Ken Banks jokingly and lovingly calls SMS technology "software with an attention deficit disorder." He’s referring to Short Message Service – also known as text messaging -- and he knows it’s no joke that SMS can help make social happen quickly, profoundly, and in very hard-to access locations.
He’s bringing his expertise to the collaborative creation of an SMS How To Guide. Join the process or just learn how to put this tool to use to reach your goals.
Ken, from tech-for-social-change leader Kiwanja.net, had developed FrontlineSMS, a free open source software that turns a laptop and a mobile phone into a central communications hub. Once installed, the program enables users to send and receive text messages with large groups of people through mobile phones.
This was exactly what Changemakers needed, and needed quickly. We had a month window to implement it and FrontlineSMS was already developed and tested, so we were able to deploy it almost immediately. The success of those two competitions was extraordinary.
In addition to the group building the SMS How To Guide, you can also find Ken on Changemakers as the founder of the Social Changemkaing with Mobile Phones Group.