"Michael, the very last point about credit ratings based on mobile usage is an interesting one! The others too, but this sounds pretty new, have you seen models where this is being implemented, particularly among individuals whose income is too low…"
"It's also important to clarify that increased access and participation to a variety of civic, economic, and political systems has some value in and of itself...short of results-oriented impact, which is"
"Over at Social Impact Lab, we are starting to think about the same questions with respect to local governments and social service agencies...how operations, supplies, processes, and constituents can be considered more carefully using mobile systems."
"Another challenge that we're seeing is around informed consent, particularly when mobile is used in development or humanitarian projects for larger research objectives. Along the same lines, data integrity questions and awareness differ from…"
"For example, in Kenya, Social Impact Lab just launched a program called Payment View, that mimics some apps made for smartphones, and allows micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises manage incoming and outgoing payments through low-tech systems…"
"So cost will be a barrier for quite a while. But where I do see the impact coming from smartphones has more to do with the apps created on smartphones as a baseline for how to reach BoP populations with lower-cost alternatives that can plug…"
"Hi Lewis, it's a good question. There are a few considerations here. Once smartphones become cheap enough (handsets) for BoP populations, the costs of services may still be prohibitive for a while. It is not uncommon now for most low-tech…"
"I would echo Doug's comment and add that something unique about mobile devices for all these purposes is that they enable two-way communication and dialogue. For education, health, and governance related activities, people can participate (over…"
"Mobile phones have facilitated low-cost, economies of scale for a range of services, from health services to consumer products, for BoP populations. In other words, mobile has transformed distribution systems for populations historically…"
Social Impact Labs aims to lower barriers to positive social change using mobile technology. Our work has focused primarily on SMS communication systems for inclusion, participation, data collection, and reporting among and in last-mile communities. We continue to launch new applications and tools designed to ensure that SMS can be used to support a broad range of projects and services in cities and rural communities alike, in health projects and mobile money among others, from Nairobi to New York and most places in between.
Topics on my radar:
Base of the Pyramid, Environment, Governance and Transparency, Inclusive Business Models, Technology
Other Topics on my radar:
Public Service Delivery
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