29 September 2015

Doing good, now free on Tshwane wifi

Excited to announce another partnership in the forgood stable. This one is particularly interesting as it has real ramifications in bring the tools of "social citizenship" within the grasp of a bigger section of society.

Most important part of this story? The clever folks at Project Isizwe have zero-rated usage of the forgood platform for anyone connected to the Tshwane Free Wifi Project - which means it won't affect each user's daily 250mb browsing cap.

The news below... Welcome to the forgood family, Tshwane!

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The City of Tshwane has launched an initiative known as Tshwane forgood on the City of Tshwane’s Free WiFi network. This initiative is in partnership with Project Isizwe, Happimo and forgood.  

Tshwane forgood is an online platform that connects citizens who want to volunteer time or donate goods with registered and vetted non-profit organisations. It makes finding ways to give back quick, easy, fun and free – all users connected to Tshwane’s free wifi can browse and use the forgood platform without their daily browser limit being affected – in other words, they have zero rated access to do good on the forgood platform (www.forgood.co.za). 

By encouraging its citizens to support those in need the City of Tshwane aims to create a more tolerant and inclusive society. Citizens that would like to volunteer or donate time to a good cause can find out more following the links on the Tshwane Free WiFi content portal, www.tobetsa.com

Municipalities are increasingly playing a powerful role in the Internet connectivity access space. Tshwane forgood creates a perfect opportunity to bridge the economic gap between the haves and the have not.

“Tshwane ForGood is another example of how the City of Tshwane is using technology to improve the lives of residents,” says Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane. 

17 September 2015

#uberforgood cleans up

Here's an update on the recent #uberforgood campaign where South Africans where able to use Ubers to pick up donations, drop them off at our forgood depots and then we used the forgood platform to match these donations out to Causes that could really use them.

Below you'll find some stats, numbers and stories from the campaign. Donations are about 90% allocated at present. Thank you South Africa, you were awesome.

Enjoy the campaign video!

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South Africa, 16 September 2015: More than a thousand pairs of shoes, piles of clothing, 10 baby seats, a couch, a few sets of golf clubs, computers, laptops and a box of cellphones – these are just some of the goods collected through the #uberforgood spring clean campaign that exploded on Twitter on the 08th of September.

Individuals and corporates were asked in the spirit of generosity to clean out their closets as part of the #uberforgood campaign, which saw Uber driver partners collecting items, at no cost, from users across the country. Items were then dropped off at forgood depots in Joburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban and are currently being sorted and matched to Causes registered on the forgood platform.

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support for the campaign. Our Joburg depot was literally filled floor to ceiling with goods,” CEO of forgood Andy Hadfield said. “Our online platform connects Causes to groups or individuals, we partnered with Uber to demonstrate just how easy doing good can be. The campaign, which was literally run at the click of a button, has already benefitted more than 50 Causes. Technology is opening so many doors for the social sector, we’re uber excited to play in this space.

Uber users, new and old, were given a week to spring clean. On 8 September the uberforgood vehicle view became available on the Uber app and within seconds of the campaign launching the first vehicle was requested. Demand was through the roof for the remainder of the day, with some goods being collected the following day due to high demand.

We really wanted to run a campaign to demonstrate just how easy it is for riders to contribute using our technology platform. When we heard about the forgood platform, we knew it would be the perfect company to partner with on a campaign of this kind. It is really exciting that through this campaign and the Uber technology we’ve managed to help South Africans donate items to over 50 Causes in need.” Alon Lits, RGM of Uber Sub-Saharan Africa said.

#uberforgood in numbers:
  • Participating regions: Joburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban
  • Causes reached: 370
  • Causes impacted: 50+
  • Number of clothing boxes collected: 500
  • Volume of Joburg donations: 175 cubic metres
  • Other cool donations: Bedding, printers, books, prams, cots, toys, golf clubs, guitars, keyboards, computers, jewellery and 1 punching bag.
  • Number of social media impressions generated through the involvement of all South Africa's social citizens: 10 million 

03 September 2015

Spear Phishing & the Mimecast Human Firewall Event

Spear Phishing. Not the fun kind. Doesn’t result in fish braais.

I would never click a phishing link” – the most commonly overheard phrase from people who are likely to click a phishing link. Internet security is a deep, black hole of scary stuff that we try our very best to ignore.

I actually have a slide dedicated to this in one of my talks (Future Kids Future Customers) that walks people through how many colossal security breaches have happened in the last 2 years – and how little we seem to care. And those are the public ones that are reports, not the ones the banks don’t disclose.

I met one of those people the other day. She’d had her bank account hacked and had R30k odd drained. Bank insisted she’d clicked on a phishing email. She insisted she hadn’t. While I’d like to trust her, I suspect she got had. And that made me sad.

Mimecast are doing some interesting stuff around enterprise protection against these kind of attacks. And they’re holding a conference if you want to know more. I’m interested enough in this – to tell you.

If you have a business or if you want to be a little more empowered around security decisions (phishing is just the beginning of the journey) – then you’ll enjoy this info.

Security is like backups. Not useful until it is.



Ah, criminal hackers! Those scallywags. As melodramatic as it might sound, you have but to hang out on the Internet for a few days to figure out that the pimply teenagers out there wield considerable power in this new digital age. And in fact, they’re not just pimply teenagers anymore. There are dedicated hacking businesses across the globe, trading personal information and national secrets in an economy that will induce tin-foil-hat-wearing in the very best of us.

