On February 6, I attended a Fireside Chat with Jonathan Greenblatt, Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the Domestic Policy Council. The event was held at 1776 here in DC, a very cool incubator for social innovation startups.
Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning 'humanity to others'. It also means 'I am what I am because of who we all are'. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.
Ubuntu is part social and part economic: free software, available free of charge to everybody on the same terms, and funded through a portfolio of services provided by Canonical.
The very first pilot experiment that The Internews Center for Innovation and Learning supported was a Social Innovation Camp in Bosnia, in 2011. Following the Bosnia Social Innovation Camp, Internews held a number of similar events in different countries during 2011, 2012, and 2013. Some of these events were called Innovation Labs; others were called Camps. All of these events shared much in common with the first Bosnia Camp, with some variation in structure, goals, and outcomes.
Crowdglobe: an open research platform aimed at informing the future use of crowdsourcing mapping methodologies by highlighting deployments and research in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field.
Harnessing Design for Media Development: exploring methods of Design Research to gain a better understanding of how information and communications are impacting the livelihoods of marginalized communities
Media Map: an initiative to explore, interact with, and analyze data on media development, bringing together comparable data on how media, technology, and communication intersect with traditional development statistics.