I entered conversations about HumanIT with a simple problem statement: How do we make charities do more with less and have that be better.
How do we move away from needing an army of volunteers, which takes loads of energy to track and manage? How do we reduce the number of hours an administrator spends tracking donations and costs in an excel spreadsheet? How do we put knowledge and information at their fingertips so they’re not constantly seeking the advice of people “in the know”?
And how do we do the same for the social problems these charities grapple with? How do we gain greater access, treat more people, reduce levels of poverty, increase health and wellbeing? How do we do good… better?
The answer is technology.
Kids and adults in remote areas are often underserved by the education system. Online teaching and learning platforms offer viable alternatives. Geospatial mapping of schools and school zones along with education level statistical data can further help nonprofts target the right areas for these platforms.
It’s logistically difficult for medical practitioners including nurses working in remote areas to carry reference material or tools to help them diagnose health problems. Equipping them with mobile technology provides them with easy access to knowledge and information without the logistical burden of carrying books or binders. Questionnaire type mobile applications may even allow community staff with minimal medical training carry out common diagnosis in the field with the remote support of doctors and nurses.
Farmers in remote areas often lack access to critical weather information which would significantly impact their crops. Weather data can be synthesized into farming advice such as recommendations on irrigation or when to harvest. This advice can be communicated via text message to mobile phones. Farmers are then better positioned to make informed decisions regarding their crops, which ultimately increases their yield.
Also think of how social economic data can be used to target hunger and poverty programs; analytics and geospatial information to identify the sources of disease outbreaks and target treatment resources; mobile surveys and data collection to tailor program needs to children in areas where computers aren’t accessible.
While these are innovative solutions, we can also use technology to help managers of charities come out from under the burden of paperwork. If you’ve spent any amount of time with a charity, you’ve seen the excel spreadsheets and word documents used to track everything from budget, volunteers, staff hours, billing, event schedules, donor lists, action item lists, etc. etc. Imagine a centralized and integrated tool to manage all of this information? “Charity in a box” if you will. It’s an easy solution from a technology perspective, but the potential for positive impact within an organization is huge.
It sounds wild and complicated, I know. And if you’re involved in a charity, you’re probably thinking this sounds great but I have a program to fund and technology is expensive.
Here is where our skills come into play. Creativity extends beyond technology into measures to create access.
And so here is our CALL TO INNOVATE.
We’re seeking technology companies oozing with ingenuity to tackle a social problem. We’ll create the structure and provide you the ground for innovation, you develop the solution.
We’re also seeking forward thinking charities to give us their most pressing social problems. We’ll strike up a project to provide you with a sustainable and scalable solution.
Contact us to get involved in a humanity project. firstname.lastname@example.org