Citizen Tech: Social Media in Disaster Response

Amy Sample Ward

I’m joining a panel to talk about the response for support after the Haiti earthquakes last year. Reports of violence and of peace efforts could be placed via the web or mobile phone. Examples from Haiti. The Haiti earthquakes were no exception.

The Social Media Response to Disaster in Haiti

NTEN

Whether we look at mapping tools, fundraising, or missing person systems, the social media response to the January earthquakes in Haiti all leverage the powerful technology we can hold in our hands: our mobile phones. The Haiti earthquakes were no exception.

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More on Using Crowdsourced Data to Find Big Picture Patterns (Take 3)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Maps, helicopter overflights, satellite imagery, field reports from first responders, as well as phone calls and SMS messages from the general public. We need people to see SMS crowdsourcing through the successful application scenario above (and others like it), while being cautious to avoid the mistakes that stem from the second scenario. statistics crisismapping Haiti crowdsourcing patterns Ushahidi humanitarian

7 Ways for Nonprofits to Use Mobile Phones to Rake in Cash Monies

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moment in January, 2010, when an outpouring of donations followed the devastating Haiti quake. But what you may not have anticipated was that $41m of these dollars flowed through mobile phones via “premium text messages.” As it turns out, The Red Cross used but one of several common methods to generate revenue from mobile phone owners. Using this simple method, your nonprofit advertises the availability of your designated fundraising phone number to potential donors.

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Digital Volunteerism – Effective Disaster Relief the GreenTech Way

Tech Soup Blog

The January 12, 2010 catastrophic earthquake in Haiti showed some of the astonishing potential for volunteer-based digital disaster relief. At the time of the Haiti earthquake, very few people in the country were using Twitter, but it was enough to get news of needs out to the world.

Cool App Roundup: Disaster and Emergency Edition

Tech Soup Blog

Once you've downloaded the app, all this information is accessible regardless of whether you have phone service or internet access during an emergency. The app was developed on the Windows Azure platform, a cloud-based platform for building and hosting web applications.

Philanthropy and Social Media: New Whitepaper from The Institute for Philanthropy

Amy Sample Ward

A similar example is that of an Atlanta city councilman who chose to post a message to Twitter asking for a medic to respond to an unconscious woman on the street rather than to dial 911 when his mobile phone battery was very low.

Nonprofits: Time to Get Mobile

Frogloop

83% of adults have cell phones or smartphones. 35% of users have accessed the Internet via their phone, according to a December 2009 report by Pew. So in times of natural disasters like the catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti and affected more then two million people, can a mobile strategy help raise money in times of crisis? The donation will appear on the donors cell phone bill. Nonprofits are required to go through an application process to qualify.

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Reach Out and Charge Someone

Connection Cafe

As we all know, text-to-give has proven successful(ish), especially around disaster relief like last year’s Haiti earthquake. Mobile applications have also begun to surface to empower peer-to-peer fundraisers to check their progress and send appeals straight from their phone. Did you know that you can download an app that will allow you to pay for your coffee with a quick scan of your smart phone? Author: Noel Beebe.

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Are Qwerty Monsters the Nonprofit Donors of the Future?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Google and Microsoft sent me mobile phones in response to my complaints about the Apple iPhone in-app donation policy. The topic we explored was mobile fundraising, ranging from best practices, integration and why applications on phones haven’t taken off.

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Have You Met Mobile?

Connection Cafe

Sure, he raised over $20 million for Haiti and an impressive array of non-profit organizations including American Red Cross , Oxfam America , Salvation Army , Habitat for Humanity , International Rescue Committee , and the United Nations Foundation used his services. Author: James Young.

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Technology Trends for Nonprofits in 2011

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On the other hand, only 16% of the surveyed nonprofits plan on having mobile websites in 2011, while 19% plan on having Smartphone Applications. 1] And not just that, according to Gartner Research, by 2013 mobile phones will take over PC’s as the most common web access device. [2]

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Measuring the Return on Relationships

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

phone call) over the years? Did a three-hour dinner in London with an international aid worker bring you one quality application (the aid worker’s Facebook friend, no less) for an outstanding position at your non-profit you’ve been trying to fill?

Why Building Resilient Networks Matter

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

They had no internet access and – most distressingly for me – no phone service at all. When they evacuated from their small island, I reminded them to take their cell phones and chargers.

