Power of the Crowd

wevolunteersAs part of an event by the Digital Empowerment Foundation India, we were introduced to startups that are into spaces such as Crowdsourcing Votes, Volunteers, Food and more. Is Crowdsourcing the way forward to solving global challenges?
Check out some of these startups and let us know what you think of them.

Crowdsourcing Votes
Change.org – A platform that seeks support for petitions directed towards policy-makers in an effort to create a true democracy.

Jaago Re – A cause marketing initiative launched by Tata Tea in 2008 to raise awareness for issues around Indian general elections, citizenship and social causes.

Greenpeace – An activism platform for campaigns dedicated to protecting naturally available resources like air, water and forests to prevent the dangerous impacts of climate change, nuclear power and modern development.

Jhatkaa – A campaigning organisation committed to building grassroots citizen power in effective and innovative ways to engage citizens to hold corporate, cultural and government leaders accountable.

Crowdsourcing Volunteers
Youngistaan Foundation – One of India’s largest networks of volunteers that is committed to making a difference in the community by helping those in need.

iVolunteer – A social enterprise that brings together volunteers and organisations to share time, skills and passion to promote social development.

Bhumi – An organisation that provides youngsters a platform to serve the society and bridge the gap between the educated and the uneducated by educating and mentoring children from orphanages, slum and village community centres across the country.

Crowdsourcing Food
Robin Hood Army – A volunteer-based initiative that crowdsources surplus food from restaurants and makes it available to the less fortunate people.

Annakshetra – Another volunteer-based organisation that targets ceremonies, functions and parties to procure surplus food and make it available to the needy.