Can Change Your World

This past weekend group of designers and hackers gathered at’s San Francisco headquarters to participate in a 24 hours hackathon, called HackforChange. A 100 passionate people put aside their weekend to create 17 world changing apps. The event was not about building the next Fortune 500 company, but rather about creating socially innovative apps that can help make the world a better place. Team GoodNeighbor won the event, and received the 5K USD prize money, with Anonymouse and Findmeapet, taking second and third place. Team Alerter received a honorable mention.

Football Prevents Child Marriages and Drug Abuse

This is the story of a football club, where the only criteria to join is compulsory attendance to classes in basic English, Math and Hindi. How kids drop out of school to marry young Ashok Rathore was born to a family of fishermen in Mumbai. He went to a Government school along with his friends. Students in these school easily make it to Grade 4 without having to study. There was no real pressure to study or to pass exams. In grade 5, the kids are introduced to English which they are expected to pass, since they are not habituated to studying, most kids drop out at grade 5 in order to work on the street. Selling fish on the street was quick money for most of Ashok’s class mates. Half the money they made, contributed to household expenses while the rest was spent on alcohol, gambling or substance abuse. The parents did not mind the extra money, and encouraged these kids to work. However, when things got out of control, the parents in an …

Mirakle Couriers : A Courier Service Run by the Deaf

Mirakle Couriers is a courier delivery company with a difference. They employ underprivileged deaf people who have almost no other means to earn a livelihood. Why start a company employing deaf people? India has one of the highest deaf populations in the world. NGO’s and charities try to help individuals marginalized by society, but they rely on gift funding, which often dries up and is not sustainable. People with disabilities are discriminated against as businesses are reluctant to employ them. The disabled are largely seen as a liability; incapable and impossible to train. The situation is worse for the deaf since businesses lack sign language skills necessary to work with them. As a result there are virtually no job opportunities for the deaf in India. How Mirakle does it: Mirakle Couriers wants to change the situation and economically empower the deaf community. At the same time, they want to provide them with better visibility in the Indian society and bring attention to their cause. Mirakle was started by Dhruv Lakra a former investment banker, who …