At the risk of reiterating an old adage, technology has transformed everything, from how we shop to where we eat. But Smarta has been struck this week by the impact technology has had on the speed - and creativity - with which we donate as well.
A great example of this is the response to a suggestion by a UK tech blog that businesses rally forth in the name of charity. TechCrunch Europe editor Mike Butcher wrote a post this morning suggesting Tech businesses donate whatever they can to the cause of Haiti earthquake survivors.
The response was immediate. While start-up businesses are generally a bit strapped for cash to give directly, they've been creative with their donations: one business has donated all the money from the cloakroom at an event it is holding, while another is donating video conferencing to aid organisations and yet another is building a team of wireless engineers to help re-establish communications for relief agencies.
We're so impressed by these actions, we're collecting your stories on how you are contributing to the Haiti relief effort, which we will publish soon to inspire others to do the same - so get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your stories.
Don't forget to donate to the DEC appeal.