Tech for Good Ten: Loomio's online toolkit, an experimental tech commune, $1 billion for cleantech and more

13th December 2016 Posted by: Sam Firman

Welcome to the Tech For Good Ten, where we share the best 10 links in the Tech For Good world from the past seven days.


We’re aiming to share a wide range of links, meeting the people behind the latest digital innovations, showcasing the greatest tech for good products, looking at the future of social change technology, and exploring the themes and social issues that technology is tackling locally and globally.


Most importantly, we’ll be meeting the people and institutions who are actually using this technology, showing the positive difference it makes in their lives, their communities and the world around them.


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Tech For Good Ten | 13.12.2016


1//  Loomio releases online-facilitation toolkit

Loomio has released Loomio School, a free suite of tools to help people and organisations improve their online facilitation and collaboration skills.


2//  Coworker: a platform for improving the workplace

Coworker.org is a global platform to advance change in the workplace. Its technology makes it easy for individuals or groups of employees to launch, join and win campaigns to improve their jobs and workplaces.


3// German village set for tech-commune experiment

Patrick Henry Village, an abandoned military village in Germany, could get a new lease of life as a hippy commune fit for the 21st Century. The village is set to become the site for an experiment in tech-centred communal living.


4//  Hate Index: documenting hate crimes in the post-election US

The jarringly named Hate Index is a New York Graduate School of Journalism project aimed at chronicling hate crimes throughout the US after Donald Trump’s recent election victory. The database is filterable by categories such as location and the type of victim and perpetrator.


5//  Tech giants commit $1 billion to cleantech venture firm

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Vinod Khosla, Jack Ma, John Doerr and 15 other high-profile investors have formed a new venture firm, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, that will pour at least $1 billion into cleantech companies over the next 20 years.


6//  Drones deployed for complex forestry imaging

In an example of how drones are being increasingly applied to environmental efforts, a UC Berkeley project is using drones to create 3D multispectral forest imagery. Before drones, the task relied on people climbing individual trees!


7//  OGRX: open-governance research platform updated

OGRX is a platform founded by the Govlab, World Bank and mySociety aimed at improving access to open-governance research. The team has just announced OGRX 2.0, with some important new features.


8//  2016 NT100 set to be announced

Nominet Trust have announced the 2016 NT100 trailer, and are this week set to announce its annual list of the best tech-for-good all over the world. Stay tuned!


9//  Skype expand access to live-translation calls

Skype has announced that its live-translation service will be available not only for Skype calls, but calls to mobiles and landlines on Skype Preview. The expansion improves access to a service that holds obvious potential benefits for people and organisations globally.


10// Spanish surgeons use tailored, 3D-printed implements

Finally, surgeons in Spain have been pioneering the use of 3D-printed, patient-specific surgical implements.

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