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HotTopics Announces Charity Partnership with Good Things Foundation to Bridge the Digital Divide
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Empowering Communities through Digital Inclusion and Purposeful Change

We believe in the power of community, connecting leaders, and inspiring action to build a better tomorrow. That is why we have partnered with Good Things Foundation, the UK's foremost digital inclusion charity. With our global community of over 18,000 executives, we are committed to fostering purposeful change.

This strategic collaboration aims to tackle the pressing issue of the digital divide, exacerbated by the cost of living crisis and rapid technological advancements. Through a series of fundraising initiatives, repurposing devices for social good, community events, and thought leadership content, we seek to foster greater digital inclusion.


Addressing the Digital Divide


In the UK, the digital landscape is marked by stark contrasts. While technology advances at a rapid pace, millions are left behind due to lack of access, confidence, and essential skills. Approximately 2.4 million people cannot afford their mobile phone contracts, and over 8.5 million adults lack basic digital skills. Good Things Foundation, with its extensive network of over 5,000 community partners, is dedicated to bridging this gap by providing digital skills training and support to those in need.

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A Partnership for Change


"We are excited to partner with Good Things Foundation to address the digital divide," said Doug Drinkwater, Editorial and Strategy Director at HotTopics. "In today's digital age, access to technology and digital skills is more crucial than ever. Through our partnership, we aim to raise awareness, drive meaningful change, and empower individuals and communities alike."


Our partnership with Good Things Foundation will encompass several impactful initiatives:

  • Fundraising Campaigns: We will collaborate with Good Things Foundation on fundraising campaigns to support the "Fixing The Digital Divide" initiative.
     
  • Reusing IT Equipment for Social Good: We encourage our members to donate their used IT equipment to the National Device Bank, operated by Good Things Foundation. This initiative not only reduces electronic waste but also provides refurbished devices to those who need them most. Recycling initiatives will also be available to our members globally, through Good Things Foundation’s charity partners worldwide.
     
  • Community Events: Together with Good Things Foundation, we will organize community events focused on digital inclusion, education, and awareness-raising. These events will provide valuable resources and support to individuals seeking to improve their digital skills.

    Through these initiatives, we aim to create a more inclusive digital landscape, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to thrive in an increasingly digital world. This partnership exemplifies how collaboration between leading organizations can drive meaningful change and set the agenda for purposeful transformation in society.
Helen Milner - Good things Foundation

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to thrive in today's digital world. Through our partnership with HotTopics, we are confident that we can make significant strides towards bridging the digital divide and creating a more inclusive society.

Helen Milner, CEO, Good Things Foundation

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We are excited to partner with Good Things Foundation to address the digital divide. In today's digital age, access to technology and digital skills is more crucial than ever. Through our partnership, we aim to raise awareness, drive meaningful change and empower individuals and communities alike.

Doug Drinkwater, Editorial and Strategy Director at HotTopics.

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