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Tools of Awareness

What tools open up conversations, connect and support people and information?

Help us gather together tools of support (digital & otherwise) that already exist to connect and support people and information. Think about websites, applications, social sharing platforms, telephone chains, leafleting, or other ways that people spread or gather information.

  • How have groups organised to meet up and connect over a common cause – either in day-to-day life or during an emergency?
  • What are examples where tools have been repurposed to support people in times of need?
  • How have or could such tools be used in hard-to-access areas?

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Smoke Signals have been used to communicate short messages since ancient times, and are still used for military purposes.

Smoke Signals have been used to communicate short messages since ancient times, and are still used for military purposes.

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After the earthquake of Mar.11, 2011 in Japan. There were difficulties getting information from disaster  area. New technologies are being developing with cell phone or handheld devices.

After the earthquake of Mar.11, 2011 in Japan. There were difficulties getting information from disaster area. New technologies are being developing with cell phone or handheld devices.

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Bicycles are simple, versatile and easy to maintain. I witnessed people in the 3rd world using them to go places, even if there weren't nice roads, or any roads at all. They connected diverse communities where there were no phones.

Bicycles are simple, versatile and easy to maintain. I witnessed people in the 3rd world using them to go places, even if there weren't nice roads, or any roads at all. They connected diverse communities where there were no phones.

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Crisis Communications: why you should use social media when disaster strikes

Crisis Communications: why you should use social media when disaster strikes

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It is easy to be cynical of Hollywood Blockbusters - created for entertainment and profit - but few if any other mediums have the power to reach audiences on such a scale. Audiences that might not normally be exposed to this kind of content.

It is easy to be cynical of Hollywood Blockbusters - created for entertainment and profit - but few if any other mediums have the power to reach audiences on such a scale. Audiences that might not normally be exposed to this kind of content.

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We can take advantage of a platform like Ushahidi to have it filter information only from trusted reporters, photo journalists on the ground in these hard to access areas who can post honest & uncensored pictures that tell the real story.

We can take advantage of a platform like Ushahidi to have it filter information only from trusted reporters, photo journalists on the ground in these hard to access areas who can post honest & uncensored pictures that tell the real story.

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Take a picture and send your message around the world.

Take a picture and send your message around the world.

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Recently, there are a lot of systems to monitor the earth's surface for gather information in case of a disaster such as earthquake, wildfire and so on. There is also a framework to manage these system effectively. It could be helpful.

Recently, there are a lot of systems to monitor the earth's surface for gather information in case of a disaster such as earthquake, wildfire and so on. There is also a framework to manage these system effectively. It could be helpful.

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"Everyone" these days have a mobile phone, a Facebook and a Google account, not to mention all the other accounts. In aggregate, the activity – and changes in activity – on either or all of these networks would communicate volumes.

"Everyone" these days have a mobile phone, a Facebook and a Google account, not to mention all the other accounts. In aggregate, the activity – and changes in activity – on either or all of these networks would communicate volumes.

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Low Tech Communication Inspiration: 
The African folktale of the Fire on the Mountain

Low Tech Communication Inspiration: The African folktale of the Fire on the Mountain

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When I was a teenager there was a huge concert called Live Aid that happened in Philadelphia and London on the same day.  It was designed to raise awareness of starving people Ethiopia, Africa as well as raise money to help out.

When I was a teenager there was a huge concert called Live Aid that happened in Philadelphia and London on the same day. It was designed to raise awareness of starving people Ethiopia, Africa as well as raise money to help out.

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