The Enabler Cards contain information about basically everything we can think of that can help people in hard-to-access areas to get information out when violence erupts. They can contain information about where to find the Red Flag outposts, or how to contact the DIStress numbers, but also information on how to build an FM transmitter from scrap. Furthermore, they could contain information about better farming practices, other people in the area (to prevent perpetrators to exploit the ‘we’ vs ‘them’ emotions), and basically anything we can think of. They might even contain small packs containing the items needed to make a radio, or pinhole camera.
Languages (and learning)
The Enabler Cards will be printed in at least 2 languages of which English will be one, and a local language the second. Hopefully, people who receive and use the cards will learn a bit of English as well. Of course, they will also contain clear visual language, because it’s quite likely that in the areas we’re focusing on, written language might not be understandable for all.
The Enabler Cards are not only carriers of knowledge, but also enablers of sharing knowledge. Each card will have a easy to tear off 'blank' card, that asks the one holding it to share their knowledge (and spread it). These cards can be shared within the community, or use a system like proposed in the uPost Idea of Simone to be distributed/spread further.
A plug-in Idea
This Idea is meant to be a plug-in for other Ideas. It can be combines with several ideas that have already been posted.
One suggestion from Lee, in the comments of his concept 'The Beacon', is to use the information on the Enabler Cards also on other channels. For example sending it out through SMS via the system as proposed in the 'The Beacon' concept.
Also, as suggested by Christophe, the information could be printed on the back of receipts, for example from airtime.
As suggested by Yachun, it's great to organise the topics on the Enabler Cards in several, colour-coded, categories. See the attached document for more information as well.
For the cards that call to stay connected, or call for reporting of issues, it would be good to understand the information need on the receiving end, and then make sure that the cards instruct people to send the right information. A simple example could be: "in case of emergency, text [village] [crime] [name victim] to 12345."
Some questions to explore further
- What type of information can we share on these Enabler Cards?
- How can we define areas of focus best, to understand where to get the Enabler Cards to?
- How can we get them into areas where violence has already erupted?