The world’s problems have become our problems with the advent of social media. Collaboration between problem-solvers and idealists span the Web, pooling together ideas, funds and strategies to alleviate the world’s most daunting challenges.
In an effort to inspire human-centered design, HCD Connect has emerged as a platform for individuals to build off of empathy, observation and listening in order to design solutions for anyone out in the world who needs it. Think of it as a sort of Facebook for do-gooders.
The HCD Toolkit, available in a hard copy form or digitally online for free, provides nonprofits, social enterprises and people who work with low-income communities around the globe with a problem-solving guide.
It is the social aspect of the site and organization that really caught the attention of my tech-seeking eyes. The website offers a social network for those interested and engaged in a cause, as a means to share stories of their work and for potential collaboration. By simply inputting your location and interests from a dropdown menu, you find others participating in a similar context.
Looking to connect with people in Asia working on environmental projects? Abrar Hassan – a filmmaker and social entrepreneur working in Karachi, Pakistan on issues at the nexus of community development and the environment – popped up on my search.
Or say you have a calling for Africa and a knack for education? Meet Muchiri Nyaggah from Nairobi, a consultant for Semacraft Consulting Partners, a multi-disciplinary organization that seeks to enhance quality of life through technology.
With access to each individual’s Facebook page, LinkedIn account or personal websites or projects, the site is a playground for the solution-oriented.
Face the challenge, create a story, discover, innovate and live in a better world.
Keep Calm and Learn On,
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