FORBES – Little Bits For Big Challenges: Digital Technologies For Social Good

September 23, 2018

Arm, the semiconductor and software design company, created its 2030 Vision initiative to advance tech solutions for addressing challenges like food insecurity. Dominic Vergine, Arm’s Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, discusses the role of digital technologies in pursuing global goals on hunger and the environment.

MILLER CENTER – Talking Book, A New Voice for Isolated Communities

April 3, 2017

In today’s mobilized world, it is easy to forget that over 750 million adults remain illiterate, and 800 million still live on less than a dollar a day. The obstacles standing in the way of literacy and community development are numerous; and perhaps surprisingly, may be partially attributable to geography.

UNESCO – UNESCO-Pearson initiative for literacy announces finalists for case studies on inclusive digital solutions

May 22, 2017

UNESCO Section for Youth, Literacy and Skills Development announced the 14 case study finalists that will be part of the UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy: Improved Livelihoods in a Digital World.

HUMANOSPHERE – How one organization is adapting technology to help world’s poorest


April 18, 2016


For many NGOs working in the world’s poorest countries, a fundamental misunderstanding of the target population is a common pitfall. Amplio uses clever technology and a user feedback loop to maintain a genuine understanding of its target population’s needs.

FORBES – Ghana: Simple Technology Offers Rural Communities A Route Out Of Fragility

August 12, 2015

The challenges of distance and infrastructure in Ghana’s Upper West region mean that many people remain economically isolated, making a living through smallholder agriculture and small-scale trading. The Talking Book devices aim to fill the gap left by the absence of government services in these remote communities.

INDEPENDENT – A soap opera is changing women’s lives in Ghana with information about family planning

August 2, 2015

Lessons in health and farming embedded in the storylines make mothers and daughters better informed and better off. Rural women are listening the Talking Book, an audio device that serves as something of a cross between an ebook reader and a Ted Talk.

GEEKWIRE – Literacy Bridge partners with UN to provide talking audiobooks for farmers, mothers in Ghana

November 20, 2014

Every year in Ghana, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture celebrates Farmers Day. The idea is to honor and celebrate those that have worked hard and applied innovative methods to provide the country with more food. Last year, a group of winners shared something in common — they all had a helping hand from a Seattle non-profit.

PBS NEWSHOUR – Literacy Bridge Uses Talking Books to Spread the Word in Ghana

July 23, 2013

Amplio founder Cliff Schmidt initially developed the Talking Book to help illiterate people learn to read. But on a research trip to Ghana, Schmidt met with agricultural and health officials who said they needed a way to better communicate important messages to villagers, like how to improve agricultural yields and prevent diarrhea in children.

“Affordable access to literacy learning tools and relevant locally created knowledge.”
—Sha Zukang

Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations

“Ingeniously engineered (and re-engineered) to meet specific needs and usage scenarios in very poor communities.”
—Michael Trucano

Under-Secretary-GeSenior ICT and Education Policy Specialist, World Bankneral for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations



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