4Apr

Changes: Volunteering Globally, Nationally and Locally

Volunteering is a gift. For the past year, I have been part of the CrisisCommons – Global Core Team as the co-lead of the Community Working Group. We grew the community from US, Canada, UK and New Zealand to other events and volunteers in Australia, France, Thailand, Belgium and others. I volunteered on efforts for Haiti, Chile, Pakistan, New Zealand and Japan. I contributed to the writing of the content for the CrisisCommons Sloan Foundation Grant, especially the city and project profiles.

A number of reports about Volunteer Technical Communities have been released in the past weeks. They really speak volumes about how each individual volunteer and group changed the world. I am proud to be part of all these movements. We are friends and partners in leadership and volunteerism.

Reports:

  • UN Foundation – Disaster Relief 2.0: The Future of Information Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery – Volunteer Technology Communities: Open Development

  • (picture by Tolmie Macrae).

    Today, I made the following announcement on the CrisisCommons global and CrisisCamp Toronto mailing lists:

    Morning everyone, Hope your weekend was grand.

    For the past year, I’ve been your CrisisCommons Global – Community Working Group co-lead. And, what an adventure it has been. I will be stepping down from this volunteer role effective April 4, 2011. With this change, I will transition my responsibilies to Chad Cataccchio, who is a co-lead of this group. He sent a call to action for the Community Working Group yesterday.

    One of the big lessons learned about CrisisCamps is preparedness. I believe in this community and will continue to volunteer as the CrisisCommons/CrisisCamp Canada lead and CrisisCamp Toronto lead.

    I am honoured and proud to have volunteered in this role. I will continue to play a part within the global community when and where I can.

    Thank you,

    Heather L.

    What’s next:

    I will continue to volunteer on a number of projects including:

  • Grow CrisisCamp Toronto and in Canada as well as support CrisisCommons global when I can.
  • Continued involvement in the Missing Persons Community of Interest Working Group, CrisisCommons.
  • Collaborating withUshahidi friends on the on mbfloods.ca and skfloods.ca initiatives
  • Organize and support Random Hacks of Kindness 3.0 for June 4/5, 2011.
  • Mapping the world with Stand By Task Force and CrisisMappers communities.
  • Fostering Mozilla Drumbeat projects. There is a real opportunity to connect Volunteer Technical Communities to projects within Drumbeat. For example, P2PU.org, Webmademovies and Universalsubtitles.com offer resources which could assist these global communities. But, mainly I am fan focused on the existing projects supporting an Open Web.
  • 20Mar

    Canadian Mappers Prepare for Spring Floods

    Ushahidi Mappers in Canada!

    (cross-posted on the Ushahidi blog)

    Be still my prairie girl heart. Laura Madison and Dale Zak spent the winter preparing for the Spring floods in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Extensive flooding is expected in both the Red River Valley and North/South Saskatchewan River regions. This is the first time that Ushahidi has been used to prepare and to report the Floods in Canada. In fact, both maps are the first time that full scale Ushahidi maps have been prepared as part of the citizen reporting and digital volunteer response in Canada. There are Canadian university classes learning Ushahidi and CrisisCamp Toronto conducted an Ushahid beta test in February 2011. Laura is very active in the Ushahidi and Stand-by Task Force communities. Dale is active in the Ushahidi team. Each of us has mapped events around the world. And, we are delighted to see mapping come home.

    How to help

    Ushahidi is an open source project. There are three types of help required: Mappers, Developers, and Digital Volunteers. Maps are community-driven crowdsourcing. In the coming weeks, the needs will change daily or hourly. This is the beauty and curse of volunteer digital response. Both leaders have been in contact with official responders. However, at this time, their efforts are for citizen response and collaboration.

