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Technology Helps Communities Collaborate

In the wake of a snowstorm that had many New Yorkers snowed in, the social collaboration platform Ushahidi was used to build a Snowmageddon Cleanup site.

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Snowmageddon Cleanup is a hub for residents to quickly submit problems, solutions, and victories, locating them on a map where others nearby can help or be helped. 

From their site:

New York area governments are doing their best to help our region dig out of this mess of a snow storm. Call it Snowmageddon, call it the Blizzard of 2010. Whatever you call it, it’s a mess outside, and it’s going to take a long time for us to dig out.

We can all do our little part to make things better. That’s where you come in.

This Web site was built to be a simple tool that allows neighbor to help neighbor. Got an extra shovel? Post it up here. Know someone that can’t clean their own sidewalk or driveway and could use an extra set of arms to dig out? Organize an impromptu snow shoveling party.

How might we use technology to connect people for collaborative community action?


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Great idea Meena!
The word 'action' is key in your final question. Discussion only goes so far but action, even if it results in failure at first, is the real agent of change.

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