Twitter Roundup – October 22: Dollars for Docs, Kiva goes domestic, and the DoE tells you how to save energy at home
Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week:
Investigative journalism outfit ProPublica (@ProPublica) made strides toward forcing more transparency in the healthcare industry this week, releasing a feature called “Dollars for Docs.” A team of journalists collected information on drug companies’ contributions to doctors over the last two years and put it in a database, showcasing myriad conflicts of interest. You can see the effects of the report spreading. We’re looking forward to gauging reactions from drug companies over the coming weeks. Check out the investigation here.
This week Kiva (@Kiva) received a $1 million grant from Visa to expand Kiva’s microloan offerings on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The microloans will be aimed at individuals whose businesses were affected by the natural and man-made disasters that have ravaged the area in recent years. Kiva loans have traditionally targeted business owners in other countries. It will be interesting to watch how this domestic expansion fares. Check it out on their blog.
Replenish (@myReplenish) is a new product released this week that makes the packaging and distribution of cleaning products less wasteful and more reusable. Their bottles of multipurpose cleaners (in three scents) include a “pod” of concentrate. You simply squeeze the concentrate into the bottle, fill with water, and use it. The product refills four times — for $7.99 (shipping included). Replenish sold out its first run, but it should be replenished soon. Read about it here.
OK, this was technically last week, but it’s too good not to pass up. The Department of Energy (@Energy) opened up to questions from American citizens through email, Twitter, and Facebook. The result is this neat (though long) video of Secretary of Energy Steven Chu answering questions about energy efficiency in our homes. It’s a helpful effort by a government agency looking to connect with people through social media. And some good advice was dispensed. Worth your time.
Did you come across any other notable #socent tweets this week? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @dowserDOTorg.