… because a man can fail. He can be caught. He can be killed and forgotten.
But four hundred years later an idea can still change the world. I’ve witnessed firsthand the power of ideas. I’ve seen people kill in the name of them; and die defending them. But you cannot kiss an idea, cannot touch it or hold it.
Ideas do not bleed, it cannot feel pain, and it does not love.
– V for Vendetta, 2006
The power of crowdsourcing crisis information has little to do with the people behind Ushahidi. If individuals, communities, organizations want to crowdsource and access information, they’ll find a way regardless of the challenges or the number of blog posts that try to stop them. Cynics warned that the printing press and telephone would lead society to ruin. They failed to stem an idea more powerful than them. They’ll fail again. Information wants to be free, and people want the freedom to source and access this information. Increasingly, these people include grassroots activists, seasoned humanitarian professionals, students, established media groups, local organizations, volunteer networks and amateur professionals. Cynics will realize that their voices have long been drowned out by the voices of the many drawn by the power of an idea.