Having been involved with both content creation and technology nearly all my life, I continue to be so excited with the progress. We can now deliver incredible bites of information to practically anyone in the world. Most of us want to learn, and I can assure you, people who don’t have the luxury of education, are the ones who want to learn even more. So, over the past couple of years, Maria Bello and I have been involved with creating a new model for learning and sharing of crisis information for the foundation I am on the board of We Advance – an online site that provides an informational approach/model on crisis information for communities. We Advance’s approach is to build a learning community within existing local communities. This will set up ‘tupperware-like’ party scenarios to emerge. These gatherings of people will allow for discussions and viewings of the videos.
As a co-founder of We Advance, one of my core focuses has been around creating an approach/model and system for communities to connect with one another. This has required listening to the communities and also studying latest technologies. We then figure out how they can help us deliver pertinent information in ways that are sensitive to broadband requirements and various different cultural requirements. Using both smart and basic mobile devices, people are able to share the information in numerous ways. To me the genius of technology today is the simplicity of it. When technology becomes invisible it is at its most innovative.
Therefore, when it comes to our site and approach we have concentrated on proven latest technologies and behaviors – for example:
- Providing free SMS and MSM messaging to connect communities together. SMS networks still work, even if the Wi-Fi connection shuts down.
- Our interface is through a universal platform – WordPress – this provides not only administration management but also the proven ability for effective collaboration
- YouTube hosts our videos. YouTube is universal and its interface is very easy. They are constantly aiming for faster and easier streaming of online videos. This will ensure any community worldwide can have access to our video library.
- The genius of women is they like to connect. Therefore, we leave the most ancient ways of connecting behavior to the women. They will know how to gather people, where to gather people and how to deliver and share engaging information. Haitian born board member of We Advance, Lolo Silvera, explains why this is important in Haiti and why it will work. Click here.
- Maria Bello, founder of We Advance, also explains the need and model. Click here.
We haven’t done this alone, and can’t do this alone, and so appreciate all the help. For those of you interested, please donate or participate. For example, every $10 provided will allow for people to connect via SMS texting and gather viewing groups. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. – C