    MBfloods and SKFloods maps allow for reports to be filed by webform, Ushahidi app, iphone, android, or email. Maps allow for various layers of useful open data to be added. People will be able to add news reports, pictures and videos. Maps evolve depending on the community use. So the needs will change over time. The work they have done is fantastic. Bring on the crowd! People are needed to file reports, coordinate mapping teams for about 2 weeks. Laura and Dale will be coordinating this adventure via Skype. I am sure that the great mapping communities may lend a hand. If you are an individual volunteer or are part of a volunteer technical community, please consider contacting:

    Contact Dale for Saskatchewan: skfloods AT gmail DOT com
    Contact Laura for Manitoba: mbfloods AT gmail DOT com
    Participate in the joint Skype channel: Add Laura (organization9) to get started.

    Types of help required:

    Preparedness
    Laura has added layers for the Manitoba RCMP and Manitoba First Nations. She would like to add more layers. Mappers most welcome to churn out KML/KMZ files. She also needs some PHP help and Ushahidi expertise.

    Volunteer Recruitment and Training
    Both maps will need digital volunteer teams to support the mapping. The types of content you will be adding is geo-location, media monitoring (mainstream, twitter, facebook), and handling the various streams of online reports (webform, apps and email.)

    About Ushahidi

    To learn more about Ushahidi, see recently released Ushahidi manual , created by the lovely crisismapper Anahi Ayala Iacucci. It outlines how to get started with Ushahidi and implement a successful deployment. Maps need people and process to work. This Ushahidi Practical Considerations is also very helpful.

    Feel free to contact me as well (heather at textontechs dot com) if you want more information or want to be connected to Dale or Laura.

    (Note: I am involved a friend, a Canadian, a serial volunteer and chronic Ushahidi mapper fan club member. This is not a CrisisCommons or CrisisCamp initiative.)

    Heather L.

    10Mar

    May the Stream Be With Us: My Virtual SXSW Sessions

    Virtual participation for geek, technical or social events helps the sting of not being able to attend in person. While it can’t completely fill the void of shared, human interaction, at least you can potentially watch a stream, catch a liveblog or even find a new person to follow who inspires you.

    photo by Tolmie Macrae

    South by South West – Interactive starts tomorrow. Every year I make a wish list of sessions that I would either attend or research. Then, I seek out the content and presenters before, during and after the events. It also gives me a chance to support some friends and thought leaders from afar. The list below is an eclectic mix of interests. There are folks from CrisisCommons, Ushahidi, OpenStreetMap, UN Global Pulse, Frontline SMS, Movements.org, NPR (Andy Carvin), Mozilla, P2PU, Toronto friends, and more. I know that I have missed some good people and welcome the tips. Also included are topics that perked my interest or topics that I know friends or family members research.

    As you can tell, I would need to be cloned multiple times over to virtually monitor all of these sessions. And, put the rest of my scheduled activities on hold. Most of the sessions have hashtags and might have streaming. Last year I was able to cobble participation together for 10 sessions. I am mainly following #sxswgood for my Technology-for-Social-Good @ SXSW fix.

    The Virtual SXSW Schedule (subject to whim and edits)

    Austin Time translator – all times in CST Standard time zone: UTC/GMT -6 hours
    (Note: DST starts on the weekend. On Sunday, switch to UTC/GMT -5 hours)

    What time is it for me?

    Friday, March 11, 2011

    14:00 Lessons Learned from the Arab Spring Revolutions – Susannah Vila (movements.org)

    14:00 Fireside Chat: Tim O’Reilly Interviewed by Jason Calacanis

    14:00 Rebooting Iceland: Crowdsourcing Innovation in Uncertain Times

    15:30 The Future of WordPress

    17:00 The Singularity is HERE (cousin’s research area)

    Saturday, March 12, 2011

    9:30 Putting the Public Back in Public Media Andy Carvin
    9:30 Federating the Social Web

    11:00 Agile Self-Development
    More details.

    11:00 We Are Browncoats: Leveraging Fan Communities for Charity Serenity!

    11:00 Seed & Feed: How to Cultivate Self-Organizing Communities (New Work City – for @camaraderie)

    11:00 Flattr w/Thingiverse, Readability, Demotix: Rewarding Creators and Crowdfunding
    #FlattrSXSW

    12:30 Time Traveling: Interfaces for Geotemporal Visualization

    12:30 Mobile Health in Africa: What Can We Learn?
    Josh Nesbitt Frontline SMS #AmHealth

    12:30 How Social Media Fueled Unrest in Middle East New York Times

    14:00 Keynote Simulcast: Seth Priebatsch Gaming!

