There’s not really another site like this. Feel free to explore on your own or, if you’re one who reads the manual first, here’s the value proposition…
Corporations and philanthropists are looking to fund public purpose applications that catalyze social and economic development. At One Economy, we know well the problems of poverty and how technology can help. Our Social Innovation Lab is working on some apps, but we need a bigger army.
So we’re looking to help problem solvers like you to create apps their kids will brag about. It’s about informing you about tough problems, sparking inspiration, gathering resources and promoting what you create.
- We start with the Needs. The underserved in the U.S. face a lot of challenges. Here you will find a handful of tough ones we think can be addressed, in part, by applications — on the desktop, web, mobile and even game consoles.
- Next comes Solutions in both idea and project form. If you see or have an application idea you want to take the lead on, it becomes a project.
- Finally there is the App Catalog. Discover public purpose applications that are already addressing the Needs. When yours is ready, it will be featured here.
Those are the pieces. Here is how an inspiration becomes a successful public purpose app.
Inspiration to Public Purpose App
Let’s say you read about the Need to Connect Learners and wake up tomorrow morning with a great idea for a Facebook that makes kids love homework (hey, it could happen!). You submit your idea. You invite your colleagues to vote and comment and and incorporate their suggestions. We will be taking a coach’s interest in your progress, commenting and playing matchmaker with our development and funding contacts.
At some point you decide that you’ve got something. Or maybe a fascinated funder contacts you about supporting your vision. You or another member can take your idea to project status at any time by taking the lead on it.
During development, the project leader adds information about where your open source project lives (say in Github), its current status and schedule. The project moves forward and leader updates the posting here. Eventually it becomes the app you dreamed up. We will feature it in the applications catalog and help you promote it and make sure you get recognition for your Application for Good.
Applications for Good is more than an online community, members are first to be invited to our live meet-ups, hackathons, contests and other working groups. Once a member you can host your own group under the greater cause of public purpose applications.
Use P3, the Public Purpose Platform. API tools, embeddable widgets and ten years worth of public purpose content available only to Applications for Good members.