Nominated by Jim Fruchterman
I want to make my gift of attention to InSTEDD, a bold nonprofit which is using technology intelligently to reduce the damage caused by epidemics and natural disasters to humanity’s most vulnerable communities.
I particularly like their agile approach to developing a series of free and open source software tools. InSTeDD sited their Innovation Lab in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and this helps drive solutions that are owned locally and actually solve real problems. We at Benetech really admire InSTEDD for taking a leadership role in this more socially entrepreneurial approach to technology in the social sector, based in respect and partnership. Big social problems like pandemics and disasters can be better addressed by encouraging communities to develop and promote their capacity and their own brain trusts. The world needs more organizations tackling important problems the way InSTEDD does!
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