    15:30 Humans Versus Robots: Who Curates the Real-Time Web?

    15:30 The Behavior Change Checklist. Down With Gamefication Aza Raskin

    15:30 Real World Moderation: Lessons from 11 Years of Community
    Metafilter

    15:30 Social Media Data Visualization: Mapping the World’s Conversations

    16:00 Sleeping at Internet Cafes: The Next 300 Million Chinese Users

    17:00 All These Worlds Are Yours: Visualizing Space Data

    17:00 Web Anywhere: Mobile Optimisation With HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript

    Sunday, March 13, 2011

    9:30 Radical Openness: Growing TED by Giving it Away

    9:30 One Codebase, Endless Possibilities: Real HTML5 Hacking

    11:00 Hacking the News: Applying Computer Science to Journalism

    11:00 The Future of Philanthropy: Social Giving Takes Off
    #socialgiving More Details

    12:30 Fail Big, Fail Often: How Fear Limits Creativity

    12:30 Influencers Will Inherit the Earth. Quick, Market Them! Sloane Berrett

    12:30 Urban Technology on the Dark Side

    15:30 Nonprofits and Free Agents in A Networked World Beth Kantor

    15:30 Paying with Data: How Free Services Aren’t Free (Privacy, NYT, Stanford)

    Monday, March 14

    9:30 Tweets from September 11 Schuyler Erle

    9:30 Method Tweeting for Non Profits (and Other Players) Geoff Livingston

    9:30 Machine Learning and Social Media

    11:00 SOS – Can Citizen Alerts Be Trusted? Patrick Meier, Chris Blow, Robert Kilpatrick and Karen Flavell

    11:00 Worst Website Ever II: Too Stupid to Fail

    11:00 The SINGULARITY: Humanity’s Huge Techno Challenge
    (My cousin’s research area)

    11:00 Naked Dating: Finding Love in 140 Characters or Less Melissa Smich and Jeremy Wright

    11:00 Cryptography, Technology, Privacy: Philip Zimmermann, Inventor of PGP

    12:30 NPR’s API: Create Once, Publish Everywhere

    15:30 Mozilla School of Webcraft @P2PU John Britton

    15:30 Voting: The 233-Year-Old Design Problem

    16:00 How to Offer Your Content in 100 Languages Featuring June Cohen of TED and Seth Bindernagel of Mozilla

    17:00 DIY Diplomacy: Designing Collaborative Gov Noel Dickover

    Tuesday, March 15

    11:00 Creating a Social Hackathon for the Good – Justice League Style

    12:30 Wikileaks: The Website That Changed the World?

    12:30 How Governments are Changing Where Big Ideas Happen Ian Kelso, Interactive Ontario

    15:00 Next Stage: Bike Hugger’s Built: A Series of Talks by People Who Create

    15:30 Interoperable Locations: Matching Your Places with My Places Kate Chapman

    15:30 The Wonderful Things in Internet of Things

    15:30 Techies Can Save the World, Why Aren’t They?

    17:00 Bruce Sterling, closing speaker

    17:00 Voices From The HTML5 Trenches: Browser Wars IV Mozilla, Google and more

    Brain infusion pending.

    Heather

    8Mar

    Models for Preparedness – CrisisCamp Toronto

    Cross-posted from CrisisCommons.org

    Crisiscamp Toronto is preparing. We’ve learned from the global CrisisCommons responses that we need to build relationships and capacity locally, provincially and nationally. Our core team is David Black (Emergency Management lead), Melanie Gorka (International Development and Projects lead), Brian Chick (Social Media Trainer and New Media lead) and myself (City Lead and Community hacker). Together, we’ve been running monthly events for the past year. Our unique mix of skills, networks and dedication to building is helping us grow our community. We are a sandbox for Preparedness CrisisCamps and for building community within your city.

