In this age of constant connection, there are concerns about the implications of living a life constantly “plugged in.” We have never been so connected, yet we are simultaneously more distant with those around us. Holly Tagima looks at how this can help make a positive impact on the world around us.
Even when technology is used for a good cause, there are many who remain skeptical. Many struggle to comprehend how a selfie can make the world a better place; decrying such actions as nothing more than narcissistic nonsense. The hard facts however cannot be ignored. The #NoMakeUpSelfie campaign raised a whopping 8 million pounds in just 6 days!
Your smartphone not only serves to take photos of your cornflakes or delight you with pictures of the most dapper French Bulldogs you’ll ever see. With the swipe of a touch screen, you can connect with people on the other side of the world; raise a charity’s profile; contribute to groundbreaking scientific research and even help to combat corruption.
Want to know how to change the world in your sleep or whilst going for your morning run? Read on to discover some of the apps out there that are making our planet a better place.
Change The World While You Sleep:
If you’re guilty of chronic morning snoozing this may be the app for you. Do a good deed before you even get out of bed with iCukoo. Every time you’re tempted by that snooze button, remember it will cost you! Pressing snooze costs £1 which will be donated to your chosen charity.
Want to be part of the fight against cancer, AIDs, Alzheimer’s or one of the many other worthwhile causes out there? Well you can do your bit without lifting a finger (well, apart from downloading the app). The Power to Give is an application that harnesses the processing power of your phone while you sleep. Not much on its own but when combined with the power of thousands of other mobiles, it becomes a supercomputer. Scientists are using this technology to find solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our time. Fighting hunger and providing safe water are just some of the projects waiting for your contributions.
A Win For The World, A Win For You:
Technology has been organizing our lives for years, from helping you manage your budget to making sure you never miss an important deadline. Mobile apps play an important role in almost all of our daily lives. With the apps below you can make a difference whilst improving your life.
Paper Karma is one such win-win application. If you’re fed up of receiving junk mail through your letterbox just take a quick snap and this application will remove your name from the mailing list. No more unwanted mail and save the environment by reducing all of that wasted paper
Another great app is Charity Miles. Everyone can always benefit from a bit more motivation when it comes to getting fit. How about if you knew that every step counted and every completed mile meant a donation to your chosen charity. Get fit and do good in the process, a winning combination!
The final application in the win-win section is Budge Challenge. Budge Challenge is a fun and creative way of donating to charity. When you make a bet with a friend the loser will donate the value of the bet to a chosen charity. So now, even when you lose, you win. Genius!
Apps Providing Crisis Response:
Many apps are helping to make the world a better place in a variety of ways, including playing a vital role in crisis response. Help Bridge is an app that helps people to reconnect quickly and easily after a natural disaster. It also provides opportunities to get involved in post disaster relief efforts.
Infected Flight is an app that is making a difference before an epidemic has even occurred! It is able to use data to predict the spread of infectious diseases, including Ebola. Despite being early days, this kind of technology is extremely exciting and its potential to make the world a better place is something that no one can deny.
There are of course drawbacks to these apps, one of which is the limited scope and areas where such apps are used. Ultimately, it is people that will change the world, not apps. They are, however, important tools that we can leverage to connect with others, foster innovation and unite us in our quest to make this planet a better place for all.
As these apps have proven, changing the world requires very little individual effort, but together, these small contributions can have a very real and measurable impact. With so much potential literally at your fingertips, get your phone out now and start doing your bit to make the world a better place!
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Development in Action.
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