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The Digital Transformation: What Truly New and What Not

Information flows endlessly; new media platforms emerge, while traditional solutions adapt and grow. Is this the flow of digital transformation? Not necessarily. Genuine innovation often takes time to emerge, arising from the possibilities unlocked by new media, possibilities that were once unimaginable.

Thinking that a blog post is simply an article, a YouTube video is a TV episode, and a podcast is akin to a radio show misses the mark. The real magic happened when these familiar formats transformed into something entirely fresh, something that had never been thought possible before.

So, what are these truly groundbreaking solutions?

Consider the realm of multiplayer online games, where you can gather a team of players from all corners of the globe, embarking on quests, battling foes, or joining forces with other teams. Think about the immersive peer-to-peer travel experiences offered by Airbnb hosts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, let's redirect our focus to the world of social impact and humanitarian projects. Are we genuinely pioneering groundbreaking solutions, or are we merely dressing up familiar, age-old concepts in a digital disguise?

Online donations, at first glance, might appear to be a digital replica of traditional philanthropy — akin to "money in the collection plate." Yet, with blockchain technology, the ability to provide direct, verifiable aid through confirmed transactions and traceable assistance has ushered in a new era of direct giving.

But are mental health chatbots merely interactive digital versions of self-help books?

Is participatory decision-making on platforms like Decidim merely a digital adaptation of gathering in a marketplace or a pub to discuss community matters?

It seems that there are not too many real innovations in the humanitarian sector.

What we're exploring at Reshim.org:

  • Transforming the concept of continuous volunteering into bite-sized, engaging tasks. Complete in just 20 minutes, right from your smartphone—think of it more like a game.

  • Making the launch of humanitarian projects feel less like a Herculean task and more like a series of challenges—attainable endeavors, each with a clear path to tangible results.

  • Creating a space for collaborative problem-solving, tackling significant societal issues—like the ongoing war and its far-reaching consequences.

We are eager to learn about more groundbreaking solutions to widen this picture, so feel free to share!

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