Applying technology to human needs


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Are there ways that I myself or the company that I am working for is not yet exploiting technology for the benefits that its use has to offer?

Here are a couple of questions that was asked by Nobel Prize Winner Muhammed Yunus about thinking about the use of technology differently, and how we can change the world by making small steps. I have taken the liberty to look at what projects are currently running and what is currently happening globally to bring change:

How could increasing access to infrastructure benefit any of the following situations?
Irrigation for farmers, recycling or waste management, tackling pollution, enabling individuals to connect…
Where problems and solutions have been identified, higher incomes may be enabled, and people affected may even be willing to pay for improvements e.g. using crowd funding.

Find investors and or technology, devise a revenue gathering/sharing model, organise a legal framework, or find ways through regulatory and bureaucratic hurdles. Offer these as services or offer to consult other businesses through this.

Adapting expensive technologies for use for social projects -upliftment/development
Phones may still not be available to previously disadvantaged communities. Yunus and co mentions a “village phone network” concept that they implemented in 1997 that became a nationwide network.
Other services that may be treated similarly is internet, mobility, renewable energy and healthcare technologies.

Come up with viable business models that may benefit individuals who might not have had access before.

Not all efforts has been successful. What can we learn from negative experiences and unsuccessful projects that was launched in the past? Here is a discussion (video) of some very real problems to consider:

 

Enhancing sustainability and the environment through technological solutions
A successful social business entrepreneur will be able to assemble capital, make a transition to sustainable practices and then to provide knowledge and technology to support it. Then, organise access to markets:

The following video is about a successful project that aimed to do just this – assisting Rwandan farmers to build farms and create a market, and where it was done successfully:

How could they be moved to sustainable farming techniques? Could this be their next project?

Similar projects may be organised around activities such as forestation, watershed protection, fisheries management, and eco-tourism.

Here is Just Giving’s list for top Social CEOs selected for 2015:

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