7 Reasons Nonprofits Need iPads

Influence

There are now 140,000 applications available for the iPhone and most of them are expected to run on the iPad. It could spawn innovative interactive applications that support collaborative learning. Apple's new iPad tablet computer has spawned some mixed reactions.

Mobile Commons Helps Non-Profit Organizations Responding to the Chile Earthquake

Mobile Commons

will appear on your mobile phone bill. “The recent Haiti Relief efforts were breathtaking. The platform’s user interface and APIs seamlessly integrate SMS, voice and Web applications with CRMs and databases, as well as Twitter, Facebook applications, flash widgets, and geo-location features. AmeriCares, Catholic Relief Services and Habitat for Humanity adopt mobile for engaging supporters and fundraising.

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5 Online Fundraising Tools: Tools 4 Your Mission Part 2/3

Tech Soup Blog

some unique Facebook tools too, including the popular "wish" application, with which users can encourage their Facebook friends to donate. When the earthquake struck in Haiti in. donations are applied to their phone bill.

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Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools

NTEN

Geographic information systems (GIS) and online mapping applications continue to become more powerful and easier to use every year. " Humaninet has built a variety of mapping applications for use in disaster preparedness and recovery. Jim Craner , MapTogether.

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The Networked Nonprofit in Kenya

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Ushahidi has had impressive growth over the past 18 months and most visible was its work with Haiti. I was most surprised how many online applications that I use daily in the US were slow loading and impossible to use. Ushahidi Board Meeting at iHub in Kenya.

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Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools

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Geographic information systems (GIS) and online mapping applications continue to become more powerful and easier to use every year. " Humaninet has built a variety of mapping applications for use in disaster preparedness and recovery. Jim Craner, MapTogether.

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The Social Sector Cloud

NTEN

Most of us now host all of our applications and our data and our email systems documents/spreadsheets, etc. With cloud computing, you access your software applications over the Internet using a web browser. Hosted applications and platforms also require equitable access pathways, so while low cost hardware are available, it is broadband and mobile divides that are important. CrisisCamps took off after the earthquake in Haiti. Lucy Bernholz, Blueprint R+D.

The Social Sector Cloud

NTEN

Most of us now host all of our applications and our data and our email systems documents/spreadsheets, etc. With cloud computing, you access your software applications over the Internet using a web browser. Hosted applications and platforms also require equitable access pathways, so while low cost hardware are available, it is broadband and mobile divides that are important. CrisisCamps took off after the earthquake in Haiti. Lucy Bernholz, Blueprint R+D.

Constructive Disruption: Advancing Social Change Through the Cloud

NTEN

The technology scene today is distinguished by the growing connectivity among devices, mobile phones, the PC, and the browser, which enable people and organizations to access information, communicate, and collaborate in more powerful ways. You will be able to use your phone, PC, and browser (sometimes TV) interchangeably and regardless of location. This portal was also launched at the onset of the Haiti earthquake and utilized by relief organizations.

Constructive Disruption: Advancing Social Change Through the Cloud

NTEN

The technology scene today is distinguished by the growing connectivity among devices, mobile phones, the PC, and the browser, which enable people and organizations to access information, communicate, and collaborate in more powerful ways. You will be able to use your phone, PC, and browser (sometimes TV) interchangeably and regardless of location. This portal was also launched at the onset of the Haiti earthquake and utilized by relief organizations.

Online Engagement and Giving: Making the Most of Real Numbers

NTEN

Prior to Haiti's record online giving, December 31, 2009 saw more than $19 million dollars given online in one day. Today's online consumer gives through a multitude of channels as 61 percent report mailing a check (most, after checking the website), 38 percent gave at an event, 17 percent used the Internet to sponsor a friend or family member in a run, walk or ride, and 16 percent responded to a phone call in addition to their personal online giving.1. Alan Cooke, Convio.

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Solutionary Women: Jessica Jackley Flannery of Kiva

Have Fun - Do Good

So they are the people that go and actually do the vetting, accept loan applications, do training if there is any--most of our partners do that--and actually distribute the funds, collect the repayments every few weeks, that sort of thing. When I got an opportunity in high school to travel a little bit, I went to Haiti with a church group, and that was the first time that I really saw abject poverty. It was just amazing to think, what if we left the cell phone here?

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