Last month I joined an unusual group of techies gathered at Oxford for an Oxfam sponsored event that allowed us to get cracking at code to help with social problems like flood forecasting, fair-trade, and international aid transparency. Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) sponsored
As mentioned in a previous post, it was a big inspiration for us when 200,000 people got out to clean-up Romania last year, as was the later harnessing of the web for the Arab Spring. We were not seeking an Eastern European Spring but what North Africa managed through
The finalists in Restart Romania represent small business owners ‘looking to do more,’ journalists, programmers and long-time activists. Their diverse backgrounds offer insight into broad discontent with the status quo and led to productive discussions about the role of non-traditional leaders an
Since 2009 we have watched Romania adopt and experiment with social media for social change while building a network of techie friends. As we began testing various models to get these programmers engaging with the world-beyond-code, we found a group of (mostly) young Romanians trained to think about solving problems, knowledgeable of a wide range of tool sets and just as passionate about
Romanian activist Elena Calistru talks about her www.banipierduti.ro (Lost Money) project in this interview, sharing her experience as a ReStart-er and how it challenged her data centric approach to transparency and accountability work in Romania.
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