    On Saturday, February 19, 2011, our second preparedness CrisisCamp was attended by 30 people. Some people were new faces while others attended previous CrisisCamp or Random Hacks of Kindness events. Our goals were to build a common sharing space and to build local CrisisCamp capacity emergency managers, software developers, journalists, new media, government and technical groups. We designed a program to recognize that people have different interests and gaps. The model also included cross-training, brainstorming, planning projects and community building.

    Event Highlights:

    • In the morning, we held three simultaneous sessions: Social Media 101 (Brian Chick), Emergency Management 101 (Patrice Cloutier, Jason Redlarski, and David Black) and GIS/Mapping 101 (Richard Weait and Kristina MacKinnon).
    • We welcomed participants from the Ontario government and Toronto Police. This is the first time we have ever had Canadian officials attend a full CrisisCamp event. Canadian officials are slowly becoming interested in this space as we continue to outreach with the help from some early leaders. Evolving national and local communities is one of our core goals this year. We were delighted to have them join us.
    • Richard Weait of OpenStreetMap provided us an Introduction OSM and some individual training.
    • George Chamales, Konpa Group, offered to give a spontaneous one hour presentation via skype from Haiti. He provided a great overview and mentorship for our community. Some of his topics were: What is Ushahidi? What were some of the emergency/crisis response deployments of the past year? What are the best practices? Lessons learned? George also provided some feature requests for our developers to brain on and answered some technical questions. One of the requests was completed during the camp.
    • Sara Farmer, Crisismappers.net and UN Global Pulse, provided cross-training for mapping and gave participants a global perspective on the movements.
    • We held the first ever tweet-up and live tweet chat about social media in Canadian emergencies. This was lead by the fantastic, and bilingual, Patrice Cloutier. Patrice is a leader in this space in Canada and offered to help moderate the conversation. As well, David Black and Jason Redlarski provided context for emergency management in Canada. Patrice is a member of the SMEM weekly chats.
    • We had a group brainstorm on Canadian emergency management needs and project ideas for preparedness and response. This will help us plan our activities for future events.
    • Melanie Gorka facilitated a number of brainstorming topics about CrisisCommons in Canada and digital volunteerism. She also coordinated our content curation team.
    • Glenn McKnight set-up a display for IEEE’s Humanitarian Initiatives and provided demonstrations for the Solar Suitcase. Glenn is a big proponent of Open Hardware and helped us geek out beyond software solutions and think about our friends in the Maker community.
    • We used Scribblelive to liveblog our content for the event. This really worked well. We recommend it for other CrisisCamp events.
    • The majority of our events have been held at University of Toronto. This partnership has been amazing. Not only can we use multiple rooms for break-out sessions, we have a strong university student contingent that is helping us grow.

    Every city and every country has different needs, yet some similar themes. We would be happy to answer any questions. But, most of all: STEAL or HACK this MODEL. It really worked. We are very thankful for our presenters, guests from Volunteer Technical Communities, government officials and the amazing participants who asked great questions and are the reason that CrisisCamp Toronto continues to grow.

    Stay Tuned!

    CrisisCamp Toronto City Lead
    Heather Leson

    5Mar

    Maps and Mappers

    Do something. During the CrisisCommons response to Haiti, I learned about the Crisismappers network. When the Chilean earthquake occurred, our CrisisCamp Toronto team got a crash course in Ushahidi and crisismapping by creating training materials while we learned how to map. We also volunteered for the Pakistan floods using the same tools and community networks. I became hooked. Geo-locating situational awareness and potential needs to provide context to humanitarian response continues to evolve. I am a mapper-in-training (MIT) and a serial volunteer.

    In October 2010, I attended the International Conference of CrisisMappers. The calibre of organizations, academics and volunteers inspired me to join the newly formed Stand-by Task Force (SBTF). The SBTF is a collective of highly skilled, diverse people from around the world who can be activated to respond. As George Chamales of Konpa Group likes to say: a map is only as useful as the process and people to make it happen. It is hard, iterative work to map. But, the rewards mean contributing to a new, visual response. In January, I volunteered with the SBTF monitoring the Sudan elections with sudanvotemonitor.com. I spent time working with the geo-locating team.

