To focus on the potential future crisis identified with my dark site
, situations involving "active shooters" and "active threats" are a serious concern for university and college campuses. In my community, there are over 53,000 students, faculty and staff associated with the University of Illinois, and with the perpetrator of the Northern Illinois University shooting having been a social work graduate student from the University of Illinois, such a crisis is unfortunately a very realistic threat.
(a crowdsourcing project that provides a means for local observers to submit reports using their mobile phones or the internet) could help build social trust (willingness to share information and resources) and civic engagement (solutions designed and carried out by citizens) in facing such a crisis with resilience. By that it is meant Ushahidi could not only help the community take an active role in adapting and growing from the crisis but also provide a knowledge share for other communities in preparing for such a threat. Such examples of knowledge share and the impact they could have include:
1) Live streaming up-to-date reports: Amidst the crisis, live reports from community members could not only aid other community members in knowing what is occurring and where the events are taking place--furthering everyone's safety--but also the emergency response teams in reaching those in harm's way. In addition, families and friends of those in the community would not be left in the dark in regard to the events unfolding.
2) Post-mapping and analysis: Pooling the reports together, a better understanding could be made of how the situation came to be, how the events unfolded, and how the crisis was resolved. Such understanding could provide insight for future developments and preparation not just for this university but for any campus. Data would include information on structural settings (i.e. ability to lock-down campus; sufficiency of current exits and secure locations), response personnel (i.e. placement and training of security), and community involvement (i.e. how people dealt with the threat). Knowing the effectiveness of aspects among these three components could improve individual and community safety in adapting and developing local services and policies.
**Perhaps most of all, though, trust and engagement gained through the process would prove to be most beneficial in building a more resilient city, just by bringing the community together in more ways than before.