Technology gurus have put their heads together to create a new platform that combines technology with social reform – its name is ConvergeUS.
Rey Ramsey, CEO and President of Technet, Biz Stone, Co-Founder of Twitter, and Andrew McLaughlin, Head of Global Public Policy and Government Affairs for Google Inc. and many others are the brains behind the new operation that will take promoting social reform online to new digital levels.
ConvergeUS plan is simple and is explained in 3 steps: (via http://convergeus.org/)
1. ConvergeUS Summits: Each year we will convene social innovators, problem-solvers and subject matter experts to address specific social problems. The technology sector participants will be recruited into a permanent corps of Innovation Fellows.
2. Online Clearinghouse for Innovation Fellows and other Social Innovators: We will develop and manage a virtual innovation marketplace for Innovation Fellows and the other Social Innovators.
3. Social Innovation Technology Projects: We will find and implement model social innovation projects that are effective and scalable.
Our primary areas of interest are early childhood education and families including military families, healthcare, sustainability and emergency preparedness, areas that can be enhanced by the collaborative uses of technology. ConvergeUS is national in scope, but we have a geographic range that is opportunistic as we seek to maximize impact.
These intelligent individuals realize how powerful the Internet has become as a reference point for many companies, organizations to showcase themselves and their efforts. ConvergeUS attempts to establish a new model for this process of using technology in connection with social change.
Making their first official statement less than a week ago, they hope to build an extensive network of strong minds in the academic, non-profit and technology industries to create a new wave of how non-profit organizations utilize social media. This company is probably the most aggressive step thus far in building technological platforms that will attempt to engage social reform using social media and other aspects of the Internet.
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