    I could spend a few years learning and still not be an expert. Everyone starts somewhere. While I have volunteered with Ushahidi and maps for a year, there are many layers. The CrisisCamp Toronto team is modeling and testing maps as a volunteer offering. We created Snow in Toronto. I applied the SBTF methods and cross-trained my local peers on how and what to map using the best practice templates and processes.

    Maps

    Mapful. The last weeks included large scale responses for the Standby Task Force and CrisisCamp. Digital volunteers from many groups have answered the call to action.

    New Zealand – eq.org.nz

    Monday, February 21st was the end of a long weekend. Upon checking my twitter stream around 20:30, I learned about the earthquake in New Zealand. I logged on to skype and began collaborating with people from around the world for 8 hours straight. We activated the Stand-by Task Force to assist with the initial response and training. I was given the honour to chronicle the experience on the Ushahidi and CrisisCommons blogs: Launching eq.nz.org for the New Zealand Earthquake.

    In 12 days, the CrisisCamp New Team and friends have filed 1,355 reports and 10 layers of information. Their work has been chronicled on the CrisisCommons wiki and blog.
    All the NZ folks like Tim McNamara, Robert Coup, Nat Torkington, Gavin Treadgold and hundreds of volunteers are changing the face of emergency response in NZ and inspiring people around the world.

    Libya
    The Stand-by Task Force was activated this week for a special project for the United Nations – Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA). This historical action involved crisismappers in the humanitarian response. I joined the SBTF deployment team and began research social media resources and mapping. Four days later we have hundreds of reports verified and continue to volunteer. This effort included many diverse groups – CrisisCommons, Humanity Road, CrisisMappers, Google Crisis Response Team, NetHope and OpenStreetMap. Patrick Meier, Director of Crisismapping at Ushahidi, and Sara Farmer, Chief Platform Architect at UN Global Pulse blogged about the the Libya response. The map is not publicly available at this time due to the sensitive nature. Mappers do no harm, we just want to help. In time, it will be available. Volunteers are most welcome. You can contact the Standby Task Force.

    Digital Mappers

    Digital volunteers from the various Volunteer Technical Communities (VTCs) are involved in crisismapping. There are hard-core geo mappers like the OpenStreetMap and the Google Earth folks. And, there are groups like CrisisCommons, Crisismappers, and Humanity Road who provide surge capacity and often focus on situational awareness and research from social media, media and official sources. Add to this, the Ushahidi development team and other technical volunteers.

    Who are these digital mappers? Well, they are doers. A mapper doesn’t want to talk for hours about doing, they just do. It takes a new volunteer about 4 hours to wrap your head around the process and begin to really dig in. The SBTF have worked on a number of deployments and are very open to new members. We are the people who map for 3 hours at night instead of watching tv. We are the people who wake up early before work, log into skype and add a few reports to the map. We map at lunch. We are the people who may drop everything to map for 4 days. We are communicators and friends. And, we believe that a map can and does change the world. Every day I am more and more honoured to call myself a mapper. While it might not show immediately that we are making a difference, it will in time. Iterative change starts with a few hours and a few dedicated people who want to make a difference.

    Heather

    2Mar

    Podcamp Toronto 2011

    Crisiscamp Toronto shared our story at Podcamp Toronto 2011 on February 26, 2011. Our session: “Crowdsourcing Tech for Social Good and CrisisResponse” had approximately 25 attendees. The talk was recorded and will be posted at a later date. We had some great questions about how to engage volunteers and what are results of RHoK and CrisisCamp. Here is a quick event summary and our slideshare:

    Some results of the past 6 months

    Toronto digital volunteers participated in CrisisCamp Pakistan and CrisisCamp New Zealand. Some of the contributions were: mapping and situational awareness. CrisisCamps can be for response or preparedness. People work on tasks identified or brainstorm on ways they can contribute. We also participated in two Random Hacks of Kindness event: Sydney, Australia in June 2010 and Toronto, Canada in December 2010. These events are two-day hackathons focused on humanitarian and local solutions. For the RHoK Toronto event, we partnered with Open Data Toronto.

