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Mobilizing with Ushahidi


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At the Civicus World Assembly (, I joined a panel to talk on Integrating Mobile into Civil Society Technology projects

September 11, 2011
Montreal, QC

The integration of mobile phones/applications and Internet technologies into formats that are easy to access and use creates further inclusionary platforms that require little technical skills, relatively little time investment and information flows in multiple directions that encourage discussion. This culminates in the growing availability of locally and globally relevant content to facilitate knowledge-building, community building and speedy mobilisation of groups to transform their world, in addition to giving civil society advocates a timely and speedy voice in global decision making processes.

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Mobilizing with Ushahidi

  1. Mobilize your community withHeather
  2. What is Ushahidi? Open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. We build tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories.Platform Community Movement
  3. History "Ushahidi", which means "testimony" in Swahili, was a website that was initiallydeveloped to map reports of violence in Kenya after post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008.
  4. Communication (Photos of the Kenyan Railway Museum)
  5. Crowdmap Crowdmap allows you to set up your own deployment ofUshahidi ‘in the cloud’ without having to install it on your own web server.
  6. Collecting InformationTypes of Reports:Web-based FormEmailSMSMobile AppTwitterFacebook(...and more)
  7. iPhone / iPadUshahidi mobile application for the iPhone and iPad
  8. SMSSyncSMSSync is a simple SMS to HTTP sync utility, that turns any Android phone into a local SMS gateway that sends incoming messages to any Ushahidi deployment.
  9. Checkins (CI)Quick location update which can include an optional photo and description, sharing “I am here”.
  10. Election MonitoringMay 2009 - 202 reports, 20,000 views August 2010 - 1525 reports, 20,000 viewsAllow citizen reporting during election Monitor Kenya referendum election
  11. Citizen Journalism December 2010 - 319 reports, 156,859 views April 2011 - a lot reportsHelp bring awareness to sexual harassment in Egypt Engaging citizens to help design a better city
  12. Disaster ResponseMarch 2011 - 8,000+ reports, 144,974 views January 2011 - 99,772 reports, 469,744 viewsMonitor fallout of tsunami and nuclear crisis Monitor the flooding in Australia
  13. Community + Plan (Photo by Jon Schuler)
  14. Key steps to an Integrated Plan Start What is the reason to map? Who owns it? What are the goals? Partners/Community? Which Technology/Technologies? Feasible? Budget/Fundraising Which resources do you need? Information flow: Inbound/Outbound Implementation Plan Marketing/Communications Verification and Analysis Review Revise Research and Iterate End (Diagram by Chris Blow)
  15. Building Bridges: 6000 SMS messages
  17. E U R O P E
  18. A S I A
  19. O C E A N I A
  20. S O U T H A M E R I C A
  21. N O R T H A M E R I C A
  22. A F R I C A
  23. Questions?