This paper offers an in-depth analysis of how technology emerged in stories of success from interviews with Red Cross/Red Crescent (RCRC) humanitarian aid workers named for doing good work. Our findings reveal that in these contexts, technology exists, for the practitioners, much like a language - diverse according to environment, culture and skill. As such, practitioners' core mission to effectively identify and communicate the needs of communities among stakeholders and throughout different organizational levels drives innovation. The environment demands innovations by practitioners to ensure the transfer of information, and it's embedded meaning, is bridged across disparate technological modes and information systems. We found a common problem-solving perspective toward work, awareness of gaps in the flow of meaning and information across stakeholders, along with multi-modal, multi-cultural and interpersonal fluencies active where innovations occur. When empowered with the autonomy to adapt tools, successful practitioners are able to support the effective transfer of meaning across cultures, organizational perspective and technological environments. Ultimately, these findings enhance our understanding of the use of technology in humanitarian work. It provides insights for ways to maximize technology effectiveness and reconsider the focus of design beyond the technology alone, and instead calls for a socio-material approach acknowledging technology as part of a larger, more complex system of systems.