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Resilience is the capacity for a city and all its components to recover quickly from shocks or stresses, such as natural disasters, and to grow and thrive during good times. The ability of citizens and governments to share information about these stresses, shocks, and the responses to them to improve decision making and grow smarter is at the heart the Resilience Network Initiative (RNI): a partnership between Ushahidi and the Rockefeller Foundation. RNI …

“The Mecca for Women in Tech” – That’s what Linda terms the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing to be. It probably is :). Linda, Chris, Brian and I had the honor of being able to attend this year’s celebration in Phoenix, Arizona.

Chris introduces the students to CrisisNET

For the first time this year, Open Source Day decided to host a session committed to helping women grow their skills and interest …

A lot of exciting things have been happening behind the scenes at Crowdmap since I joined the team earlier this year. I’ve been building software products and services for over a decade and, in my humble opinion, we’re doing some really cool things here. For those unfamiliar with Crowdmap.com, it’s the only map-making tool that allows you to simply and collaboratively track any event on a map using social media, sms, email, or the …

Just over one year ago Nairobi was jolted by the attacks at Westgate Mall.

Half of our global team (of now about 35)  are located in Nairobi so to say this hit close to home is both an emotional and a literal statement. We could go into the details of just how closely but instead we are reminded how blessed we are no one on the team or their families were killed or hurt in …

Cross posted from the Making All Voices Count Blog. See original article here.

“Use of technology for social impact presents yet another power struggle, if women are not active players and shapers of the new opportunities arising ” – Making All Voices Count Programme Officer Hyshyama Hamin.

Today, access to technology and the ability to navigate digital tools, is key to participation and expression in “civic” space. As important conversations increasingly occur …

Cross posted from the Making All Voices Count Blog. View original article here

While democracies share common features, there is no single model and the same is true for innovations designed to engage citizens and incentivise better governance.

On the International Day of Democracy September 15, Making All Voices Count, a global initiative that aims to foster and support new ideas to enable better citizen engagement and government responsiveness, will …

Cross-posted from the Making All Voices Count Blog. View the original article here.

The Global Innovation Competition (GIC) is a central part of the Making All Voices Count programme, aimed at supporting effective democratic governance and accountability. Its competitive nature is intended to bring out the most innovative and inspiring ideas for 12 key countries, which radically rethink the routes to accountable responsive governance. Having completed the first Global Innovation