What is the problem?
Exclusionary practices among service providers create barriers for people to achieve basic goals in health, social support, housing, education, employment and well-being.
- Wheelchair users may be able to access a building, but the attitude of staff inside often forms the greatest barrier for people with disabilities to conduct business.
- Trans people are often turned away by staff at entertainment establishments or job interviews on the basis of their appearance.
- Persistent stigma against people living with HIV means they are often denied care at clinics, dentists and hospitals despite the duty of health professionals to provide care to all.
Thanks to support from Ashoka Philippines, Levi Strauss Foundation, United Nations Development Programme and USAID we have conducted field research since 2012.
We gathered data from across Southeast Asia and the developing world by tapping knowledge from our network of more than 80,000 grassroots followers around the globe.
Imagine an app that makes the world a more inclusive place.
A tool that helps you discover and rate health, social support, education, housing, employment and other services on the basis of inclusiveness. Imagine a platform that’s built on an inclusion algorithm to produce human rights data that motivates businesses, governments and civil society to improve.
We successfully raised more than $25,000 USD through a crowdfunding campaign in mid 2016 thanks for support from people at the grassroots and corporate supporters Archion Architects and Hillmarks Construction Company. This enabled us to forge a partnership with Javasparks - a full-stack technology company head-quartered in Manila.
In November 2016, we were thrilled to learn that Brand Union Singapore - an international creative agency and member of the WPP communications group - considered our app initiative to be a worthwhile project to invest time and energy.
In 2017 we took a very early prototype and push it to its limits. We conducted intense face-to-face usability tests and focus group discussions among people with disabilities, LGBT people and people living with HIV in Cebu, Manila and Singapore.
With renewed support from Levi Strauss Foundation we also begun research to learn how data from our app can effectively contribute to consumer redress and human rights processes. The United Nations Development Programme continue to provide us with technical assistance in our research.
We are now the road to deliver a beta-version by mid-2017 will be publicly available to users around the world who can help us test and improve.
Our app is grounded with wisdom from diverse people who’ve faced exclusion all their lives
We have expanded our app to serve people with disabilities, youth, seniors, immigrants, refugees, ethnic, racial and indigenous minorities as well as LGBTI.
As the world gets increasingly connected it is also becoming more polarised. Finding places where inclusion is real - where people can be themselves - is a matter of safety. This is exactly what BE does; such an app could save lives.
Your support can help us connect more people to inclusive health, social support, education, housing and employment services with data from our app. We have an urgent need for financial support and in-kind contributions that can help us continually improve our app platform can serve the needs of more people around the globe.