Month: July 2010

Youth Research Partners and Grassroots Healthcare

Youth Research Partners and Grassroots Healthcare

Over the past few years we’ve increasingly seen grassroots healthcare services not being accessible especially in developing communities. This is also evident with the service delivery to the large youth market in Southern Africa where in some cases we only have social worker or health care professional for every 40 schools in most parts of …

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Why Social Services should go Mobile

Why Social Services should go Mobile

It has been one month since we’ve re-launched our Angel support service a partnership between Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs) and MXit. Since then the service had over a 100,000 subscribers with just over 47,000 regular subscribers. Organisations who are working with youth should consider the use of Mobile phones as part of their programmes and …

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One Percent Club: You Make it Work

One Percent Club: You Make it Work

Many opportunities exist to get involved with emerging social projects and one that RLabs have found to be extremely effective is the Innovative One Percent Club. 1% Club is the marketplace that connects smart development projects with people, money and knowledge around the world (Something similar to the Kiva initiative – See video above). With …

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Social Media at UCT Graduate School of Business

Social Media at UCT Graduate School of Business

Today I had the opportunity to share at the UCT Graduate School of Business MBA programme on the use of Social Media to empower communities. Some of the Social Media information I used can be viewed in short presentation below: Social Media and more Social Media View more presentations from Marlon Parker.

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Future Everything: The City as a Living Lab

Future Everything: The City as a Living Lab

Below is a very interesting presentation on another use of the Living Lab concept that immediately gave a few ideas on how we can continue evolving our Reconstructed Living Lab movement. FutureEverything – The City as Living Lab or Play Space View more presentations from drewhemment.

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JamiiX used for RLabs Drug Advice Support mobile counselling service

JamiiX used for RLabs Drug Advice Support mobile counselling service

Latest research by RLabs and the JamiiX Mobile Drug Counselling support system provided the following evaluation: – In practical terms, the advisors have the capacity to help more people (n = 27) in a two-hour session than advisors at helplines (n = 4).20 The DAS system aggregates the conversations for the advisors, allowing them to …

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10 Days of Sex, Drugs, MXit and ISLabs

10 Days of Sex, Drugs, MXit and ISLabs

Today marked the 10th day since we’ve moved our Drug Advice Support (DAS) service over to JamiiX in collaboration with MXit. It was also an opportunity for JamiiX to test out its new Virtual Machines provided by our hosting partner ISLabs. The partnership with ISLabs really brought much better performance to the DAS service therefore …

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CrowdFunding: New face of Venture Capital?

CrowdFunding: New face of Venture Capital?

As we’ve started our first Community Tech startup a few weeks ago, we will be sharing a number of interesting business resources to help other Technology startups especially those in emerging economies. One of the latest trends in the Venture Capital (VC) world “CrowdFunding” that has brought changes to the traditional methods for VCs that …

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RLabs partner with Youth Research Partners

RLabs partner with Youth Research Partners

This week was another exciting week for the RLabs family as we officially joined the Youth Research Partners Network. Youth Research Partners are a global partnership of youth research and marketing specialists in Africa, The Americas, Europe and Asia. We collaborate to share insights, best practices and better serve clients. We are really honoured to …

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