The world is more "connected" than it's ever been – and yet at the same time we are somehow less connected than ever. For decades, technology and globalization have made us more productive and connected. This has created many benefits, but for a lot of people it has also made life more challenging. This has contributed to a greater sense of division than I have felt in my lifetime." (USA Today, January 3, 2017). While technological innovation has been beneficial, it has driven many communities a part. People would rather meet in digital communities and echo chambers and not engage with their neighbor. We have forgotten about one of our most basic social contracts: to love and take care of our neighbors.
By now most of us are familiar with the term crowd-funding. This is when many people band together to donate in small amounts to raise a substantial amount of money. Sites such as Gofundme, Kickstarter, and others have carved a niche to provide the technology and the users have taken ahold of the idea and have run with it.
ARISE Technologies is named as a finalist in the New Hampshire Social Innovation Challenge sponsored by the University of New Hampshire. The Social Venture Innovation Challenge (SVIC) is an idea-stage competition with the goal of inspiring a large and diverse group of students and community members to develop innovative, solution-orientated thinking and providing a forum to shine a light on these ideas.
The 1930's brought tough times to the United States. During this time the Government created programs to help the less fortunate. Over the years many programs have been added to help families get food, find work, and help the most vulnerable within our society. The intent behind the programs are noble; however, the methods supporting them are antiquated. Since the inception of these programs we have gone to the moon, invented the internet and the personal computer yet the social safety net has largely gone unchanged.