A New Kind of Social Entrepreneurship

In July, I went to Indonesia to meet one of the world’s leading experts on wild orangutans.  Since 1971, Dr. Birute Galdikas has been struggling to maintain her population of 6,000 wild orangutans in a national park in Borneo.  Her staff of 220 mans guard posts and feeding stations throughout the park, educates the local population on the value of the rain forest and maintains an orangutan rehabilitation facility containing 330 baby and juvenile orangutans.

Tech Networks has created a new program to help Dr. Galdikas protect orangutans and their rain forest habitat.   The program is called Hutan, which means “forest” in Indonesian.  The word Orangutan in Indonesian literally means, “people of the forest.”  Our goal is to raise $50,000 for Dr. Galdikas’ non-profit, Orangutan Foundation International,  by the end of 2009.  20 percent of the gross receipts of the Hutan program will go directly to Orangutan Foundation International.

Although this form of social entrepreneurship is a new concept for IT services, it has worked in other industries, such as Dancing Deer Baking Company’s Sweet Home program. We are looking for companies and non-profit organizations who would like to cut costs, increase the quality of their IT service, and green their IT infrastructure to participate in this program.

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Founded in 1994, Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) delivers people-oriented IT support and care through service desk, remote monitoring and maintenance, staff augmentation, onsite support, strategic planning, training and project IT services to non-profits and businesses in greater Boston with a focus on non-profit health care and human service providers.

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