Here’s an infographic with more.


For the full story, read that white paper and go to the event. But here’s a little bit from them around some software that will help – as well as the philosophical approach of building a “human firewall”. A human firewall is the idea of educating your staff so that they’re the first line of defense (not the first line of happy clickers) in the security process.

“Mimecast has software that scans and rewrites all hyperlinks in emails to check whether they are malicious or not, but with the rate of change by the hacking community, technology can’t (unfortunately) always block everything. Mimecast’s new version of Targeted Threat Protection also teaches people why links are malicious when they click on them by alerting them to the URL (which may look like fnb.co.za but is actually fbn.co.za, or looks like ‘SARS’ but is actually ‘SAR’). We’re also trying to help build the human firewall in businesses by encouraging all business decision makers to do their part by educating their staff about the dangers of sharing personal information using a malicious link.”

More anti-virus for all y’all! But seriously – I like the concept of a human firewall. We have stuck our heads in the sand when it comes to ALL issues of digital security. Perhaps it’s time we started talking about this.

What say you?

01 September 2015

The #uberforgood Spring Clean. SA's easiest way to donate!

I'm really excited to announce one of the (in my opinion) most innovative donation based campaigns that South Africa has ever seen. This is a taster of what's possible when a platform like forgood can collaborate with global technology brands. Scale. Sexiness. Impact in the social sector. Exposing people to how they can get involved and make a difference in this country. Building social citizens.

Hello to our new friends, Uber South Africa - and welcome to the #uberforgood Spring Clean campaign. You're going to see a lot of information hit social and traditional media over the next week. Here's a taster.

Importantly - you now have exactly 1 week to prepare. The campaign runs on Tuesday 8 September. Go find some stuff that our incredible collection of Causes can put to use in communities around the country. Here's the lowdown.

HOW WILL #uberforgood WORK?

  • Bag up your spring cleaned clothing, household items and box up your appliances, electronics and non-perishable foods for people or animals. Car seats are also accepted.
  • Sign up here if you are not yet an Uber user.
  • Open your Uber app on Tuesday, 8 September between 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Select the ‘FORGOOD’ vehicle view at the bottom of the screen.
  • UberVANs in Joburg and Pretoria, UberXLs in Cape Town and UberXs in Durban will arrive to pick up your items and drop-off your donation at the forgood depots free of charge.
  • Want some inspiration? Browse the 480 goods donation needs listed by Causes.
  • Read more on the Uber South Africa blog post here.

#uberforgood is not limited to individuals; corporates and their staff are encouraged to participate too by giving to those less fortunate this Spring. 

Donors are asked to personally bring their donations to the Uber vehicles as the drivers are unable to leave these unattended. In order for drivers to accept donations, clothing must be bagged and all appliances, electronics and non-perishable foods must be placed in boxes; this helps when packing the vehicle properly.

Should the vehicle requested already contain donations and your items are too large to be collected, you may have to request another vehicle. But no worries, it’s free!

#uberforgood will be in high demand so please be patient. 

If you are unable to request an #uberforgood vehicle on the day, just go to forgood and create your own Offer - an easy way to make sure your donation goes to a worthy cause!

#uberforgood – Clean out your cupboards and let Uber take care of the rest!

I'm excited. Are you?

31 August 2015

Doing good is the new cool...

We've finished a nice little profile article for forgood. Thought I'd share...

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Wanting to make ones world a better place is a universal feeling and it is especially prevalent in the Millennial generation, who want their lives to count for more than just making money. So much so in fact, that social-networking sites such as LinkedIn, include volunteering experience as a key part of a person’s resume. Why? Research suggests that companies not only are more likely to recruit people with a history of community engagement, but they are also are more likely to keep them on, if they actively get involved in the company’s volunteer programmes. 

Enter forgood, an online social platform that connects passionate people with accredited Causes; “We want to build the digital ‘glue’ underneath the Cause sector,” says Andy Hadfield, the company’s CEO. “There are some fantastic organisations doing amazing things across the country; we’re is the central hub that connects individuals and corporates with those Causes.” 

Describing themselves as a social market place where skills, goods, services and information can easily be offered and asked for, forgood aims to achieve their objective of doing good by tapping into a group of forward-thinking individuals and businesses who would use the social platform to help with volunteering and community engagement projects. “Essentially we’re connecting the dots and making it easier for Causes who are constantly in need and individuals or groups who want to do good but have no idea where to start.”

“There are over 100 000 registered Causes in South Africa, but very few technology platforms that connect people who want to do good, to the organisations that need their help. We are the common denominator that will link the one to the other and in so doing, we’re facilitating real value for everyone involved,” says Hadfield. 

How can you join the doing good movement?

Visit www.forgood.co.za and choose from the following options. 

Why would you want to sign up? 
  • Users can respond to existing needs and campaigns from an approved and accredited database of Causes. 
  • The easy to navigate website encourages users to create personalised offers around any interesting skills and passions they have and then matches these to the right Causes. (Everything from gardening, marketing, clothes and metalwork have been successfully matched to causes in early tests).
  • The platform offers business functionality that allows companies to manage internal CSI campaigns and report on the impact their staff are having through these mechanics.

What’s in it for the Causes?
  • Any Cause can create a free profile on forgood; once a background check has been done to establish their credibility, the profile goes live.
  • Causes can create a needs for time, goods or a required service.
  • Causes can receive and respond to Offers that interest them.

Forgood social links:
Facebook - /forgoodSA
Twitter - @forgoodSA