Current Date: March 7th, 2010:
I am living somewhere on the country side in Uganda. I am working with communities mainly the youth to transform communities through sharing skills and use of technology. The youth identify the most pressing problems in their communities and together we find solutions to the problem.
Technology is very advanced and information sharing and communication is a lot easier. I am a co-founder of one of the biggest youth networks in the world. The mission this youth network which was founded in 2011 nearly nine (9) years ago is to create a world in which the youth share equal responsibilities in their communities - contribute towards social, economic and political development of their countries.
We have a very big online community where the youth interact virtually with fellow youth all around the world to share knowledge.
Over the nine years of our existence, we have built skills of the youth on our network. We have shared experiences and found solutions to global and local problems. We have volunteered and worked as ambassadors to in times of crisis.
Alchemy is calling - he needs my help with the Tokyo food crisis. I tell him that personally I can't afford to help as an individual. But I would love to help in anyway I can - have a group of youth to run to. I put the communication through quickly to the youth on the "online community". The youth are offering to volunteer manually and also to offer physical donations like food aid. Others are fund-raising already.
10 years ago (in 2010), I met Ms. Ory Okolloh through EVOKE as my hero; she is a social innovator - co founder of Ushahidi
. Today she is part of our online community and one of the youth mentors. She offers her tool - Ushahidi to help in compiling the aggregated data to determine how many people we need to help with food aid in Tokyo. The youth have already learned how to use the Ushahidi tool.
I call Alchemy back and I tell him the good news, that the youth I am working with are offering to help Tokyo in various ways. He is very excited. On our network (online community) we have youth from Tokyo. They are are also volunteering in coordinating the aid sent from different corners of the world. We start a discussion on "food security" to share skills and experiences.