We build tools that help communities organize, access, and apply local resources to the issues that most concern them.
because we're all in this together.
What We're Working On
Building virtual shelters with mobile phones.
SafeNight provides staff members at domestic violence service organizations with a secure way to crowdsource funding from supporters who have downloaded the SafeNight app. When an individual is in urgent need of shelter, a qualified staff member at a domestic violence service organization can initiate a request for hotel room funding. Supporters who have downloaded SafeNight will receive a notification that an individual is in need and have an opportunity to immediately cover the cost of the hotel room. We are currently field testing this service. Find out more and download SafeNight.
Deploy known volunteers to meet urgent, time-sensitive needs.
Pilot: United States
The idea for this app was generated by Animal Welfare and Food Rescue groups. It helps organizations manage time-sensitive volunteer tasks by shifting some of the process from white boards to the volunteers. 4 Bells is being built, pro bono, by JayStack. The effort is also supported by a generous grant from Microsoft Citizenship.
Find the nearest place in time and location for a youth to get a free meal.
Pilot: United States
During the summer, millions of youth eligible for free and reduced meals lose the place -- school cafeterias -- where they ate lunch. Range is intended to help youth -- and those who work with them -- quickly find the nearest place in time and location to get a free meal. Range is currently in development with FTW Group.
Provide individuals using computers in public settings with a mechanism for masking sensitive words and images.
Pilot: World Wide
Many people use public access computing stations -- in places like libraries -- to access the Internet. Those that are viewing sensitive information -- like that related to health care -- may wish their viewing to be private. Something that is not easily viewable by a casual passer-by. The Privacy Filter is code added to a website, by the website owner, that allows the vistor to click a button and obscure pre-determined text and graphics. Privacy Filter will soon by available for download from TechSoup.org.
How We Develop Solutions
If you don't ask, how do you know what to build? We work with communities to build solutions that can be owned by and work for them.
Convene people working in a particular issue area.
Generators are facilitated sessions that identify opportunities for technology interventions. We invite the people who care most about the issue and ask them to respond.
Gather ideas and draft solutions.
We work with technology activists to develop potential responses to the opportunities generated by the community.
Encourge the community to vote for the tools that work best for them.
Choose the best.
Communities weigh in on prototypes and ideas, and select the ones that best meet their needs.
Work with volunteer technologies to make a solution.
Build the tools.
Technologists from corporations, universities, and development groups have an opportunitity to focus on the selected solutions and build tools that work across organizations.
Publish the tool for everyone to access.
Share with the community.
Measured by usefulness and not just downloads, the information gathered while the tool is in use informs the next round of development.
Why We Do This
We believe in the power of community. Whether you define community by geography, by a shared desire for change, or by a common set of skills, we believe we can work together to build tools that harness and organize any and all available resources. We do our best to learn fast -- in public -- and deliver value along the way. You can see this happening in real-time on the Caravan Studios wiki. Caravan Studios is a division of TechSoup Global, a 501(c)3.
WHO WE ARE
Anna Jaeger LinkedIn
Catherine Hurd LinkedIn
Marnie Webb LinkedIn | @webb
Mary Duffy LinkedIn
Sarah Washburn LinkedIn
Susan Tenby LinkedIn | @suzboop
Where You Can Find Us
It's all in the conversation.
We'd Like to Hear From You