Using mobile Technology for Social Development

According to a report by GSMA, there are more than 7.5 billion SIM connections in the world. This is not mere a number but a reflection in the reality of a few remarkable possibilities of flawlessly bridging up a gap in knowledge, building social awareness and succeeding towards a developed world.

As mobile devices are becoming cheaper each day and a debate around making the internet available for free, we believe that the day is not far behind when social entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations will be able to reach out to a cross-section of the global population more easily. With more than 1 billion people around the globe accessing information and relentlessly networking via smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, nonprofits need to harness the power of mobile technology to balance their mission-driven experiences.

Securing a Bright Future with Mobile Education

Most social issues crop up due to lack of education amongst people. As mobile phones know no boundaries, we can bring education to those who live in remote areas where access to education is next to impossible. From online schools to online libraries, a mobile phone is the modern online university for everyone with curiosity to learn and grow intellectually. Non profits who promote learning and intellectual development should preach and focus on this emerging new technology to bring the world closer to social development.


Empowering People with Mobile Tools

Non profits and charitable organizations have started to soak up technological innovations and are able to innovate on somewhat different approaches to societal problems. Have you joined the race?
A variety of mobile applications are being designed to help people overcome social challenges. One of the most significant mobile applications on similar lines is the one that analyses the air quality in a particular area. The mobile user has to click a picture of the sky and send it to a center where a group of scientists examine the luminance of sky in the picture. They send an accurate report to the mobile user after some time.
This mobile application is allowing people to monitor air pollution in their neighbourhood. Getting rid of air pollution is now in the hands of the people. The only thing which is needed is a kick-start and an opportunity to give people the right tools and information to create a lasting societal change.


Reaching out to remote locations

Having a mobile phone means that a person in a remote location can seek an advice from a doctor in no time and thus have access to advanced and also many other medical choices, something which may be unavailable in their locality. GSMA estimates that worldwide there are now 7.5 billion mobile connections with 3.7 billion unique subscribers. This potential for two-way communication is changing the face of community and social development.
Mobile technology is important tools that can be used to stimulate and accelerate social development effectively. It can be used, not only to provide services to people living in the remotest locations and help facilitate more choices but also to promote desired changes in the community through fast and effective information dissemination.



Getting the message heard

It is well known that people of all generations use smart phones.
Days are gone when the cell phones were only used for communication and that too only by the affluent urban people. 49% of people amongst the smart phone users reach out for their cell phones before getting off the bed in the morning and 56% people accepted that forgetting or losing their smart phone is worse than losing their cash, credit cards or ID.


The younger ones start with browsing search engines for automotive, apparel and beauty updates, the latest music and games on their smartphone, the elderly on the other side, browse the latest news, health updates or business related information via mails and messages. Well, it is definitely good news for the social entrepreneurs who want to get their message heard.
With the move toward open data, many non-profit organizations are creating mobile applications (apps) which are based on the needs of the non-profit’s members and can provide the end-user with the information they need. Besides, these apps help in other ways too, such as make a donation or respond to an invitation to a petition or campaign.
In fact marketing is now more effective on mobile phones. Average mobile campaign response rates are typically 12 – 15% as compared to direct mail which averages 2 – 3% and some companies are seeing mobile response rates as high as 60%+! (Thank you to Dipanwita das for providing research data)


Outsourcing the technology can cut operating costs

The mobile technology will help most of the non-profits to reduce their cost of operations, where internet-based data, applications and related services all can be accessed through smart phones. Nonprofits may not need a full-time IT department instead they can opt for an offsite network management. Tech-savvy non-profit organizations can minimize the time and resources they spend on information technology (IT) infrastructure by allocating a larger portion of their IT budget to “cloud” technology. Outsourcing the technology will cause less interference in service, enhanced network security and better access to IT services.

Gathering social views through mobile

The social networking sites have come up as great medium to express and share our views by sharing photos and videos. According to a study by Pew Internet in 2013, 73 percent of the U.S. population uses at least one social site. Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp are one of the most popular sites -forsocial networking. Now you don’t have to wait to open your laptop to get logged into these sites anymore. All these can be easily accessed using smart phone in a few seconds.
Skype allows video chatting.
Facebook connects us with people, family and friends and is also used for sharing ads.
Twitter enables us share short messages called tweets. These tweets are even viewed and written by the celebrities.
Instagram is loved by many for its pictures and video sharing feature.
WhatsApp is an instant messaging network.



To capture the social views of millions of social media users is easier now with the help of mobile web technology. It only requires the social organizations in question to be active on the social media channels.

Pls see if below stats are helpful


Global Mobile Data Traffic 2016


What is Movement 2017 and how can it affect US Election?

What is Movement 2017?

