Meet Online, Deliver Offline
November 12, 2009
A colleague pointed me to this BBC article today on Global ‘caring’ portal to launch and this one First Ever Global Portal for Social Change Set For Launch …. sorry guys but I do think there were other websites in this space before you … including Betavine Social Exchange … well maybe these other sites focussed a little more and are not on quite the same scale.
I think this is a great initiative, people can give their time to projects running on other continents without leaving the comfort of their own homes. It is a “a place where people can meet, congregate and participate..to change the world online”.
I will be very interested to see how this works – may learn a few lessons for the Social Exchange. With the Social Exchange we talk about it being an online meeting place or a “matchmaking” website .. however, when it comes to delivering real services on the ground you need to go offline.
We noticed that Kiva used local representatives to help with the delivery of the micro-loans to the right people and we have introduced the concept of “Support Partner” in Betavine Social Exchange. Support Partners are organisations with some local presence that can help to deploy a mobile solution in the local market.
Can the world be changed online?