Press "Enter" to skip to content

Tag: communication

Crisis Communication is Ushahidi

It began as a collaboration of journalists during the Kenyan post-election violence in early 2008. Now, Ushahidi is taking collaboration to a whole new level with the Haiti Ushahidi site. Unless you have been living under a rock the past few days, you should know that Haiti requires a massive humanitarian effort in the wake of the 7.0 earthquake on January 12. We cannot all rush to Haiti to clear away rubble to help find survivors. However, you can help through the Ushahidi and Crisis Mapping Network projects. How you – or your friends – can help The Crisis Mapping Network is defined as “Leveraging mobile platforms, computational linguistics, geospatial technologies, and visual analytics to power effective early warning for rapid response to complex humanitarian emergencies.” Ushahidi is the Swahili word for “testimony”. (Re-read the title of my blog post with that in mind.) In other words: rapid-response crisis communication.…

Comments closed

My non-elevator pitch

Because I do dive into crazy tasks when I already have way too much to do, it is only natural that I dive into ProBlogger’s challenge to build a better blog in 31 days. The challenge of the first day is to write an elevator pitch. Ugh. This is not a business blog. However, as “we all know”, your online presence is used by people to form an opinion of what you do and who you are. I have lived in the virtual world for many years, meaning, I have participated in discussion lists online for many years and I have a website where I can post whatever I choose to post. I did freelance several years ago, and then my website was a business site. Now, it is just me. How do you say “I am me” in an elevator pitch and not sound like a fool? Elevator pitches…


I’m tweeting

Yes, I tweet. On November 12, 2008, I joined Twitter and began to chirp with everyone else in Twitterville. Twitter is often called microblogging, that is, short posts of maximum 140 characters. I’ll let the Common Craft show explain Twitter in Plain English. You can find me on Twitter as @kmdk. Actually, my debut on Twitter was November 2, 2008 with @stcaccess. It was a move to promote the