Thursday, July 1, 2010

being good to each other is clever

11:44 - 

great capture of the same idea - focused specifically to educators via Gregory Hill at El Parque Nuez
he references Clay Shirky's June 2010 Ted:
single idea from ori akola sp? - to 2 programmers (72 hours later) launched in jan 2008 - then open sourced.  
used in mexico, washington dc, haiti, .. ushahidi has gone worldwide in less that 3 years.
a crisis map

takes tacit info available to everyone and aggregates (no one person knows what everyone knows) it and makes it public

Ushahidi (witness or testimony): 
not possible w/o 
digital tech or 
human generosity

cognitive surplus - the new design resource
 the ability of the world pop to volunteer on global projects
1) world's free time and talents (over a trillion hours a year to commit to free time)
2) we like to create and we like to share

the gap is between doing anything and doing nothing
shared source:  design for generosity

lolcats is communal value
ushahidi is civic valuegoals are not just to make life better for participants - but for everyone in society.

civic value is not just a side effect of opening up to human motivation
there are a trillion hours a year of participatory value up for grabs...
organizations designed 
around a culture of 
can achieve incredible 
effects without a grand 
amount of overhead - 

free cultures get what they celebrate - Dean Kamen

let's celebrate civic value

on july 14:
adding on Hans Rosling's june 2010 Ted... 
very similar to his office chat:  
let's do it because it's possible

The world's population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years -- and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth. 

we can have a just population. it is possible.