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Group Dynamics, Volunteer Management, and Crisis Mapping

Moroccan Red Crescent The inherent collaborative nature of crisis mapping and its reliance on a network of both professional and civilian workers has both its benefits and its challenges.  From our practical experiences working on class assignments and our crisis simulation, as well as from accounts drawn from the blogs of more established crisis mappers, we have quickly become familiar with the advantages, as well as the drawbacks, of a multi-member response team. One advantage of the cooperative nature of crisis mapping is the efficiency that results from the ability to mobilize a mass of volunteers, sometimes numbering in the tens of thousands, who can respond to crises immediately.  In his blog post, Patrick Meier describes this massive force: …in the wake of the Haiti earthquake…more than a thousand Creole-speaking volunteers in no … Read entire article »

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So why a crisis mapping class?

Our second crisis mapping class meets tomorrow and I have spent the weekend reading blog posts, answering emails, and watching the students begin to join the wider crisis mapping community. I don’t know if every professor has the luxury that Jennifer and I are experiencing through teaching this class, and that is genuine excitement. In their blog posts and questions, it’s clear that each student is excited about the potential of this field for their own reasons; or they are excited about learning how to realize the potential of this field. I don’t know if the professors of Abstract Algebra get the same reception. I’m going to guess probably not. Although I’m sure you can read through the course documents and get a feel for the course, I want to spend a … Read entire article »

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No class tonight

So it seems that even weather can get in the way of crisis mappers. Our first class is canceled due to snow, but stay tuned for more information on when the session actually will be. … Read entire article »

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First Class Details

Hello future Crisis Mappers! It was fantastic to meet most of you at the information session last week, and we are looking forward to our first class on Tuesday. Note the room change to East 016. Please come to class prepared to discuss the readings for the first class.  These readings can be found on the class web site, under “Course Information” –> “Class 1”.  You should have already received an email with login information for accessing the protected areas. If you did not receive this, please email Roz for help. You will need to change your password immediately upon logging in for the first time. Note that all assignments listed under class 1 on the website are to be completed for class 1.  For this Tuesday, you are required only to complete the … Read entire article »

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Welcome to the class

Welcome to the class website of the Tufts University Experimental College Course – Crisis Mapping: Technology, Resources, and Disaster Relief. This blog will serve as a medium for the students to share their work with the wider crisis mapping and academic communities. Please feel free to comment or just read along – it should be an interesting semester. … Read entire article »

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