The New Volunteers: Crowdsourcing And Disaster Response by Andy Carvin
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The New Volunteers: Crowdsourcing And Disaster Response
As recently as 10 years ago, the only way most of us could volunteer after a disaster was to either donate blood or money. But the Internet has changed all of that, making it possible for people to donate their technical skills, building tools that are literally saving lives during crises like the Haiti earthquake. NPR's Andy Carvin gives this whirlwind tour of how the Internet has changed volunteerism.
Carvin is the Senior Strategist at NPR; runs NPR's social media desk.Former director of the Digital Divide Network. Has helped coordinate online volunteer efforts in response to crises including 9-11, the Boxing Day Tsunami, Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav, and the Haiti earthquake. @acarvin, http://acarvin.posterous.com