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Ben’s thoughts on crisis mapping

My name is Ben, and I am a first-year undergraduate here at Tufts University. During the summer of 2008, I took on a volunteer opportunity in the city of Mianzhu, near the epicenter of China’s Wenchuan Earthquake. The Wenchuan Earthquake was the 21st deadliest earthquake in known history, measured at 8.0Ms, taking the lives of almost 70,000 people. I arrived with a few friends approximately two months after the initial shock, as a member of the Jiangsu Province relief team, and we were put in charge of interacting with some child survivors at a temporary tent school on an abandoned street in the city. At the time, I was a high school student attending an expensive international school in the affluent suburbs of Shanghai, the largest and probably one of the most … Read entire article »

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Why Crisis Mapping?…

So I’d graduated from college, moved a few miles away into Cambridge, started dabbling with the whole “working-world” thing… and it was a lot of fun! To have free time to explore, to try new things, and generally just to live life for myself was both exciting and exhilarating. I was meeting new people, discovering new coffee shops, going to ICA gallery openings, checking to-dos off the bucket list, and able to listen to NPR every morning. It was incredible to feel how seemingly overnight — now that I could be described by both the titles ‘BA’ and ‘Marketing Manager’ — I had been inducted respectfully into the world of adulthood. With all of the newness I really felt myself grow. Well, about three months later the newness started to wear … Read entire article »

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Why learn about crisis mapping

Being a Senior, I spent much of winter break searching job listings on iNGO websites. I’m looking for a field position in the Middle East. One of the listings I considered was an entry level field volunteer position,  The online application included questions about training in and knowledge about disaster response procedures and technologies. When I found myself answering “none” to every single question, well… it was sad. When I saw this crisis mapping class listed on the Excollege website in early January, I knew I wanted to take it. I didn’t even know what crisis mapping was, yet I was excited for this class. It sounded very hands on and geared towards acquiring practical skills. I am currently feeling like I’ll only be qualified to write a paper when I … Read entire article »

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Blog post 1: It has so many applications

I wanted to take this course mostly because it is the type of work that I want to go into. At Tufts I am a sophomore double majoring in International Relations and Community Health. Over the past few years, I have found that my interests lie in the field of global development, with a specific focus on global health. While humanitarian aid is different from development in a couple different ways, there is definitely an overlap between the two. I think that crisis mapping is an excellent method that can be used to really help people that are in need The technology that can be used from such a grass roots base can go a long way towards tackling a number of different things. I think that this class will be … Read entire article »

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Why Crisis Mapping?

I chose to take this class primarily because it was something that I had never heard of before. I liked the idea of crisis mapping because I realized that it was an up-and-coming field, which utilized practical skills and forced people to think in different ways. I thought that to be able to crisis map would be a unique skill which would give me a different perspective on some situations, and in general would set me apart from others when I do finally enter the professional world for real. While I can certainly get by using technology, I also liked the idea of working with technology in new ways and becoming more adept in general with the various functions of computers and maps. My math major/computer engineer dad also really … Read entire article »

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Why a Crisis Mapping Class?

My name is Maha Mian, and I’m a freshman here at Tufts University. I was born in Staten Island, NY, but I’ve lived most of my life on Long Island. Though I come from a small town, I have seen quite a bit of the world. My family is Pakistani; as a result, I’ve spent my fair share of summers in Pakistan. Over the years, I’ve seen the country go through so many horrifying ecological and political problems, and they only seem to get worse with time. Every time I go, I think a lot about how the people of the country rally and attempt to recover for each unique disaster. When I saw the description for a crisis mapping class in the ExCollege, I was at first confused as … Read entire article »

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Madeline’s blog post

I chose to take this class mainly because the title seemed interesting and I knew absolutely nothing about the subject. I’m planning on majoring in english and environmental studies with a minor in media studies and this subject has nothing to do with my areas of interest in school. However, I am really interested in how social media could be used for good and helping people, and this class definitely seems like it could help me explore that.I haven’t really taken any courses with potential like this one has. I don’t have anything specifically that I want to get out of this class. I want to learn a new skill that’s actually useful in the real world and that could be used to help people. I don’t feel like any class … Read entire article »

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