As the founder and executive director of The Human Utility, Tiffani Ashley Bell believes in the power of code and technology to positively impact people's lives.

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The United States has a water problem. Specifically, it's expensive, and sometimes something as simple as a leaky toilet can cause water bills to skyrocket. Wanting to do something to help people retain access to running water, Tiffani Ashley Bell founded The Human Utility (nee, Detroit Water Project), a not-for-profit that enables donors to pay outstanding water bills for people in Detroit with the click of a button. Since then, Bell has extended her organization's reach to many different cities in Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida.

Bell earned a bachelor of science in computer science from Howard University and a master of science in management from Stanford University. She was also a Technology & Democracy Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School.

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Imagination: Notes from Session 10 of TED2022

April 14, 2022

The wondrous, expansive, absurd creativity of humanity was on full display at Session 10 of TED2022, which featured seven brilliant speakers, one deeply beautiful and imaginative performance and a much-needed comedic interlude. The event: Talks from Session 10 of TED2022, hosted by TED’s Helen Walters When and where: Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at the Vancouver […]

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