VoiceRaising links university students to refugees in developing countries. Using web-conferencing, students help refugees improve their English through online classes. This improves the refugees’ job prospects and opens avenues of social activism. Students and refugees together write blog entries to inform the university about the refugees' stories.
Third Arena is creating social organizing toolkits for educators to make digital media socially engaging for remote and underserved students around the world. Think Oprah Book Clubs for OpenCourseWare. Our model, being piloted in Tibet, is:
Open Education Resources + Study Circles + Tools for Community Organizing
A ‘New media’ platform for collating tech-based social innovations, to facilitate their development through tech-support, collaboration, peer learning and the adaption of innovations to contexts. There is no known media platform that combines these ideas to provide a holistic way of creating and using social innovations.
What if readers could edit the news?
VoteDoc, an easily embeddable collaborative editing tool, lets readers propose changes and vote to identify the best ones.
Wiki-enabled news sites would build trust and improve content as readers refine biased language, add context, highlight critical information, and correct errors.
Financial services consumers in the world seek high-quality specialists who they would want to hold accountable in dealing with their financial affairs. The idea behind the project is that consumers deserve open source information, education and a pressure free environment in which to connect with pre-certified specialists.
Without America’s watchdogs how will citizens make sound voting decisions?
This documentary "Seeking the Truth" and interactive website, SFNewsHub, examine the decline of America’s newspapers and how the loss of reporters negatively impacts a democracy. Using social media and film, we are proactively engaging the public in this discussion.