    Some of the lessons learned are: the processes need to be set well in advance of an emergency and partnerships built between Crisis Responders and digital volunteers. And, if we identify problem definitions, we can brainstorm and create prototypes which might aim to solve real world issues. Volunteer technology communities collaborate during response. Each brings their special skills. Digital volunteers are modelling in an agile, iterative manner using their skills of research, digital media creation, social media outreach and mapping contribute to a basic framework. Their contribution and feedback is built on by each response effort and each hackathon. We are attempting to identify the best way to train and engage people to volunteer in the most rewarding and effective manner. It is hard work, but each time we improve.

    Toronto has about 30 people who volunteer locally and globally. These people are developers, emergency managers, project managers, digital media strategists, technologists, students, experienced employees, open data/open gov users and journalists. We are at the training and project analysis stage. All of these lessons learned will enable us to build programs and relationships locally for preparedness. As well, we aim to collaborate with emergency responders to manage the surge of information online during an emergency and create software/innovation solutions.

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    18Feb

    Social Media in Canadian Emergencies – CrisisCamp Toronto

    The CrisisCamp Toronto team has been working hard to prepare for CrisisCamp Social Media in Canadian Emergencies. This morning I was delighted to receive some great response from the IAEM – Canada mailing list. Our goal is to connect the spirit of Canadian startup innovation, internet savvy and emergency managers.

    When: Saturday, February 19, 2011 10am – 5pm Where: University of Toronto, OISE 4th fl

    Here is a list of Communication channels to participate during CrisisCamp Toronto.

    LiveChat- Social Media in Canadian Emergencies on Saturday, February 19, 2010,
    14:00ET, 11:00PT for one hour

    We’re hosting a tweetchat (live chat on twitter.com). If you search twitter.com for #CSMEM you can follow all the comments. If you have a twitter account, please use the hashtag #CSMEM and add your province code. (Eg. SK, NFLD). This session will be held in both English and French. We will have translators to help. It is our hope to host these regularly. Our American friends use the #SMEM hashtag.

    Twitter hashtags

    Follow us on Twitter : @crisiscampTO
    #CSMEM
    #CSMEMchat

    Also see: @crisiscamp, @crisiscommons and #SMEM

    Liveblog

    I saw a demo of Scribblelive at Hacks/Hackers this week. I think it is a great fit for CrisisCamp Toronto’s event. It is all set up and ready to start posting content tomorrow morning. I also downloaded the free Iphone app. If it works for this event, I’ll be recommending it for more events in the future both in Canada and globally.

    Ustream

    We will try to stream and record the morning sessions. This will help other folks learn. Again, it will be active around 10:00 ET on Saturday.


    Live Videos by Ustream

    Schedule for the day

    10 – 10:30ET – Introduction
    10:30 – 1:00ET Morning session

    Education Stream
    We will run these three sessions, three times. You can pick which one you want to attend.
    1. Emergency Management 101/Emergency Management in Canada
    2. GIS/Mapping 101
    3. Social Media 101/CrisisMapping 101

    Dev and Tool Testing Stream
    *Crowdmap/Ushahidi 101- test case and cross-training
    *Ushahidi small code features – TBD

    Other activities:
    *Prep for #CSMEM Twitchat
    *Canadian Virtual Volunteer Team planning: help us brainstorm credentials and organization for this idea.

    1:00ET Lunch

    Afternoon: 1:30 – 4:30pm
    2:00-3:00ET – Live chat on Crisis Commons and Social Media in Emergency Management (skype – Heather Leson – Twitter #csmem)

    1:30 – 2:00 Brainstorming ideas with Melanie on CrisisCommons Canada activities
    3:00 – 5:00 ET

    1. Project Demos
    CrisisCamp Toronto wants to pick a project to work on. Demo your project idea in 5 minutes, then we will vote
    2. Project Planning
    We will build out the project requirements and next steps
    3.Ongoing work playing with tools will continue in the other rooms.

