While some worry that technology and social media actually make people less socially engaged, organizations around the world are finding creative ways tech can mobilize more supporters than ever.
Fast Companyís socially conscious CoExist blog explains:
A slew of initiatives address intractable social issues, yet often, even the most successful ones only address a fraction of the problem.
The good news is that a number of cutting-edge leaders and organizations are shifting their focus to ask: "How can we help to have impact at a scale that actually solves the problem?" And they are finding that technology, particularly information tech, offers answers.
If speeding a cure to Parkinsonís disease is your personal cause, there are several ways technology can help you learn more and get involved, right from your electronic device:
1. Find volunteer opportunities
Fox Trial Finder is an online database of Parkinsonís studies that need volunteers with and without Parkinsonís disease. Users can create a profile and receive email matches for trials that fit their interests.
2. Participate in research from your computer
Fox Insight is an online portal of virtual research opportunities open to individuals both with and without Parkinsonís, worldwide. If you have access to a computer, you can join Fox Insight to contribute valuable information that can propel PD research.
3. Contribute to a study from your smartphone
Android users with PD can contribute data from their smartphone to Fox Insight. Visit the enrollment page to get started. For iPhone users, the Parkinson mPower app offers another digital way to get involved in Parkinsonís research.
4. Hear from top Parkinsonís experts
The Foundationís monthly Third Thursdays Webinars (available on demand) educate on the latest in Parkinsonís disease research, offering experts to answer questions on topics like exercise for Parkinsonís and PD genetics. Knowledge is power, and information can lead to engagement in studies.
5. Fundraise on your commute
With the Charity Miles app, every mile you walk, run or bike contributes funds to the non-profit of your choice thanks to the support of corporate sponsors. The Foundation receives $.25 for each dedicated mile walked or ran and $.10 for every mile biked.