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Pakistan Flooding: Crowdsourcing Solutions

Rajan Pur, Punjab: An aerial view of flooded areas. | Photo by Mk Chaudhry/EPA (via The Guardian: Pakistan Floods: The Displaced and the Saved) Triggered by monsoon rains in late July, Pakistan has been experiencing its worst flooding since 1929. Rivers burst their banks and entire communities have been destroyed. More than 20 million people have been affected by the floods, which is more than the number of people affected by the 2005 South Asia tsunami, the 2005 South Asia earthquake and...


Crisis Commons, and the Challenges of Distributed Disaster Response

Heather Blanchard, Noel Dickover and Andrew Turner from Crisis Commons visited the Berkman Center Tuesday to discuss the rapidly growing technology and crisis response space. Crisis Commons, Andrew tells us, came in part from the recognition that the volunteers who respond to crises aren’t necessarily amateurs. They include first responders, doctors, CEOs...and lately, they include a lot of software developers. Recent technology “camps” – Transparency Camp, Government 2.0 Camp –...


FAILFaire: Sharing and Learning from Failures with a Sense of Humor

Logo (via MobileActive) MobileActive has invented a new model for non-profits to share failure-stories as a way to promote learning and future success: the FAILFaire. Christian Madera has the story at Next American City: Certainly learning about a new worthwhile web tool or project is exciting – especially when it offers lessons for how to do or replicate something similar elsewhere. Yet, for each new app or initiative that gets launched, I’d venture to guess there are probably dozens...


Airplanes, VPVs, Faith and Latent Networks

Earlier this week, I met with Evan Paul, a smart urban planner just out of a master’s program at MIT. He’s working with colleagues on a new idea – “Global Planning Partners,” a nonprofit intended to help urban planners in the North work with planners in developing world megacities. And while I love and respect projects like Dx1W that point to the challenges of asking students in the developed world to “solve” developing world problems, I think projects that connect professionals...


Traditional Knowledge: The ITKI and the Dilemmas of Sharing

I learn from Kris de Decker's excellent Low Tech Magazine that an International Traditional Knowledge World Bank (ITKI) has been launched. It's an ambitious effort to preserve, restore and promote the re-use of traditional skills and inventions from all over the world. Someone has done a lot of work to set this project up. There are well-considered lists and taxonomies; the site is filled with enticing graphic icons; and when you dig down for case studies, it is clear that some of the...


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The Polyglot Internet and Hummer Hating Websites

Looking back one, two and five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2009 New York Times on Social Translation Ethan Zuckerman discusses “the polyglot internet” and how human approaches to translation are important at a time when people around the world are creating online content in their native languages... 2008 No post for today! 2005 Rage Against the SUV While the raison d'etre of WorldChanging is to focus on the positive, I'm always susceptible to the charms of a good, non-violent,...


Obama for America's Lessons on Technology for Social Change

Michael Slaby, the chief technology strategist for TomorrowVentures, recently spoke at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Michael was the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) for “Obama for America,” which is sometimes described as “the most technologically advanced political campaign in history.” He quickly deflects this praise – “That’s true for every presidential campaign. A lot happens in four years. Unless you’re really not trying, you’re going...


Young People Negotiate Copenhagen Deal Using Google Wave

by Adam Vaughan The Global Youth Panel is a team of more than 1,000 young people from 140 countries analysing events in Copenhagen Among the millions of people scrutinising the final week of Copenhagen, more than a thousand of them will be analysing events using an particularly innovative online approach. The Global Youth Panel is a team of more than 1,000 young people from 140 countries who are using Google's much-hyped communication tool Wave to virtually collaborate on a climate...

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