    5pm Event complete.

    Join our CrisisCamp TO Mailing list

    10Feb

    OpenUN and the Future of Real-Time at SMW

    The age of real-time has changed media, humanitarian aid and my life’s path. I am a community manager and communications emergency/incident manager by trade who also volunteers with digital crisis response. Social Media Week has provided great opportunities to attend events in person or participate virtually. Today I am attending OpenUN and digging into how media and crisis response organizations work with open data, real-time data and digital media changes. The way we obtain news and participate in our local and global communities is evolving. It is exciting to have my career and volunteer work merge. And, also to have the chance to learn and engage online.

    The United Nations GlobalPulse is participating in Social Media Week with “Open UN: Engagement in the age of Real-Time”. #openUN is livestreaming right now.

    PSFK on Future of Real-Time trends

    PSFK presented their trend analysis about the future of real-time, including the example app called mappiness:

    PSFK presents Future Of Real-Time
    View more presentations from PSFK.

    PSFK posted, free for download, their UN report on The Future of Real-Time.

    Robert Kilpatrick, Director of UN Global Pulse

    Robert Kilpatrick presented about UN Global Pulse and how they are working to embrace real-time information for development. He cited the opportunity for the use of citizen reporting and how the UN is researching how to collaborate with digital volunteers and communities of interest. Some of my favourite quotes from his keynote:

    10Feb

    Canadian and American Red Cross Talk Strategy at SMW

    “Inspire people to do actionable items using social media.” Our CrisisCommons Canada team likes to call it Applied Social Media. We create,do stuff…and talk about it.

    Karen Snider of the Canadian Red Cross and Wendy Harman of the American Red Cross presented their Social Media Case Studies at Social Media Week and the Toronto Social Media Club on February 9, 2011.

    Karen and the Canadian Red Cross team are great supporters of CrisisCommons Canada. We have a common goal of sharing information and digital volunteerism. Karen introduced the new CRC Social Media team that is gearing up to support CRC activities across the country. (Their twitter handles are in the screen capture below.) We are very excited to continue our conversations with CRC and find new ways to collaborate as digital volunteers and partners. In the past year, the Canadian Red Cross has been testing social media strategy for small projects. More details can be found on the RedCrossTalks Blog.

    Last night was my first time meeting Wendy Harman in person. She is a leader in SMEM for social good and has inspired me for the past year. The power of the SMEM network is that we built connections online and share many people in common. Wendy created the American Red Cross’s Social Media Strategy Handbook. This is available free online to use and remix. We truly look forward to more SMEM conversations in Canada and with our Amercian friends.

    Next time I will set up a liveblog for events. In the meantime, here are some of the snippets about Canadian and American Red Cross social media case studies:



    5Feb

    Online and In-Person Boot-camp – Social Media Week 2011

    Social media Week is here and I am busy trying to figure out my schedule of online and in person events. In a way, I consider it bootcamp to learn as much as I can in one week. It should be no surprise that I have tailored my schedule based on crisis response, risk management, emergency response, social media for social good and technology innovation. I am hoping that some of the SMW events are streamed or liveblogged.

    Last year I had the honour to present at SMW. I’m excited to focus on learning. My schedule is subject to change as I need to research activities in some of the other cities.

    Monday
    I’ll be in line for the 15-minute wait list for this: Social for Social Good – the power, politics and potential of ideas and causes to change the world.

    OpenStreetMap – Mappy Hour. While it is not an official SMW event, I consider it important. Location, location, open source, location.

    Tuesday

    Gamify Me (NYC)
    TechSoup/NetSquared: Using Technology for Grant Writing Workshop

    Wednesday

    Social Media Club: Case Studies from American and Canadian Red Cross
    Smartphones, Cocktails and 100 years of McLuhan

    Thursday
    Open UN

    Social Media’s Dark Side: Risks, Reasons and Remedies

    Friday
    Pending schedule.

    More details:

    Mashable has a listing of all the events they will be covering.

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