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By Geoffrey Bowker Based on the seven years of leadership of founding director Jim Koch, CSTS will continue its research, publication, symposia, workshops, and Tech Awards activities, and this year will feature another international conference, “Building a Global Knowledge Commons.”
By Edward W. Barnholt The Tech Awards had a record number of quality applications from a record number of countries, and honors another 25 inspirational Laureates.
By Kenneth Manaster Uses of technology in natural resource tracking, crop protection, fertilization, land-mine clearing, and education on improved environmental practices provide multiple benefits for the environment.
By Alexander J. Field The technologies recognized for stimulating economic development range from an improved method for catching rats, to an initiative to bring mobile phone service to remote villages, to the use of Web-casts and video-conferencing to link indigenous entrepreneurs to potential lenders, to a much cheaper system of drip irrigation, and finally to a new cropping system.
By Chad Raphael There were three major trends in this year’s applications: providing broader access to education, fostering international understanding and dialog, and use of suites of technologies.
By Michael Kevane The applications featured uses of technology for helping the disabled, improving human rights, and increasing the capacity of organizations that provide services to those marginalized by poverty.
By Craig Stephens Both “high-tech” and “low tech” innovations are providing tangible benefits for human health
The Global Social Benefit Incubator: Toward a New Pedagogy for “Scaling” in Social Benefit Entrepreneurship
By James L. Koch, Karen Coppock, Pat Guerra, and Albert V. Bruno For the second year, a group of social benefit entrepreneurs worked intensely in a unique program to address the challenges of sustaining and scaling up their innovations for serving urgent human needs.