Nevelia Heilbron - Social Networking for social good

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Nevelia Heilbron shares with us how social media can do good for the community.

Nevelia Heilbron shares with us how social media can do good for the community.

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  • Presentation by Nevelia Heilbron: nevelia@forgood.co.za / www.forgood.co.za / 011 325 2594
  • In the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, the global tech community is actively searching for ways to aid rescue and relief operations. One of the most interesting efforts I've been tracking for a while is a citizen-reporting and online mapping platform called Ushahidi. The idea is straightforward, but potentially very powerful: to harness the power of cell phone text messaging, online maps and ordinary citizens to gather and distribute information in real time, especially in the wake of conflict or natural disaster.  With local cell service down and little chance of getting text messages out of Haiti, the Ushahidi team started by taking mapping information coming in from mainstream media outlets, and via Twitter (see hashtags #haiti and #haitiquake). They also created an email address where citizens could submit reports, or news of missing persons (haiti@ushahidi.com).  Finally, and most critically, they reached out to Haiti's largest cell provider, DigiCel, to create a text message short code where citizens in Haiti could send an SMS about their location, and their needs. DigiCel allowed Ushahidi to use the short code 4636 (INFO).  But the big question was this: how do you let Haitians know there's an SMS short code for reporting crisis information, when all around them is complete chaos? Well, via the  old-fashioned  wireless of course. "We had someone from inSTEDD, one of our NGO partners in Haiti, get in a four wheel drive with a list of 10 operational radio stations," said Josh Nesbit, of Frontline SMS, another group that is involved in the Ushahidi Haiti project. "We're crowdsourcing crisis information. For example, if someone says they're in Port-au-Prince, then we'll immediately map that, and note that this person has gone missing at that particular location. That hopefully helps responders on the ground follow up on that," Ushahidi's Patrick Meier said. Wish You Were Here A fun way to send brilliant digital postcards to your friends and family! Diabetic Meal Planner Lite, Diabetes Log, Glucose Buddy, Lose It!, Heart Check, Motion Math and more.
  • The 2010/2011 revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt were largely organised, supported and driven through the Utilization of social media based tools. Facebook, Twitter and mobile phone technology inter alia allowed For extensive political expression against government corruption both on and off--‐line. Calls for socio—political transformation heard on the streets of Tunis and Cairo were echoed around the globe, gaining much sympathetic support internationally. The Potential of Social Media to Impact Socio--‐Political Change on the African Continent Narnia Bohler--‐Muller and Charl van der Merwe1 Africa Institute of South Africa “ Marriage of social behaviour and techonolgy” – Prof Artwick. She calls this ‘technosociality’
  • The Silicon Cape Initiative is a non-profit, community owned & driven movement for entrepreneurs, geeks, venture capitalists, angel investors, marketers and other professionals in the IT industry. The grid  connects your cellphone and web browser into a social network that is aware of where you are. It uses cellphone mast triangulation to detect where you and your friends are and helps you leave notes on the places you go to http://socialmedia.socialpress.co.za/2010/04/12/south-african-social-network-sites/
  • The Silicon Cape Initiative is a non-profit, community owned & driven movement for entrepreneurs, geeks, venture capitalists, angel investors, marketers and other professionals in the IT industry. The grid  connects your cellphone and web browser into a social network that is aware of where you are. It uses cellphone mast triangulation to detect where you and your friends are and helps you leave notes on the places you go to http://socialmedia.socialpress.co.za/2010/04/12/south-african-social-network-sites/
  • The Table is a relational, online web application, custom-tailored for the church. We aim to engage the community, empower leaders, and move people beyond the pews and into authentic life-changing friendships. The City is a web-based software platform that enables the daily life, community, and ministry for your whole Church so you can accomplish your mission.
  • I have a confession to make. I'm not Catholic. So I'm not sure how qualified I am to talk about the new Iphone and iPad app called "Confession," which is the first of its kind to receive episcopal approval. The confession aid, designed by Little iApps and available for $1.99 at the iTunes Store, is meant to help Catholics prepare for and participate in the Rite of Penance. The app allows the user to set up a password protected profile and then guides the person through each of the 10 commandments, asking the person questions related to their behavior since their last confession. For example, "Have I been involved in superstitious practices or have I been involved with the occult?" or "Have I wished evil on another person?" The user can check the box next to the question if they have. The app then walks the person through their confession as it's conducted at the church in the confessional booth. For example, the app reminds the person that when the priest says, "Give thanks to the Lord for he is good," she should say, "For his mercy endures forever." The app also has the acts of contrition listed, if the person forgets, as well as traditional prayers that can be recited. According to the press release from Little iApps, the text was developed in collaboration with Rev. Thomas G. Weinandy, executive director of the Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Rev. Dan Scheidt, pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mishawaka, IN. The app received an imprimatur from Bishop Kevin C. Rhodes of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. The developes say their new app is a response to Pope Benedict’s message at the 45th World Communications Day address in which he suggested that new media, “if used wisely, can contribute to the satisfaction of the desire for meaning, truth and unity which remain the most profound aspirations of each human being.”
  • Cape Town company, first in the world to publish the full Bible, in a single format on a mobile phone. http://www.christianbusinesses.co.za So the problem is not that we don’t have them … but where to start looking – that’s where something like forgood comes in handy.
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  • 1.  
  • 2. social networking for social good Nevelia Heilbron – www.forgood.co.za
  • 3.
    • “ Your goal shouldn’t be to “do social media” this year. Your goal should be to learn the language and be part of the conversation. Learn to do that and the rest will follow!”
    • http://socialmediatoday.com/pammoore/277568/new-language-called-social-media-here-it-or-not
  • 4. the conversations
    • The global good
    • How good is Mzansi at social networking?
    • How socially networked is the Church?
  • 5. The global good
    • Social media may be the reason for record giving.
    • Social media gives a voice to nongovernmental organizations, relief agencies, and religious groups.
    • Google Crisis Centre
    • Twitter in the 2009 Iranian elections
    • … and more
  • 6. The global good
  • 7. ushahidi
  • 8. revolution by social media
    • “ The Day of the Revolution against Torture, Poverty, Corruption and Unemployment”
    • – 80 000 online followers of this event
    • “ Social media is the pamphlet of the 21 st century.” - Unknown
  • 9. revolution by social media
  • 10. fundraising today
  • 11. gaming for good
  • 12. what’s happening in SA?
    • Cell-life best mobile app
    • K53 Assist Driving campaign (MXit & downloadable videos)
    • Political campaigns
    • forgood
  • 13. social networks in Mzansi
    • SocialPress  (South African Business Social Network)
    • MediaPress  (Social Network and Blogging Community)
    • MyByte  (Technology Social Network)
    • MyGenius  (Business Social Network)
    • The Grid  (The location based mobile Social Network)
    • Blueworld  (Social Community)
    • Chemistry  (Social Network and Digital Community)
    • Cape Town network  (Business Social Network)
    • IFashion  (Fashion Social Network)
    • Iblog  (Blogging community)
    • The Silicon Cape Initiative  (Non-profit, private sector community movement)
    • Zoopy  (Online and mobile social media community)
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  • 19. the Church: the original social network The Pope on fb
  • 20. The controversial
  • 21. where is the local Church?
    • Christian Mobile
    • Woolworths case study
  • 22.  
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  • 24. what’s your conversation?
  • 25. THE DIGITAL STORY OF THE NATIVITY
  • 26. Other interesting videos
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpIOClX1jPE
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSRRaBl6xU0
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_b4-acAQbE Social Media Christmas
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f8kCqmGl6Q