An organization that gives low-income families the tools to improve their lives by bringing them access to technology.
One Economy is a multi-national nonprofit organization created to be a catalyst for innovation and change. Recognizing the lack of access to technology in the new age of information, One Economy attempts to bring this access into the homes of low-income people around the country to connect them to information and tools they can use to build assets and improve their lives. One Economy provides broadband services to low-income individuals and allows them to connect with one another at their multilingual website: the Beehive.
Nuts and Bolts:
- Launched in 2001, the Beehive is a website that was created to connect low-income people to user-friendly information and resources that matter most to them: health, jobs, money, education, and family.
- The site provides multilingual content (in English and Spanish with specific content sections in additional languages such as Chinese and Hmong) at a literacy level that the targeted audience can use and understand.
- One Economy has developed 25 localized versions which provide area-specific information. Additionally, The Beehive also offers a free, easy to use e-mail service called BeeMail, available in English and Spanish.
- One Economy has 45 employees plus a number of interns. With an extensive outreach of 11 local offices and over 200 partners who all assist in identifying the specific on-site issues of importance to their communities. Some of their most notable corporate partners include: Google, The Brookings Institute, AT&T and Starbucks, among a host of others.
- The local One Economy offices implement a Beehive outreach program through hands-on training sessions and marketing events conducted by youth technology advocates known as "Digital Connectors." "Digital Connectors" are also located in various local One Economy offices.
- Other campaigns such as "The Sweet Life," which has been implemented in Chicago, includes posters in buses and bus stops, and giveaway postcards.
- The Beehive now receives more than 300,000 unique visitors a month, over 70% of whom come from zip codes in the lowest income census tracts.
- 8,320 people learned about and took action to file for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on the Beehive during the 2005 tax season.
- 57,000 kids a month use the Beehive for homework help during the school year.
- In the last year, over 20,000 people created and saved business plans on the Entrepreneurs Center on the Beehive. (This was highlighted in an article in The Wall Street Journal.)