Category: Social Change

This category features organizations doing good by providing platforms, applications, services and products to help make others feel better, live better and uplift our globe. These are posts that showcase ideas that are helping transform our world.

Recruiting volunteers for charities with Volcally

Most nonprofits rely on the generosity and support of volunteers to exceed the missions they set forth in their brand guidelines. But the process of recruiting new volunteers is varied amongst various organizations. For some it’s piece of cake for others it’s near impossible, may it be from lack of awareness, poor volunteer management resources or just not being inviting to potential candidates.


Volcally set out to solve this problem, with the mission to change the face of volunteerism across the US independent of an organizations success or lack thereof for recruiting support. Co-founded by Adam Young, Jody Dawson, and Phil Burrows, Volcally is starting out in Charlotte as a platform that helps people get involved, make a difference, and get rewarded for volunteering in their local community.


What if your Googling also made an impact in the world?

What if Google changed their business model? Let’s imagine if instead of profiting from advertisements and our constant Googling the search engine giant decided it had enough cash flow and was willing to pass all its revenue to betterment of our world by donating to causes you love. That probably goes against every business book one could read to build a successful company, but the impact truly could be monumental.


Sleio is doing just that, with the belief that they can change the world with a little help the search engine donates 100% of its profits earned to non-profits that mean something to you. Not only does the system created by Thomas Vavrys provide results to your queries it accompanies links with affiliate commissions.


Get over break ups with the Shitsuren Box

Today we saw on that they were not going to let FireFox users easy access to their site in protest to Mozilla’s new CEO’s views against equal rights for gay couples. A very impactful response and a post worthy to have an article on itself, but while finding this out we discovered a new idea that helps those not looking for love but dealing with the after effects of a failed love.

Shitsuren Box

Japan’s Shitsuren Box, or in English—the Break Up Box aims to help those dealing with heartache of lost love while also providing assistance to pregnant women in less developed countries. Regular readers of will know our affliction for Japan and the love we have for the unique ideas that come from this beautiful nation. The Shitsuren Box fills that exact same creativity we’ve come to love.


Combining “gift” and “engagement” with Gifteng

People want things they can’t afford, and others want to get rid of things easily and quickly. Gifteng solves these two problems while allowing users to build a new kind of social status based on a very unselfish thing: giving.


Combining “gift” and “engagement” in even their name, users connect with one another through the act of giving. Finding new uses for old items Gifteng’s promote recycling and sustainability and highlights members based on their generosity points and uses gifts from other businesses to reward them for giving. “We endorse swapping instead of shopping” says the company aiming to inspire giving. “We believe that giving makes the world a better place, and more giving will result in greater chances of receiving.”


Can a San Francisco startup help the homeless, yes they can!

San Francisco is a lively city there is no doubt. From art, startups, idea hubs, culture it truly is a city one can grow to love without effort. But there is a glowing problem that can be changed; an estimated 7,000 – 10,000 people are homeless of which 3,000 – 5,000 do not live with shelter. Grassroots solutions and city help is available, but the change necessary to make impact cat be even more apparent.


Rose Broome and co-founder Zac Witte have created Handup, a platform to help those that need a helping hand. The site shares profiles of families and individuals homeless in San Francisco—with a text messaging service to let anyone donate easily to them.


Sometimes digital marketing isn’t the best answer

French agency TBWA France set out on a marketing campaign to build awareness for the Action Contra la Faim, which is an NGO that stands for Action Against Hunger. While their vehicle for marketing may not seem creative and unique, apparently it worked overwhelmingly that blogs across the world have begun to spread the news of the endeavor.

action against hunger petition

A line of billboards stretch across the walls of a metro station in Paris depicting the dangers volunteers encounter regularly when providing assistance in war zones. At the end of the images is a open petition board for subway riders to sign in support of these forgotten volunteers.


Kids can change lives with just a camera

100cameras is a non-profit that gives children that are disadvantaged around the world to be re-empowered. They do this by outfitting them with cameras and teaching them the craft of photography. Launched in 2008 by four women because they believed that children see the world differently than adults. With that premise in mind believed that a child could take photos in their community to tell stories in a way that no other outsider or elder could.


The first project pilot saw a development in an orphanage. In South Sudan the kids in the orphanage were given cameras and the photos that were captured were remarkable to say the least. The moments the children captured were stories that shared a fulfilling life, happiness and hope, where others would only see hopelessness. Since then subsequent projects were done in Cuba, India, and the U.S.


Commune app

New app Commune empowers those organizing events for community projects promote and list opportunities for volunteers. The app helps users find volunteering opportunities that speak to them as well in one place while enrolling friends to make a difference as well.


Currently available for students in Columbia University, New York University and Oxbridge, the application raises awareness of local community endeavors. Organizers add details of the event and can then choose to invite friends, group members, those in particular cities, or an entire city. Planners can pilot an initiative on the app to see if volunteer recruits and judge appreciation for an event as well prior to beginning the intensive building process.


A subway car for singles only

Driving a startup means little time for tech leads, founders, and supporting team members to have personal time. Entrepreneurship for many is work, work, and more work, while finding love isn’t as simple in the hectic lifestyle to hopefully attain Tumblr status. But for many the route to startup headquarters means shoving through shoulders to find a seat on the subway, opening up a laptop or book and learning to do and be better.

subway love

With that in mind, project planners in Prague are taking a chance to re-invent the transit system to cater better for singles during commuting to find love. Because building a startup and living in our tech heavy world shouldn’t mean the journey is one traveled alone. The single-only carriages will provide people that chance to entice fate to meet and form a relationship during what could be few moments of downtime during the daily grind.


TwedEx, using Twitter and the crowd to ship packages

You leave your house as usual around 8am, a little early to avoid the inevitable delays, to jump on the subway and reach the office by 9am. Before walking up the steps a coffee stop in the lobby is not just necessary it’s essential, “two cream, two sugars – please”, just as you’re about to reach for the door to the office lobby with a steaming cup of java in one hand and your Anitgua satchel draped over the same shoulder, a stranger who was sitting on near-by bench approaches saying “here’s your package.”

TwedEx, crowd sourced delivery by Microsoft

That’s the hope of a newly derived crowd-platform delivery system coined TwedEx by Eric Horvitz of Microsoft Research in Seattle. There are similar delivery concepts already existent as web and mobile apps, but this one has one essential difference: the service will be able to bubble up routes and destinations that are travelled frequently. The model calls for a package to be delivered amongst a chain of people, and an algorithm does the math to calculate the fastest route using location data compiled from New York tweeters.