Video: Changing the World, One Map at a Time

Hosted in the beautiful city of Berlin, Re:publica 2011 is Germany’s largest annual conference on blogs, new media and the digital society, drawing thousands of participants from across the world for three days of exciting conversations and presentations. The conference venue was truly a spectacular one and while conference presentations are typically limited to 10-20 minutes, the organizers gave us an hour to share our stories. So I’m posting the video of my presentation below for anyone interested in learning more about new media, crowdsourcing, crisis mapping, live maps, crisis response, civil resistance, digital activism and check-in’s. I draw on my experience with Ushahidi and the Standby Volunteer Task Force (SBTF) and share examples from Kenya, Haiti, Libya, Japan, the US and Egypt to illustrate how live maps can change the world. My slides are available on Slideshare here.

9 responses to “Video: Changing the World, One Map at a Time

  1. Great video. The use of map crowdsourcing in emergency situations seems to have a good impact. I think the concept is promising and that it will develop further in the future. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Pakistan during floods and too makes a viable case to present at such places. Especially in hard times that our nation is facing today.

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  5. Hi Patrick. Thanks for your post. I live in Brazil and we are very worried about the changes on the brazilian forest law. 410 brazilian congressmen voted for a change that may cause the ruin of our 6 biomes, and will certainly rise the risks of climate change. They say they want to produce more food for a hungry world, but what is the real cost of that?
    You can find more here:
    I have some questions on how to launch the ushahidi plattform here.
    I’ve worked for 13 years at MTV Brazil doing PSA’s and motion graphics. Now I have a small production company, called Galante. We proposed to MTV and SOS Florestas (a huge coalition of NGOs including greenpeace and WWF) to make a campaign. I think crowdsourcing could help a lot. Next thursday we are going to meet and organize this. I can send you an email with details on what’s going on here.
    Thanks a lot,
    Gustavo Guimarães

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