Last night I was the guest on HR Happy Hour, a weekly online radio show about issues facing human resources departments in corporate America. The topic was “Taking Wellness Social,” and we talked about how a social approach can help solve some of the biggest challenges facing health care today. Click below to listen to the show.
Nearly one billion people in the world lack access to clean drinking water, resulting in a host of well-known and deadly health issues. The good news is that the problem of how to affordably and easily sanitize water has largely been solved. The real challenge lies in how to distribute these technologies to the people who need them most, and more importantly, how to shift local culture to value these purification systems and the life-long benefits they provide for health and productivity. A team of brilliant Brown students has decided to tackle the adoption challenge through a company called WaterWalla (Hindi for “one who sells/delivers water”). What’s unique about WaterWalla is that instead of trying to develop yet another filtration system, they’re designing innovative marketing and distribution strategies to spread existing water sanitation technologies. And while most clean water initiatives have focused on rural areas, WaterWalla is targeting urban slums in India, like this one that was featured in the movie Slumdog Millionaire. I’ve met several members of the team, and I can tell you that this is definitely one promising socially-focused startup to keep your eye on in 2011.
Registration for Shape Up RI 2011 has begun! Our message this year is simple: “You Belong In Shape Up RI.” That’s because no matter where you fall on the spectrum of healthy living, this program can help you succeed, and empower you to help your friends, family, and colleagues achieve their best health in 2011. Join our team of 50,000 Rhode Islanders who are working together to transform the health of our community.
This is a must-read three-part series written byMark Susterabout the past history of online social networking (think way back to CompuServe, AOL, Geocities, Yahoo groups), the current situation and dominant trends (Facebook, Twitter, mobile, location-based services), and where we appear to be heading in the future (social graph portability, topical networks, 3rd party tools, layers, organization). Whether you’re a technology entrepreneur, social media addict, or you just care about what’s going on in the world around you, these articles are worth your time.
Shape Up The Nationis finally starting to capture the attention of the mainstream media! While I’m a strong believer that entrepreneurs must avoid getting high on their own press at all costs, I am excited about any new opportunities, connections, and relationships that may come from this prominent coverage. One of my friends remarked that of all the stories that have ever been written about us, this one seemed to best capture the essence of what we’re doing and the giant vision that we are working toward. I agree. I think we’re getting better at telling our story. Let me know what you think. Read the full article here: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/217555
I'm an entrepreneur and medical student in Providence, Rhode Island. Things I'm passionate about include wellness, prevention, design, social networking, and startups. I've parlayed those interests into two organizations, Shape Up The Nation and Shape Up RI.