Tag Archives: technology

An American Umbrella Revolution

Wouldn’t it be amazing if America’s youth demanded a change of status quo for homeless Americans? Wouldn’t it be incredible if America’s youth revolted against a society that allows for such inequity?

Are Homelessness Agencies the New Future?

The future is homelessness service providers stepping up as the adaptive initiators that just might finally end homelessness, like so many policymakers and think-leaders set out to do ten years ago.

Are Advocates too Quick to Judge the Homeless Hotspot Controversy?

I’m sure you’ve heard about the “homeless hotspot” controversy by now. In short, a Manhattan advertising agency provided free mobile hotspots to 13 homeless individuals interested in selling access to the Internet at SXSW in Austin, TX.

Critics around the world, myself included, snapped to judgment. I immediately took offense to the “I am a 4G hotspot” t-shirt gimmick that exploited the homeless and triggered an array of discriminatory comments on the radio and Internet.

Street Vendors Should Tweet, Even the Poor Ones

This year, the world has been captivated with the revolutions in the Middle East. Not surprisingly, the driving force behind the uprising has been the people themselves, leveraging the Internet and social media to communicate with each other and promote their message to the world. It’s obvious that social media is spreading, and the Internet […]

Study Finds Resistance to Homeless Management Information System Adoption

A study released in the March issue of Cityscape, a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) publication, investigated adoption of the Homeless Information Management System (HMIS) amongst a sample group of homeless providing agencies. HMIS is a national HUD initiative to streamline information sharing across homeless service providers. The idea is that better information sharing decreases duplication […]

How Social Entrepreneurs are Improving Lives and Changing the World

I sat in my chair riveted for the whole day listening to these idealistic, technologically savvy leaders of companies and non-governmental organizations describe how they are literally changing this world. The speakers were this country’s next generation of executives, influenced by role models like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Bono, creating life changing products of […]

Why Nonprofit Technology Sucks

On Monday Joel argued that technology has a role to play in helping people lift themselves out of poverty by connecting them to services and one another.  As the founder of a technology social enterprise myself I could not agree with this sentiment more. However, while Joel laments that non-profit technology does not hold a […]