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Daniel Ben-Horin
Mr. Ben-Horin created TechSoup Global (as "CompuMentor") in 1987 by tapping volunteer resources on the WELL, one of the first online communities. Over the past twenty-six years, he guided TechSoup Global's evolution from a small, local nonprofit to a globally respected entity with over 190 employees and a budget of US$28 million. TechSoup Global now provides technology information to individuals and organizations in more than 112 countries, and, through its global network of capacity-building NGOs, has managed product donations to more than 213,000 organizations. TechSoup Global has distributed more than 14.1 million software and hardware product donations and enabled recipients to save more than US$4.4 billion in IT expenses to date. Currently, as Founder and Chief Instigator, Ben-Horin focuses on creating new opportunities for corporate, foundation, and nonprofit partners around the globe to optimize their social benefit impact by utilizing TechSoup Global's channel, resources, and relationships. He speaks and writes frequently on issues related to the underserved's access to technology. Ben-Horin has received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN) and Ashoka has named Ben-Horin as one of its Senior Fellows. On four occasions, he has been named by the Nonprofit Times to its annual list of the 50 most influential leaders in the U.S. nonprofit sector.

Entries by Daniel Ben-Horin

Hey Cabbies, Apps Are Cheap!

(4) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 11:02 AM

I threatened in a recent post to write more about how the Sharing Economy and the social sector could, in some fashion, enhance each other. But ever since, the more I've read and thought about it, the more frustrated I've felt...
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The Inbox of Our Lives

(6) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 2:40 PM

The diabolization of email has to stop. Hear me stamping my tiny foot.


We, the worldly, have learned to discard postal direct mail unopened. It would seem like email is heading in the same direction. It is castigated at every turn. Various...

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Kenya Balancing Act: Human Rights, Civil Society, Neo-Colonialism, and Democracy

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 7:08 PM


What are we to make of Uhuru Kenyatta's (and his fellow International Criminal Court (ICC) indictee, William Ruto's) recent election to the highest offices in Kenya? Many in the West consider the two to be warlords in suits, whose ignorant tribesmen followers...

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"A New World Arising" - A Participant's Reflections on ReStart Romania

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 7:38 PM


Back in December, I reported on ReStart Romania, which challenged Romanians to develop web-based projects to combat corruption and open up government.

Restart Romania not only generated approximately 990,000 impressions across online media, 220,000 hits, 145 projects, and seven finalists who...

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New Olympic Competition: Hacking the Olympics

(2) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 6:52 PM

The 2012 Olympics are going to get hacked. We're about to see what happens when an irresistible force -- angry teched-up people linked by social media -- collides with an immovable object -- the corporatized branding colossus known as the...

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Timothy Mo Is Missing: Thoughts on SOPA, Creativity, and True Fans

(2) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 1:44 PM

In 1982, 1986, and 1991, Timothy Mo was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, which means he was widely considered to have written one of the dozen best novels in the U.K. and all the commonwealth countries in each of those years. As serious fiction writers go, he was...

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Beyond The Easter Bunny: Ambassador Sparks Open Government Web Challenge

(2) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 8:00 AM

It's a bit of a stretch to make Mark Gitenstein, U.S. Ambassador to Romania, a poster child for technology-fueled activism, but I'm going to take a whack at it.

Nothing in Gitenstein's long and illustrious Beltway resumé augurs social media canonization. A more obvious poster child...

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The Kids Are Alright: Campus Party, Silicon Valley Tech Festival Rocks NASA

(6) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 2:02 PM

Paco Ragageles is not concerned with looking the part of a global entrepreneur who has created the biggest techno-social phenomenon that no one in the U.S. has ever heard of. Forty going on 20, short, in jeans, with three days stubble, his concern is raising $12M in ten...

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