Today I helped out a bit doing some admin work, watched, documented and blogged about the amazing tech volunteers of the Crisis Commons Toronto division of the great non profit charity Crisis Commons.org . A group of people who decided to use their Saturday to help people half way across the globe who are going through a crisis.
From the “about page” on the Crisis Commons Website…
“Founded in March 2009 through an impromptu Tweetup at Government 2.0 Camp, a small band of idealists and innovators gathered to discuss the idea of a creating a common community through a mash-up of citizen volunteers, crisis response organizations, international humanitarian relief agencies, non-profits and the private sector. Within minutes, the CrisisCommons communitywas born and CrisisCamp events were created to unite communities, seek common ground and cultivate innovation in the use of technology for mobility and efficiency during crisis.”
Today’s camp was originally going to be dedicated to the relief efforts in Haiti. But another earthquake happened in the early morning, in Chile. So there was a change of plans to help the people of Chile during those very important and critical first few hours and days right after the crisis. A CBC writer and reporter was also in attendance.
I first heard about Crisis Commons during a seminar I attended called “Tweeting for Haiti” at ‘Social Media Week’ conference and the Toronto coordinator Heather Lesson was on the discussion panel. You could just see and feel how passionate and dedicated she was in helping those facing a crisis in Haiti (and elsewhere), by utilizing her skills and talents to assist where she can. Some people are just helpers and givers and she is one of those people. Some people say they want to help and give back, and from what I learned about how much she has given of her energies and time, she is definitely a ‘doer’ and not just a talker.
I said I would help by doing anything as long as it is not tech related (i.e. admin stuff, take pics and videos, take notes, pick up lunch, etc.) as long as I did not have to touch a computer beyond email and social media sites.
I am not very tech/computer literate, it is not my strength. Yes I know, hard to believe because I write a daily blog.
But I am just starting to get the hang of it…and very slowly & a little too slowly I might add (you can hear my frustration)!
I believe in the power of social media to help make positive changes, raise awareness of great non profit organizations and for fundraising efforts that we have recently seen for the earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.
Below is an interesting article about how a man raised money through social media…
\”How one man used social media to raise $91,\” 000 for charity\”
This is a great non profit organization, I have seen the the positive results of their efforts, I believe in and will support in whatever way I can.
If you can help, or know someone else who may be interested, please check their website/wiki page for a crisis camp chapter near you or you can start one, or the Toronto camps blog below
Crisis Camp T.O. Blog
There are a lot of good people in the world! And the people of Crisis Common are a perfect example of that.