23 free online tools to help you change the world

Love is all you need, according to the Beatles

Some say that money makes the world go round. Freegans , the Beatles, and I beg to differ… I’m with the Fab Four: all you need is love.

Ok, so most people still need some money.

This need for basic funds is especially apparent than when one is starting a community initiative or social change project – while rich in passion and dreams of making a difference, many of us are simply short of cash (at least in the beginning).

Fret no more, cash-strapped idealists. For I hereby present you with links to 23 free online tools to help you get your social venture started:

Be inspired

Get some free inspiration by listening to TED talks or free podcasts from iTunes about other people who are pushing the limits and working to make a better world.

Is your brain clutter something like this? Evernote can help

Get organised

If you need help to collect the clutter of ideas and thoughts about your project in one place and want to organise it into useable information that can be accessed wherever you are, check out Evernote. A basic account is free.

Business time

Once you’re ready to kick off your project, you need to be professional about it. Unfortunately, business software tends to be expensive. Luckily there are a multitude of free software options available online:

Getting online

Getting the message out about what you are doing and engaging others in your cause will be essential. Many websites provide free blogs which will allow you to set up a simple and interactive online presence. Try WordPress, Blogger, or Tumblr.

Keeping in touch

Love to chat? Your phone bill needn't cost you an arm and a leg

Communication is also important when you are setting up your business. Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and many others provide free email accounts. If you want to get fancy you can create an email address using your own website domain, although there is a charge associated with this.

Phone for free with Skype. It’s free to download and provides free voice and video calls between online users, very cheap international call rates to landlines, and free conference calling and instant messaging. You can also set up voicemail and link your account to a landline phone number for a small fee.

Meeting face-to-face

Finally, meeting other like-minded people is a great way to keep momentum and spring-board your project to new heights. Free websites such as Meetup and Idealist can help get you in touch with other people in your community who are passionate about your cause.

If you know of any other free tools and software that may be useful to social changers like us, please post your suggestions in the comments.

Good luck in your social adventures and Merry Christmas to you all!

(Great big thanks to the fabulous Carlo Diy for providing the inspiration for this post and recommending many of the tools on the list)


About Cassandra

Hi, I'm Cassandra. I work in fundraising, love travelling, and am fascinated by how we can inspire one another to greatness and spread human kindness. Connect with me on twitter @cassandra_nz


  1. I love this post – life is about the exchange of information, ideas – ourselves. That is actually what the “good economy” is about – rich, people intense exchanges, so thank you for prompting ideas about how to do it. P.S. It is fun following a blog, the only one I do!

  2. Thanks Niki, glad you’re enjoying the posts. I agree that life is better when we freely exchange ideas and information – that is why I love your book’s free distribution model (post pending) :-)

  3. Ah! Cassandra, you are fantastic! It sounds like we have a very similar frame of mind with regards to helping this world. I am so glad you stumbled upon my blog, so I could also find yours. I will be reading!

    • Yes, I think we are two peas in a pod (so to speak). Thanks for visiting and I’m so glad you like it – come by anytime, for a coffee and a chat (or maybe just a read and a comment, haha).

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