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Expats as world benefit agents

A digital platform with an interactive map lets expats voluntarily post photos/information on the world beneficial activities or products that they stumble upon in different parts of the world.

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An expat is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country and culture other than that of the person's upbringing. (

An example of an expat would be Ingrid, a teacher from Sweden, going to Uganda to voluntarily work in a rural school. During her stay, she stumbles upon Makapads, locally made sanitary napkins made of papyrus. She takes a photo and keeps for herself. Wouldn't you want to see it?

'Expats as world benefit agents' gives opportunity for people like Ingrid to upload, tag location and give information on activities and products with a social impact they find out in their neighborhood. A combination of treehugger, instagram and foursquare, the service provides a digital platform for the unrevealed knowledge to be pointed out and spread. Expats community is an ubiquitous target group with the potential of being reached and organized as agents.

The most powerful tool of the platform is the interactive world map which visualizes the location data, photos/videos, and a description of all world beneficial activities tagged by the agents.

How does your concept celebrate, identify or inspire for-profit businesses that act as agents of world benefit?

Lets take a look at Ingrid's impact. Makapads is a for profit business making and selling locally manufactured sanitary napkins to school, NGOs and individuals within Uganda. With 'Expats as world benefit agents,' Ingrid helps them reach a worldwide community. This provides Makapads with publicity and possible nomination to The Fowler Center's World Benefit Award.

How will your concept help us create or leverage stories of world benefit that are sticky and shareable?

Similar to the concept submission form in OpenIDEO, expat agents will also fill in why and how the activity they find has a social impact and post a photo/video about it. This way the platform will make sure that the stories worth sharing are documented successfully. Using the world map, one can browse through the projects going on in their own neighborhood or in different parts of the world.

What will it take to scale your concept so that its reach is global and widespread?

Existing social media networks or expat communities, (such as can be used to reach the potential agents. The sweet responsibility of becoming an agent will spread virally.


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Photo of Ashley Jablow

I especially like how you've identified a specific network that could source stories and inspirations that then get fed into the prize that the Fowler Center is envisioning! A great way to surface stories worth celebrating.

Photo of Cansu Akarsu

Thanks Ashley, and I find a very clear link between the expat agents concept and your 'Yelp for World Benefit' concept.

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