Your Old Laptop Can Bring Change In Enormous Ways

So I just got off the phone with Becky Morrison, the founder of Globetopsan organization that receives your unused old laptop, cleans ’em up and sends them to social entrepreneurs in remote or technologically-deficient parts of the world. Maybe this sounds trivial, but as an active member of humanitarian organizations, I can tell you that it isn’t being done until someone is doing it. – And who better to start it, than a natural globe trotter.

It came quite naturally, I had a good friend in Guinea who asked that I bring him back a laptop next visit. At first I thought it was a little excessive, being that laptops can run hundreds of dollars, so I threw up a request for someones old laptop on facebook and within a few minutes had 10 responses. This is how Globetops was born.

– Becky Morrison

And lets face it, these days most “old laptops” are just laptops that you were too lazy to fix so instead you got a newer one. It would be a shame to keep such a powerful tool desolate in a shaded part of your home.

Over the last few years Becky has been creating friendships with grassroots, social entrepreneurs in Guinea, Nepal, India and even in her very own backyard of New York City. She finds people who have a real need for laptops, uploads their interviews, and donors choose which reality to help manifest.


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“Having a computer will allow me to digitize school records and better manage my students; allowing us to track growth and progress. Using a computer will allow me to safe guard our administrative documents while reducing our environmental impact. I will also train our secretary on how to use the computer making her a more valuable asset to the school.”  -Mariama Bangoura, Principal of Primary School, Kindia, Guinea
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She was laptopped by Adam Reid from Brooklyn, NY
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Zamo Sidibe ranked 34th in the country out of 20k students who took the Guinea Baccalaureate College entrance exam. In order to pursue a masters degree in International Relations, an anonymous donor donated his spare DELL.
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“With my donated laptop from Globetops, I will establish support groups for mothers of incarcerated persons and those who have lost loved ones to gun violence. This support group is for everyone and anyone who needs a space to grieve and discuss gun violence. I will be able to enlist the help of public advocates and generate much needed support in the fight against gun violence.” – Arnita Brockington, Harlem NY

Globetops doesn’t just serve to deliver these precious boxes of opportunity directly in the hands of those who need it most – helping them realize their dreams and passions. They also hold a moral responsibility to ensuring the system is harmonious and sustainable with our ecosystem.  Globetops created Hubs in Guinea responsible for:

  1. Laptop Pickup
  2. Laptop Training
  3. Laptop Maintenance
  4. Laptop Recycling 

Laptop Recycling is difficult but a priority for Globetops.

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In 2012 the global recycling rate was still under 30%. There’s lots of room for improvements to be made, I’m going to start now! To begin considering the full experience of my purchases; first there’s a barter, then periods of use, then … we know what’s right.

Tools are essential, but without knowledge or experience, they are useless.

-Becky Morrison

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So try to remember the first time you used a computer, and how it leapfrogged your ability to create, connect and learn. Extending this ability to our brothers and sisters, particularly the ones working for social and ecological development, will allow them to go beyond being sustainable. It will give them and their communities the opportunity to thrive.

Don’t let your old laptop collect dust, visit

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