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Social Innovation (mission 1 act)

As you can see from my last post, i am a big fan of open information networks and open educational systems.

as browsed through the list of social innovators provided, i thought about some that i already shadow.
cory doctorow (craphound.com boingboing.net), electronics rights advocate and chamion of creative commons.
or maybe the mendeley software team (mendeley.com), the group who brought us free software to organize and research scientific peer reviewed journals.

but i wanted someone new to shadow. it wouldn't be much of an action if i looked at the same stuff i always looked at.

Ory Okolloh is helped create some software, Ushahidi (Swahili for 'testimony') that really caught my eye.
Ushahidi (www.ushahidi.com) is open source software that uses crowdsourcing to create a real time mapping of social activism activities.

well now, that sounds pretty cool. open information, real time access to whats going on, geolacative tagging, i'm all for that sort of thing.

i've already downloaded the software while i wrote this post. its small, lightweight. once i send this post off, i'm going to learn how to install it. by the time this page refreshes, i will have added Okolloh (@kenyanpundit) to my twitter account...

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Comment by Antti Kirjavainen on March 10, 2010 at 11:22am
Good choice! I also thought briefly about shadowing Ms. Ory Okolloh, but then chose otherwise as I saw she already has a strong following on Evoke.

I admire her work of making Kenyan politicians accountable. I think that is inspirational for everyone, not just for citizens of African nations. Everywhere we have corrupt or simply lackadaisical politicians who would benefit from the feeling of being held accountable.


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