Some organizations with strong ties to the outside world have staff on the ground in hard-to-access areas. Let's give these disparate networks of well-positioned, better-connected individuals a platform to Raise a Red Flag when trouble is observed!
Chicago has been riddled by violence. In some neighborhoods, residents have formed 'block clubs' to combat crime. The groups allow residents to take ownership of their communities, and they partner with police to keep tabs on rising tensions.
What if we were able to take the 'burden' of sounding an alarm off the victims completely? Furthermore, what if there were a way to get the perpetrators of mass violence to (perhaps unwittingly) sound the alarm in behalf of the victims?
Hi Anne-Laure, sorry for the extreme delay in responding to you. Thanks for the idea! I just mentioned this in the concept above, but since it's an outcome of your suggestion I'm reproducing it here...
I spoke with Krista Hendry (Fund for Peace), and she is willing to explore the possibility of collaborating directly. She said that if we adopted the Fund for Peace framework, we could train our target individuals to upload data to the FFP site. It sounds as though adding "Red Flag" data to the existing FFP platfrom would not be too much work. She thinks this might allow us to test some of the assumptions that have been make about local versus international data sources.