Movement 2017 is an organization that provides donors an alternative to giving their money to political campaigns. Instead, it encourages donations to local grassroots and issue organizations that are driving people to vote. It provides non-partisan research on local organizing and voter engagement efforts, in all 50 states. It highlights the issues being talked about and their far-reaching effects. At the same time, it strives towards building a larger interconnected “movement of movements” over the long term.

Movement 2017 Vision

The main aim of Movement 2017 is to provide support to donors and the public about groups participating in the upcoming presidential elections. Informed and active citizens are vital to a democracy functioning properly.

The long-term goal of Movement 2017 is to create a deliberate movement of movements. It wants to address a wider range of issues that has are often ignored by candidates, but matter deeply to many members of the American people.

Let us throw light on how these groups work in harmony and try to make the nation a better place for everybody. Below are the core criteria and characteristics they look for in these groups.

· These groups should act as trusted messengers who organize year round events. These events invite special attention to local and national issues that are of great importance to their local constituencies.

· The groups should have proven competence in and commitment to voter engagement.

· Groups must have roots in several communities, which are, marginalized on a national scale, such as immigrants, youths and the low income communities.

· The groups should be highly experienced in deploying proven high-touch face-to-face voter organizing techniques.

Who is Behind Movement 2017?

A philanthropic advising service called Gamechanger Advising is behind Movement 2017. The service is driven by a growing team with a lot of help and expertise from a network of amazing partners. It all started because every election cycle people are seen asking questions like: “What groups should I give to in order to have the biggest impact?” or “How do I fund groups in the South led by people of color?” Movement 2017 is a way to formalize this resource and make it accessible to a wider public.

How Movement 2017 works

Movement 2017 has divided the country’s 50 states on the basis of colors, namely, purple states, light blue states, light red states, dark blue states and the dark red states.

Some of the groups recommended by Movement 2017 are:

COLOR- COLOR is a Latina-led and Latina-serving group. It fights for reproductive justice. The group deals with several prevalent issues in the purple states areas. It works towards betterment in issues such as criminal injustice, racial inequality, economic and environmental justice. Their end goal is to have registered almost 1000 voters, primarily in Colorado.

Engage Miami and Civic fund- The group is maintained and funded mostly by the Bus Federation. The new youth civic engagement organization has focused most on social injustice. It helps energize Miami’s disconnected communities and organizes vote work among Miami’s youth.

Florida Immigration Coalition- Immigrant rights have always been one of the prime American issues. This organization is one of the largest organizations in the country to take care of that. The group has shown in the past some great electoral abilities and has delivered some clean wins at the federal, local and state levels. It has approached more than 50,000 households in the year 2014. This year the target is to reach about 70,000 homes to bring in some new voters.

Silver State Voices- SSV is the Nevada affiliate. The project has been financed fiscally. It works all around the year to maintain and create long term collaborations between the non partisan grassroots organizations. Their main goal is to build up a much more accessible and representative democratic process by making the largely marginalized communities engaged in civil issues. The historically marginalized communities refer to the single women, low income groups, youth and the people of different colors.

Just Us United- It’s a powerful new organization that has its main focus on grassroots lobbying, voter education and electoral organizing across the rural western areas of the state. Its goal is to enhance quality education, effective healthcare, fair tax reform. It also aims to provide safe sources of energy to the not so fortunate classes of people. Some young organizers hailing from the rural communities in the western counties are known to be the founders of the group. Haywood, Buncombe, Yancey and Madison counties are the main focus areas for this particular organization.

What these groups are up to and where Movement 2017 comes in?

These groups and grassroots organizations are taking great initiatives to not just highlight but also address the most significant social trends and issues. At the same time, they are making constant efforts to maximize the participation of the general public in the upcoming elections. Wasting the potential represented by youth people is an abandonment of their rights and Movement 2017 is a platform to help you make informed choices on which candidates to vote for. Unlike political campaigns that heavily advertise on TV, newspaper and other media, these groups are instead delivering hope to the general public and strive to work on the public welfare front side by side.

Who to donate?

The donors can make a great difference to the overall integrity of this country’s democracy and can even donate as little as $10 to a grassroots organization. However, one needs to be sure about which organization touches the core issues in your community. These nonprofit organizations aren’t profit based so they require funds and active participation from the masses in order to achieve their goals.

Ours is the world’s oldest continuous democracy yet sadly there is not much enthusiasm. In its most recent national election, the country observed the ninth lowest voting rate among 35 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It isn’t surprising that plenty of citizens feel that their vote doesn’t matter. Movement 2016 bridges this gap. The one stop platform recommends groups that create a more reflective democracy. It talent scouts and vets the most effective efforts in each state where just an extra $10 will make the greatest difference for achieving progress on social and economic issues.

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