GroundTruth Initiative, LLC We help communities use digital media, mapping, and open data tools for greater influence and representation in development and democracy.
What we do:Train in creative use of new technologies for datacollection and storytelling (mapping, video, mobile,web)Engage with specific geographic communitiesin-depthSupport open, accessible information for action
Why we do it:Local communities are the most reliable,important knowledge-holdersfor development and political engagement.Participatory and open technologies and mediaare key to amplifying voicesand increasing influence.
Why we are here:We love doing this, and want to do more.Maybe in collaboration with you.
Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya… ~ 250,000 people, 2.5 km2
Citizen JournalismContent chosen/edited by Kiberans (not us)Using available and accessible technologyFocus on getting stories out there, not fittingprofessional quality standards – building the Supply
Voice of Kibera: Mapped citizen reportingwww.voiceofkibera.org
Community News Site• Community website for sharing info relevant to Kibera residents• News, videos, and SMS• Reports are mapped on the Map Kibera map
Some KNN video topics:- Landslide in Kibera- Fire outbreak- Profiles of local artists, clothing designers, musicians- Protest over anti-Muslim schoolteacher- Stray monkey entertains Kibera- Kibera from a dog’s perspective- HIV positive woman’s story- Christian basketball tournament- Railway line evictions