Tech entrepreneurs have already changed the world, transforming how we work, how we communicate, how we shop. Imagine if these entrepreneurs focused their talents on big social challenges, using tech to devise radically new solutions to social care, child welfare, poverty, education and climate change.
Imagine the power of technology applied for social good.
I believe social media and Twitter have transformed communication in the same way television has transformed entertainment. The efficiency and speed at which we can exchange ideas and share content compared to ten years ago is extraordinary.
Possibly...well I hope not, but there are some exciting possibilities being offered by digital technology to help researchers identify patterns and valuable insights in their evaluation data that might otherwise go undiscovered.
Thanks to funding from the Nominet Trust, we've been able to offer a number of fully funded one-to-one sessions (known as Virtual Wishes) to care homes in need. One-to-one sessions are provided for residents who are not able to leave their rooms or join in with group activities. This could be people with advanced dementia, learning disabilities or mobility problems.
In a one-to-one session, an Alive! presenter uses an iPad with the resident to help them engage in activities which they most enjoy.
Ryan Bevan, our Get IT Together Project Co-ordinator is training 35 young volunteers to help deliver digital inclusion in RCT. Working with volunteers presents a variety of challenges, and the additional element of introducing younger volunteers introduces another range of issues including recruitment, training and management. Ryan has built in additional training and support for these young volunteers and encourages shadowing and mentoring to enable them to become confident enough to deliver sessions.
At Action in rural Sussex (AirS) we are fortunate enough to have developed a great partnership with the University of Brighton, as we embark on a new and innovative project, supported by the Nominet Trust.