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It’s been a year since we started featuring perspectives from talented people and organizations across the Bay Area on the BAIL blog. Hope you’ve enjoyed it! Thank you to everyone who has contributed.

Looking back at our posts, these six are by far the most widely read and shared. Check them out if you haven’t already!


  1. A Quick Taxonomy of International Jobs in the Bay Area by Brenna, Michael and Prairie (aka. BAIL)
  2. Child Labor, Unfair Wages and Worker Abuse: Old Problems Demand A New Solution by Kohl Gill (LaborVoices)
  3. The Global Killer App: Why we need to stop ignoring SMS by Alicia Levine (formerly Vital Wave Consulting and now with EveryLayer)
  4. Searching for an International Development Job in the Bay Area: 15 Tips and Lessons Learned by Kelly Doley (Inveneo)
  5. BAIL Banter: Perspectives from Bay Area Internationalists (Nozomi Witherspoon from
  6. Engaging the Global Commons by Dave Potter (formerly iEARN-USA and now with VIF International Education)



Featured December Events

Holiday season is here! What are you doing to discuss, debate and engage in December? Need some ideas? Here you go….

Please see our Events Calendar for a full listing of upcoming events across the Bay Area.

If you’re hosting events or know of any that we’ve missed, please submit them to our calendar (there’s a form just to the right of the calendar itself). You can also contact us if you have questions or difficulty submitting.

SF Human Rights Night 2014

Wednesday, December 10
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Co-sponsored by Bay Area International Link (BAIL), Amnesty InternationalHuman Rights Advocates and the International Justice Resource Center.
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Child Labor, Unfair Wages and Worker Abuse: Old Problems Demand A New Solution

By: Kohl Gill

This past July, Samsung found out that one of its Chinese suppliers had employed five children through a subcontractor. Samsung suspended business with that supplier quickly, but weeks later quietly reinstated the supplier with a lower volume production. Such a disruption can cost a business millions in lost productivity — not to mention the resources, time and money spent in reputation management to distance your multinational’s brand image from child labor. No one wants to buy a phone made by children. Read more

mWomen: Where Mobile Tech and Women Intersect

By: Kate DiMercurio

If you’re active on Twitter you’ve probably come across the hashtag #mWomen. mWomen is a new tagline referring to mobile tools and programs centered on the needs of women, usually those living in developing countries.  Typical mWomen projects involve:

  • Woman_on_cellPromoting literacy and educational opportunities for girls and women through targeted SMS messages.
  • Improving access to health services and providing useful tips and advice to pregnant women, new mothers and families affected by HIV/AIDS or other communicable and non-communicable diseases alike through mobile channels.
  • Targeting female entrepreneurs, small business owners, and agricultural workers with relevant market information, up-to-date prices, weather reports, tips and advice for expanding their business or improving productivity.

For mWomen programs to take off, we need more women to be connected to the technology. At this time, roughly 300 million fewer women than men own mobile phones. This digital gender gap is greatest in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia; and it is a problem that development community and mobile operators alike must address.

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The Global Killer App: Why we need to stop ignoring SMS

By: Alicia Levine

Messaging has been a hot topic lately in Bay Area tech news, coffee shops, and SoMa bars.

          “What’s Facebook up to now that they’ve bought WhatsApp and poached the head of PayPal?”

          “How does this messaging app ‘Yo’ work, and why the heck does it deserve so much press?”

          “What’s up with this mesh messaging thing? Messaging without internet sounds weird…”

These days, most of the tech community is enamored by snazzy new Internet-based, over-the-top (OTT) messaging applications, seeking the next “killer app” of messaging. But many of these apps focus on messaging as a form of entertainment or play. Like Snapchat, which was launched to make messaging ephemeral and fun, most of these apps require users to have smartphones and high-speed connections to download and use the apps. While these newfangled messaging applications appeal to markets in the US and developed nations, there are a smaller number of application developers thinking more globally – particularly those who are looking at innovative ways to use messaging to positively impact society. Instead of developing new messaging applications, they’re pushing the limits on an existing messaging technology. Many of those more globally-oriented organizations see the killer global messaging app as one that’s been staring at us all for years: SMS (Simple Messaging Service).

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