Ken Banks

FrontlineSMS, a project of 2010 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Ken Banks, has been selected as one of only four Finalists in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, the prestigious annual design science competition. Named “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award” by Metropolis Magazine, the Challenge awards $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a whole systems-based solution that...

In today’s installment of our special Digital Diversity series, Irma F. Saligumba – Health Research and Projects Coordinator at Molave Development Foundation – talks about a project in the Philippines which aims to reduce mother and infant mortality rates, and provide education and support to expectant mothers, all through their mobile phones. Digital Diversity is...

In today’s installment of the special series Digital Diversity, Amy O’Donnell takes a look at how radio is being combined with mobile phone text messaging to better connect smallholder farmers with local agricultural programmes in Kenya. Digital Diversity is a series of blog posts about how mobile phones are being used throughout the world to...

In today’s installment of the special series Digital Diversity, Florence Scialom shares news of how Nigerian grassroots organizations and agencies have joined together to encourage citizens from communities all over the country to use mobile technology to amplify the voice of Nigerian citizens, making their opinions impossible to ignore. Digital Diversity is a series of...

In her role as the Content Producer for the SOCAP conference series, Amy Benziger has the opportunity to interview innovators from around the world on how they are changing the landscape of social enterprise. For this installment of Digital Diversity, she interviews Sara Chamberlain, project director for BBC Janala, an initiative based in Bangladesh that...

Using basic mobile phones and text messages, “invisible” poor or homeless people in India and Africa can be counted as individuals with needs and rights — and receive their share of social resources.     In this installment of Digital Diversity, Matt Berg, a technology practitioner and researcher in the Modi Research Group at the...

Leapfrogging PCs, Africa’s burgeoning generation of mobile tech-savvy entrepreneurs is bursting with ideas and practical inventions, from African apps for smart phones to software solutions that address uniquely local challenges. In this installment of Digital Diversity, Kenya-based Erik Hersman, a co-founder of Ushahidi, a free and open source platform for crowdsourcing information and visualizing data,...

One year after an earthquake devastated Haiti, Survivors Connect, an organization that uses technology and social media to empower citizens around the world to address slavery and violence, has set up a text message helpline to report crimes in the country. In this installment of Digital Diversity, Aashika Damodar, the founder and CEO of Survivors Connect,...

In this installment of the Digital Diversity series, Jan Chipchase, Executive Creative Director of Global Insights at Frog Design, discusses how mobile technology may be used for personal banking in Afghanistan, a country challenged by limited access to traditional banking infrastructure and widespread distrust of formal institutions. By Jan Chipchase There’s a moment at the end of every...

Innovator, anthropologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Ken Banks shares exciting stories in Digital Diversity about how appropriate technologies and mobile phones are being used throughout the world to improve, enrich, and empower billions of lives. In the second Digital Diversity, Ken Banks interviews Bev Clark, program director of Freedom Fone, and a founder of...

In Digital Diversity, a new series of blog posts for Nat Geo News Watch starting today, innovator, anthropologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Ken Banks shares exciting stories about how innovative technologies and mobile phones are being used throughout the world to improve, enrich, and empower billions of lives. This first post sets the stage....