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Brainsharing: How Crowdsourcing Your Brain Cells Can Change the World


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CrisisCommons is one of many volunteer technical communities. We are collaborating to answer the question: How can I help during times of crisis and disaster?

I presented at Ignite Toronto on Thursday, September 2, 2010

by Heather Leson

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Brainsharing: How Crowdsourcing Your Brain Cells Can Change the World

  1. 1. How Crowdsourcing your Brain Cells can Change the World Heather Leson
  2. 2. This is your Brain volunteering for social good .
  3. 3. What if computer art stopped at ASCII? Do you game? Do you thinks the geeks who created ASCII art knew it would lead to 3D gaming?
  4. 4. Couch + Internet + You = Endless
  5. 5. The Emergency Cycle The Surge Organizations like the Red Cross/Red Crescent, UN and NGOs respond to hurricanes, earthquakes and more. There is a surge of need, response, public awareness and donations.
  6. 6. 2010 activities What does your brain, Ascii art, your couch and emergency response have in common? We are trying to figure that out. These are some of the response Activities for 2010.
  7. 7. CrisisCamp Toronto for Haiti earthquakes How can we help? We are at the ASCII art stage of Volunteer Technical Communities (VTCs.)
  8. 8. Crisis Commons is a global network of volunteers who use creative problem solving and open technologies to help people and communities in times and places of crisis. Crisis Commons members create organized response events called CrisisCamps. Volunteers learn, share and mentor by interacting with like-minded innovators from around the world. Their collaborative contributions use all available Internet tools and resources. Join a CrisisCamp: In person or virtually ( We are one of many Volunteer Technical Communities.
  9. 9. Web Developers Social Media users Organizers Software developers Emergency Response Planners GeoCoders/GIS Communicators Technologists Trainers Project Managers Your Brain Translators 2009 : Unconference, 250 people 2010 : (8 months) CrisisCamps in 10 countries, +1500 volunteers UX/UI Technical Writers Entrepreneurs storytellers Videographers Academics lawyers Researchers Event Planners teachers Geeks Web designers Photographers innovators SysAdmins
  10. 10. <ul><li>YOUR SKILL </li></ul><ul><li>Search, Mapping, Social Media </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping, Research </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki, Research </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media Outreach: Tweet, Blog, Video, screencast and more </li></ul><ul><li>Organization, Blogging, Search </li></ul><ul><li>Software Development </li></ul><ul><li>PARTNER VOLUNTEER TECHNICAL COMMUNITIES AND THEIR TOOLS </li></ul><ul><li>Ushahidi or Crowdmap </li></ul><ul><li>OpenStreetMap or Sahana Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>CrisisWiki </li></ul><ul><li>Tweak the Tweet </li></ul><ul><li>Many </li></ul><ul><li>Many </li></ul><ul><li>Many </li></ul>Applied Brain Cells
  11. 11. ASCII art 3D gaming Brainsharing Aid crisis & disaster response Evolution takes time. But, what if?
  12. 12. CrisisCamp London (UK) for Pakistan Floods Tools used to collaborate: IRC GoogleApps Conference Bridges/Skype Pirate Pad And more
  13. 13. What if you read a text message (SMS) and could help an aid worker? + Text message + short code + Report + Read, search, document and categorize + Map Mobile phones are global .
  14. 14. What if someday this type of report helped connect an aid worker and person in need?
  15. 15. First International CrisisCongress, July 2010 World Bank HQ, Washington DC Brain cells + Sticky Notes = Win We are braining, researching and modelling how we can help. We are collaborating with our partners and aid organization to learn.
  16. 16. We don’t have all the answers. But, we are crowdsourcing.
  17. 17. We are modelling a new type of aid with volunteer technical communities. Donate money to the Non-Governmental Organizations. Then, share your knowledge and time.
  18. 18. Global Random Hacks of Kindness: Sydney, Washington, Nairobi, Sanitago, Jakarta and Sao Paolo Volunteering changes your life. I collaborated within a global community, conducted social media outreach, participated in software scrums and tool beta testing, contributed to strategic planning and much more.
  19. 19. Join us: CrisisCamp Marathon weekend for Pakistan starts Friday, September 3, 2010. and Global CrisisCamp Day of Learning Saturday, September 25, 2010 Virtual Volunteers welcome! Contact CrisisCamp and CrisisCommons Google Group    CrisisCommons & crisiscampto Twitter              @CrisisCampTO @crisiscamp E-mail     
  20. 20. Thanks and Photo credits: Contact Heather at textontechs dot com @heatherleson Brain – Labguest (Flickr) Ascii man – Pix Jockey (Flickr) Couch Surfers – khym54 (Flickr) CrisisCamp Toronto- Brian Chick (Flickr) CrisisCamp London (UK)- Spike (Flickr) CrisisCommons Congress – Pedro Fuentes, CrisisCamp Chile (Flickr) Congress Wordle- Chiara, CrisisCommons, Washington DC RHoK – Martin Biemel, CrisisCamp Sydney (Flickr) I hope you’ll consider how your brain sharing can change the world with crisis response...someday.