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Tech4Good is an exploration of the application of technology to good causes. It originally started as a pet project to find out where technology can help people and the planet. It’s now grown into a resource that I’d like to share with all.

Enjoy!

 

Liftshare

If you consider that car travel can be a significant proportion of an individual’s carbon footprint and that sharing a journey with another person immediately halves the individual footprint (as the carbon emission is shared) then lift-sharing is a very effective way of reducing your carbon footprint.

However, one of the barriers to lift-sharing is finding other travellers going the same way as you. A UK social enterprise started in 1998 liftshare solves that problem by matching drivers with passengers.

Their software is integrated into Google maps and immediately shows you possible shares of your journey. It also estimates how much money and carbon emissions you will save. They have an interesting statistics pagewhich currently says there are 67,803,557 planned shares in the coming year which equates to 125,575,626 shared miles!

Not only can you cut down on carbon emissions, you’ll save money and might even meet new friends!

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CycleStreets

CycleStreets is a UK-wide cycle journey planner system, which lets you plan routes from A to B by bike. It is designed by cyclists, for cyclists, and caters for the needs of both confident and less confident cyclists.

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Landshare

Landshare brings together people who have a passion for home-grown food, connecting those who have land to share with those who need land for cultivating food. Since its launch through River Cottage in 2009 it has grown into a thriving community of more than 55,000 growers, sharers and helpers.

It’s for people who:

  • Want to grow their own fruit and veg but don’t have anywhere to do it
  • Have a spare bit of land they’re prepared to share
  • Can help in some way – from sharing knowledge and lending tools to helping out on the plot itself
  • Support the idea of freeing up more land for growing
  • Are already growing and want to join in the community
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Food Security in Africa

Development Seed was tasked with getting real time data from food security organizations operating on the ground in Africa into the hands of decision makers working to prevent famines. Their Food Security Map is a pilot initiative to provide visual data on InterAction members’ field programs focused on poverty alleviation and food security in twelve African countries.

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