July 23, 2018

These stories are in partnership with Uncharted and Visible. Learn more about our work together here.

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Are you reading this on your phone?

There’s a good chance you are. If not, did you just put your phone down to read this on your computer? If so, I bet your phone is right next to you, face up. Information, entertainment, empowerment — all at your literal fingertips.

Today, most people own a phone. In fact, 95% of all Americans do. We don’t just own phones, either. We spend more than four hours everyday on our phones. And while we might assume people are spending countless hours scrolling Instagram and sending texts, there is a lot more being done besides selfies and snaps. In fact, mobile phones are powering and empowering countless people across America — and the world — leading to meaningful impact and changed lives.

Just take this excerpt from this TechCrunch article on hacking poverty through mobile tech and social entrepreneurship:

“The most successful distributed system to date is mobile technology. With 6.8 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, more people on the planet have access to mobile phones than to toilets. Using this near ubiquity of mobile technology, poverty hackers are changing the economics of poverty through new strategies for investments, loans and credit.

Social entrepreneurship is proving its worth throughout the developing world by applying established business principles and practices to poverty-related issues. Unlike top-down aid approaches, social entrepreneurship fosters and supports solutions created within communities of poor and marginalized people, making those solutions more likely to be adopted and sustained over time.”

Photo: The GrowHaus, Scott Russell 

Tomorrow, we are announcing the cohort for Visible Connect, a program focused solely on nonprofit startups that use mobile apps and platforms to create social impact — things like innovative ways to deliver meals to the hungry, safe access to content for teens, and unique solutions to solve the language barrier between teachers and multilingual homes. You don’t want to miss the news.

Read the rest on Medium!