Addressing the impact of COVID-19
15 April 2020 - Cathy Xiao Chen

While we work from the safety of our homes, our generation is facing an unprecedented challenge. No doubt you’ve been following the news, and you have seen how far the impact of COVID-19 has reached in the last few weeks. While some sectors are facing more difficulties than others, local communities and the private sector are showing leadership in this time of crisis through solidarity for those who are affected.

Looking to China to understand the economic impact of the outbreak, we can see that a new normal is taking shape as companies begin their operations again. When the curve flattens, our next challenge will be to restore both lives and livelihoods. Despite the harsh realities that we face at Impact Hub Stockholm, we have chosen to engage with the current challenge head-on by offering our support to those who are working on tackling the social impact of COVID-19.

I want to take this time to highlight some of the amazing people in our network who are contributing their resources for the common good. If you have the opportunity, you can help by lifting them up and sharing their efforts with your colleagues and friends. And if there’s anything that you need, please reach out to us to let us know. We may be separated by distance, but we are all in this together, and it will take all of us to overcome the challenges that we face.

In light of Zoom facing a global backlash for multiple privacy incidents, Junaid Joosani has developed an encrypted and secure video chat service. With over 90,000 users and seeing growth of over 10,000 users in just 3 days, Junaid is now building a team to refine the service further to rival companies like Zoom.

Together with top digital agency BVA, Findify sponsored Virtual Commerce alongside ecommerce players including Shopfy, Yotpo and Klarna. The conference highlighted market insights from China to help business leaders understand the impact of COVID-19.

Watch the sessions here.

Amref Flying Doctors Sverige is one of the first organizations to receive funding from Action Against Corona led by Norrsken Foundation and Dagens Industri. Amref will be supported with 600,000 SEK to implement Leap MHealth Platform in Kenya – a digital solution to reduce the risk of pandemics.

Read more here!

SVT has now increased news broadcasts from an average of 12 to 50 per week. Språkkraft is working closely with SVT to make news of national importance more accessible with subtitles via SVT Play. To keep Sweden informed, press conferences from the government and public health authorities can be viewed here.

Coompanion Stockholm is offering free business development consultations to freelancers, social entrepreneurs and cooperative organizations that are looking to find new business opportunities in this time of crisis. All sessions are now online and can be booked via the website.

Andreas Sjöstedt is developing a workshop to be held in Taiwan and online, as well as an app for collaboration to help people connect as they need. With the crisis highlighting the fragility of supply chains, his workshop will focus on circularity. He is looking for a Flutter Developer, someone to create APIs for 3D model calculations and funding opportunities. Contact Andreas.

Cathy Xiao Chen is advising Save The Chefs – a nonprofit subscription service for those in quarantine to have restaurant meals delivered from Fotografiska and Paul Taylor Lanthandel to keep chefs employed at a time when thousands of hospitality workers face unemployment. For those who live in Stockholm, you can register your interest here.

Are you working on an initiative to address the social impact of coronavirus? Are you looking for support to help you scale your solution around the world? Would you benefit from growing your network of social entrepreneurs? Right now we’re offering 30% off the first 3 months of Membership for anyone who is addressing the social challenges presented by coronavirus. Get connected with social enterprises around the world and learn from the 17,000 changemakers in our network.

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