Un articolo su Mashable (Stati Uniti) durante “Summit” CrisisCamp di Washington.
L' CrisisCongress ha avuto luogo la scorsa settimana a Washington, DC. L'evento, uno convocazione di oltre 80 I leader tech-savvy provenienti da cinque paesi, mirano a creare soluzioni sociale basato sui media per aiutare le comunità colpiti da calamità, come il recente Haiti e terremoti Cile. Le soluzioni hanno spaziato da CrisisCamps ai wiki, e sono composte da veterani del gruppo di aiuto non-profit CrisisCommons.
Il Congresso, raccolte nel suo formato proprio campo, cercato modi migliori per fornire un aiuto ad entrambi i governi e cittadini di fronte a crisi. Moderato da Gunn Allen, un veterano di più 1,000 campi, il Congresso ha discusso una vasta gamma di argomenti, compreso quello che ha funzionato in passato, possibili strutture giuridiche, missione bilancio, e come meglio abbracciare culture internazionali. Ecco uno sguardo alle radici e il futuro della CrisisCommons attraverso il suo primo Congresso.
Perché CrisisCommons Works
CrisisCommons has inspired a huge swath of people from various global communities to come together to help. Whether it’s a hardcore coder building the Oil Reporter mobile app, a member of the Prova team, or a social media communicator, people with different skill sets connect and work without any personal agenda to achieve solutions that make a difference.
“First, we need to recognize that disasters have a way of bringing people together with a desire to help, whether it’s the Haiti earthquake or the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami,” said Andy Carvin, senior strategist at NPR and a CrisisCamp co-organizer. According to Carvin, it helps that the structure of CrisisCommons makes it familiar to the tech community. “Grassroots events like Barcamp and Podcamp have become very popular in the tech community, so when we announced our intention to have our first post-Haiti CrisisCamp, the concept made sense to many of the very people we hoped would participate.”
Within a year, CrisisCommons launched and built a dedicated community spanning 10 countries. Almost all of the original networking began online via social media tools, migrated to CrisisCamps, and eventually the Congress itself. According to Gael moschetto, charge d etudes, Departement Amenagement du Territoire in France, the reason the Camps were able to enjoy so much far-reaching success so quickly was that they were structured in a way where everyone could emulate everyone else, and learn from each other’s successes. “It is based on the power of the Internet () to show what we are doing, and how we are doing that,” he said. “That helps people to reproduce the methods of groups who have succeeded, and realize the same things in different cultures with the different languages. For me, things like wikis and Twitter () represent the power of the Internet.”
While social media has been instrumental in the success of organizing the camps, social media also plays to the speed necessary to create and deploy applications to the field during a disaster. “Crises and emergencies are incredibly precarious situations,” said Sloane Berrent, author of the Causemopolitan blog. “In New Orleans, we created a CrisisCamp in less than a week. In order to do that, we needed the community to come together. In today’s environment, that community includes online. Social media played a natural role in the recruitment and retainment of volunteers.”
Defining its Mission
The Congress was designed to maximize CrisisCommons’ ability to assist in the event of future disasters or humanitarian issues. Creating applications and tools for unique crises requires more than just getting a room of willing coders and communicators together. It requires government and NGO support, as well. One of the major goals of the Congress was to help the organization better prepare in advance of the next disaster or humanitarian crisis, rather than simple scrambling to react when disaster hits.
“[CrisisCongress] is our first step: Being in a room together talking about what happened and what’s next,” said Heather Leson, CrisisCommons founder, Canada. “[We're] Creating non-crisis events in advance by region, and locally to be ready for the next one. I am choked up by the fact that we are planning preparedness in our regions/countries for the next disaster or crisis. We are building our communities based on experiences from hosting CrisisCamp Chile and Haiti.”
CrisisCommons is also looking to learn from past mistakes and experiences. “In many ways we’re preparing for the next Haiti simply by learning how to organize these events and hosting them again and again,” said Carvin. “Meanwhile, some of our projects have disaster preparedness in mind as well as disaster response. Per esempio, our CrisisWiki.org project is designed so that anyone can add disaster-related resources to the wiki at any time … Then, if there’s a disaster nearby, it’s easy to pull together the resources, because many of them have already been curated there.”
Tuttavia, the future holds some challenges for CrisisCommons. The hardest part is moving from survival to sustainability, said Berrent: “CrisisCommons will have to look beyond the next crisis and into their own three to five year future. [L'] structure around building community chapters, working with international governments, and creating sustainable revenue models are serious endeavors…”
Musquet said that the biggest challenge was still to support younger countries unprepared for major disasters. With a growing organization committed to doing good, the challenge is one of bureaucracy and of scalability. “How do we keep our early starters and manage these diverse voices?” Leson asked. “Diversity in voices is important. I am excited for the journey.”