Co-Founder of Twitter Launches New Nonprofit

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February 23, 2011; Source: PC World | A new nonprofit launched Wednesday by a tech advocacy group and a cofounder of Twitter, Biz Stone, will focus on using technology to “do good,” including making improvements in the U.S. education system, according to PC World.

The new group, ConvergeUS, was the brainchild of Rey Ramsey, TechNet's CEO and Stone of Twitter. The founders say the group will convene diverse groups to work on a "technology innovation blueprint," a plan for using technology and social media to drive social change.

Ramsey says that it “gnaws at him” that there is a relatively slow pace of technological innovation in the social sector.

ConvergeUS will work with three other groups each year to work on social issues, with a summit every year where social innovators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, problem-solvers, and subject matter experts will be invited to tackle social issues in Silicon Valley.

In its haste to pull from the private sector, let’s hope the new nonprofit isn’t ignoring the lessons of the many that have come before with a proven track record of problem solving and systems change, among other skills and accomplishments.—Aaron Lester

  • Lily Serreau

    Very interesting 😀 I went on their website and click on “technology” : is it like outsourcing IT for non profits?

  • Nick Florest

    So how do they plan to address the fact that most nonprofits move at “a relatively slow pace of technological innovation” because they don’t have the capital or resources needed to keep up with technology? Some of even the largest nationally-known nonprofits don’t have the money or the staffing necessary to effectively operate even the simplest Facebook page or WordPress blog. And in the face of this economy, nonprofits across the board are laying off staff and losing financial contributions, as a result, forces them to not be able to keep up with the technology that could help improve them.

    I say all that to say, let’s not blame the victim.

  • Erin Waite

    Perhaps an even simpler question: Why? Is it just me or is everyone keen on social media sounding like a hammer in search of a nail?