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Changemakers is an initiative of Ashoka - Innovators for the Public that focuses on the rapidly growing world of social entrepreneurship. Its mission is to provide inspiration, resources, and opportunities for those interested in social change throughout the world. Compelling stories in Changemakers Journal reveal how the creative energy of social entrepreneurs drives innovation in diverse fields, including education, health, the environment, and other areas of human need.
Digital Dividend
Digital Dividend is a web site dedicated to exploring creative business approaches, public-private partnerships, and other sustainable ways to bridge the digital divide and create lasting economic, social, and environmental benefits. The site has created a useful link page. The Digital Dividend web site is maintained by the World Resources Institute (WRI), an environmental think tank of over 125 individuals from diverse cultures. WRI partners with governments, international organizations, corporations, and other non-governmental organizations. The institute organized in October 2000 at Seattle the conference “Creating Digital Dividends” to explore new business approaches and market drives that could help to turn the Global Digital Divide into Digital Dividends.
Digital Opportunity Initiative (DOI)
The Digital Opportunity Initiative (DOI), a public-private partnership of Accenture, the Markle Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was launched at the G-8 Okinawa Summit in 2000 with the aim of identifying the roles that information and communication technologies (ICT) can play in fostering sustainable economic development and enhancing social equity. The report “Creating a Development Dynamic: Final Report of the Digital Opportunity Initiative” was published in July 2001.
Digital Opportunity Task Force (Website under Construction) (DOT-FORCE)
At the Kyushu-Okinawa Summit in July 2000, the leaders of the G8 focused considerable attention on the impact of information technologies and the growing risks of a global “digital divide”. The Okinawa Charter on the Global Information Society detailed these challenges and called for the creation of a Digital Opportunity Task Force (DOT-Force). The DOT-Force is composed of members from the public, private and not for profit sectors and includes participants from developed and developing countries. In May 2001, the DOT-Force published its final report: “Digital Opportunities for All: Meeting the Challenge (including a proposal for a Genoa Plan of Action)”, which was reviewed at the Genoa Summit of the G8. In their Summit Communiqué of 22.7.2001, the G8 endorsed the Genoa Plan of Action. The latest documents are the Conclusions of the Organizational Meeting of Montreal, 9-10.10.2001 and a Statement on Linkages with the UN ICT Task Force. Other documents are the Conclusions of the Organizational Meeting of Montreal, 9-10.10.2001 and a Statement on Linkages with the UN ICT Task Force. At the G8 Summit at Kananaskis, the DOT-Force presented its final Report Card. Stocktaking: Each of the Implementation Teams established to address the nine action points contained in the Genoa Action Plan produced its own "report card". The Reports of the nine teams (E-Strategies, Access and Connectivity, Human Capacity Development, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Global Policy Participation, LDC-Initiative for ICT-Inclusion, ICT for Healthcare, Local Content and Application Development and Development Assistance programmes) can be downloaded here.
Digital Partners
The mission of Digital Partners it to provide professional services and financial support to visionary social entrepreneurs interested in effectively utilizing IT to benefit the poor through a portfolio of influential collaborating institutions and individuals. They have also created a new venture capital fund model, a "social venture fund," to invest in and incubate new initiatives designed by IT and social entrepreneurs to trigger solutions to previously intractable problems of poverty.
E-Inclusion Solutions
The mission of Hewlett-Packard’s “e-Inclusion Solutions” is to close the gap between the technology-empowered communities and the technology-excluded communities on our planet by making it profitable to do so. In concert with other innovative HP efforts such as Digital Villages and e-government, e-Inclusion Solutions is determined to invent new solutions that will increase revenues for HP's current lines of business while promoting economic development in emerging markets.
Global Business Dialogue on E-Commerce (GBDe)
The web site of the Global Business Dialogue on Electronic Commerce contains a wealth of information on global e-commerce and on policy development in the said field. The 2002 Business Steering Committee is composed of CEOs and Chairmen of major business companies (Vivendi-Universal, Telefonica SA, AOL Time Warner, Bell Canada, Fujitsu and NIIT).
Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC)
The mission of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC) is to foster private sector leadership and private-public sector cooperation in the development of information networks and services to advance global economic growth, education and quality of life.The GIIC is an independent, non-governmental initiative involving leaders from developing as well as industrialized countries.
International Chamber of Commerce, Paris (ICC)
The International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, is the voice of world business championing the global economy as a force for economic growth, job creation and prosperity. Because national economies are now so closely interwoven, government decisions have far stronger international reper-cussions than in the past. ICC responds by being more assertive in expressing business views. Its activities cover a broad spectrum, from arbitration and dispute resolution to making the case for open trade and the market economy system, business self-regulation, fighting corruption or combating commercial crime. ICC has direct access to national governments all over the world through its national committees. The organization's Paris-based international secretariat feeds business views into intergovernmental organizations on issues that directly affect business operations. The private sector input into the WSIS process is being facilitated by the coordinating Committee of Business interlocutors (CCBI), chaired by the ICC. For more information about the mobilization, contributions and participation of the global business community, please click here
Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC)
OGC is an international industry consortium of 254 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geoprocessing specifications. Open interfaces and protocols defined by OpenGIS® Specifications support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT, and empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications.



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