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Tech for Good Live

Shiny Falling Knives

  • S15E5
  • 46:24
  • May 5th 2022

Hello and welcome back to yet another episode of the tech for good live podcast. It’s a podcast where a bunch of mates get together and talk about using technology to have a positive impact on people and planet. 

In this week's show we talk about e-scooters. Are they an illegal form of transport meeting an unmet need in society, or are they the one thing even more embarrassing than running a podcast about tech for good?

In a shocking turn of events, Amazon continues to be what we’ve come to expect of Amazon and workers rights. What next you ask? They’re apparently hiding workplace injury figures by getting staff to work "light duties" for nonprofits. And some boffins have realized that video calls can curb creativity.

Joining host Dama Sathianathan we have TFGL team members Bex Rae-Evans, Greg Ashton and Producer Paul.

Our special guest this week is Max Wilson, founder of Spokesafe, who provide cyclists, couriers, delivery drivers, scooter riders and everyone in between with access to a network of secure places to park.

Discussed in this episode:

Stat of the week 

Despite being illegal to use in the UK, 1 million e-scooters have been sold since 2018:  

‘I know they’re exciting – but calm down!’ Britain’s love-hate affair with the e-scooter - The Guardian 

Charity news of the week

Amazon hides workplace injury figures by getting staff to work "light duties" for nonprofits:

Amazon accused of using charity work scheme to conceal warehouse incident rates - Engadget

Charity digital skills survey 2022 is live!

Take the survey here 

Tech news of the week

Peer reviewed report finds video calls curb creativity:

Virtual communication curbs creative idea generation - Nature

 Does Zoom doom creativity in the workplace? - Protocol

 Hopin: virtual events start-up struggles as real gatherings return - FT


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