Monthly Archives: June 2011

Ushahidi: From Crisis to Community

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

I originally posted this article on the AWAREForum.org on June 29, 2011.

On June 17, 2011 the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) sponsored an event that brought together “crisis mappers” from the government, private sector, and from conflict zones around the world.  The two-hour discussion revolved around Ushahidi, a non-profit tech company that develops free and open source software for information collection, visualization, and interactive mapping.  In addition to the interest I have in new capabilities such as mapping crisis situations such as post-election violence, I also learned several lessons on how tools such as Ushahidi can be used to facilitate online discussions around emergencies. Continue reading

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