Using Technology for Social Good
The Game Changers Summit, held Sept. 3-5 in Nashville, Tenn., addressed how information and communications technology (ICT) can be used to help parts of the world left behind by the technological revolution.
Participants heard from globally-renowned leaders about how to solve problems in education, wellness, and community development by leveraging the world's growing access to cell towers, Internet and hardware.
Explore the stories below to learn more about the life-enhancing and life-saving potential of technology and how your congregation can become part of this innovative, technology-based mission.
Grab your cell phone in typhoon, flood, or war
When disaster strikes a community, cell phones and other communication aids can help with emergency response and recovery. Read More
Text messaging can be lifesaving
Technology such as mass text messaging can be lifesaving.
Leveraging information for development
Game Changers Summit draws people from nine countries to hear experts on how technology helps the social good." Read more
Meet the summit speakers
Chris Locke: ‘Show me the money’
Mobile technology analyst feels the ability to utilize mobile money has become a true “game changer” in developing nations. View
Kristina Lee: Books on the ground
A heart for helping led Lee to providing e-books and educational materials for students in developing nations. View
April Mercado: Technology aids disaster recovery
Food and shelter are obvious needs, but don’t underestimate the role technology can play in the aftermath of a catastrophe. View
Wayan Vota: Send cash, not tractors
Technology is vital in both recovery from disaster and long-term growth in developing nations, but the tool must fit the need. View
Maeghan Orton: Trial and error in Nairobi
Maeghan Orton sees every day the ways technology improves lives in Africa. But she also sees which approaches work … and which don’t. View
The Rev. Larry Hollon: Technology and Theology
"When we allow people access to technology that allows them to get information to improve their lives, then we are fulfilling the call of God to be a transformative presence." View
Firdaus Kharas: Activism through animation
Animator uses light-hearted approach to serious topics in an attempt to defeat cultural stigmas. View
Warren McGuffin: ‘Giving away fishing poles’
Warren McGuffin, who started a food program in Haiti, is now working to give Haitians the tools to feed themselves. View