Technology in favor of good

crowdfunding

The idea of disrupting is most often associated with the world of things.  It brings us the technological innovations that promise better products, a more comfortable life and protect us from threats such as lack of energy or changes in climate. In terms of human relationships, it is also possible to have disruptions.  In this case, the platforms are well known: solidarity, tolerance, compassion, empathy, sharing, and collaboration. The disruptive power is in the attitude, but, of course, it can get a little push from technology.

The phenomenon of collective financing or crowdfunding is an example of how possible it is to stimulate collaborative feeling. The estimate in the site Catarse exemplifies how the culture of collective financing is settling in.  In 2015, 87 thousand people supported 610 projects with R$11,2 million. Catarse and several other similar sites have become an alternative channel for the realization of cultural, social, educational, artistic and other projects.

Thanks to collective collaboration, for example, a group of ex-cons got resources to do a film about their condition, and the challenge of reintegration experiences. The site Benfeitoria shows a project that searches for money collection to install collaborative libraries in communities in Rio de Janeiro.  Non-profit organizations, such as Dorina Nowill Foundation and Doctors without Borders, have also resorted to these sites to raise funds for their activity.

Following the trend, large institutions have also used technology to seek support. There is an application, ShareThe Meal, created by the initiative of the United Nations World Food Programme – the WFP that raises funds for the fight against hunger. Just a click on the mobile is enough to make a donation. This is also a not-for-profit agency. They show on their page (https://sharethemeal.org/pt) that their administrative costs are among the lowest in this industry.

 

The possibilities go beyond financial donations. The BeMyEyes application (http://www.bemyeyes.or), created by the Danish Hans Jorgen Wiberg, allows volunteers to use their smartphones to help visually impaired people in everyday situations. Through a video call, the visually impaired requests help, for example, to identify an object, to recognize a place or read the packaging of a product. The volunteers then describe what they see on the screen.

This is technology in favor of good disruptive actions.

 


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