Tag Archives: American Red Cross

After the quake: crowdsourcing Japan

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… satisfyingly democratic about the way Crowdrise gives every fundraiser equal space. So the American Red Cross is listed next to sponsored fun runs and lemonade stands. Together, crowd efforts have raised over $200,000 so far.

As the Japanese proverb (and this could be a motto for crowdsourcing in general) goes: “Virtue is not knowing but doing”.

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A Ray of Sunshine

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… to help directly. NGOs like Oxfam, the Clinton Foundation, Plan International, and American Red Cross are this minute benefiting from Ushahidi data in the field in Haiti.

At a relative’s work last week, they organized a bake sale – which is a somewhat more traditional way to help those in need in Haiti (and from which I again benefit indirectly). This is all well and good and hopefully when the money in the cookie jar eventually finds its way to the right pockets it …

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Riot in a crowded street

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… this). Take Foursquare itself: in November, as well as the rioters, the site was used by the American Red Cross to encourage blood donation and Feeding America to raise awareness about hunger relief over Thanksgiving. But still, it’s both inevitable and disturbing that, once you release powerful, mass management, crowdsourcing tools like Groundcrew and Foursquare, somebody, somewhere’s going to use them to mastermind riots and mobilize revolts. Of course, protest isn’t …


Every murder draws a crowd: Homicide Watch DC

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… deficiencies and biases that have long been evident in reporting. Commenting on Homicide Watch, American writer Clay Shirky points out that “The old saying for New York papers was not to bother covering murders north of 96th street, where the victims were almost certainly black… news organizations aren’t generally in the business of introducing their readers to the realities of life elsewhere in their town.”

Homicide Watch covers everything, without favor. Journalism on this …

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Crowdfunding the future: Mad science, bad science, and the Tesla Museum

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Tesla has been a source of inspiration to geeks of all types for over a century. The Serbian-American electro-wizard transformed the world with his development of alternating current (and inspired direct current supporter Thomas Edison to electrocute an elephant ), before vanishing into madness and obscurity.

If you’re interested in crowdfunding, you’ll probably know all about Operation: Let’s build a Goddamn Tesla Museum, which has become one of crowdfunding’s most …