this ought to have been one of the great gains of a world of bringing down degrees of separation but governments and big research institutes havent been proactive invoilving the people to watch out for warning signs and then after the event have set up expensive bureauracies- think asian tsunami 2004, katrina, japan nuclear tsunami 2011


can open infrared help? -extract of discussion from peer risk group

diary march 2013- travelling to boston to meet open infrared team - is it ok if arrange for exactly one of them to het in touch with you by skype- there seem to be 3 starting conversatinos:

1 generally how  open infrared help a country like bangladesh

2 is there a way that open infrared and brac could help each othyer

3 ditto ilab



Arlene Ducao

Arlene is OpenIR’s overall coordinator, and her technical focus is on interpretive user interface. She is an Ida Green Fellow in the MIT Media Lab’s Information Ecology group and is also a co-founder and principal of The DuKode Studio. She holds an MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts, and a BS and BM from the University of Maryland. A Filipino-American, Arlene recently returned from Bangalore and seeks ways to improve environmental services in South and Southeast Asia.

Ilia Koen

Ilias focuses on IR satellite data acquisition, processing, and delivery. He is a co-founder and principal of The DuKode Studio. In 2005, he received an MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts. He was born in Athens, Greece, and received a BFA at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He is always interested in technologies and art forms that can enhance visual cognition.

Juhee Bae

Juhee researches usability issues via community outreach. She works as an Associate Researcher with The DuKode Studio, and she is an MIT student majoring in Civil Engineering and Urban Studies and Planning. She’s highly experienced in community outreach projects, having worked with communities in Boston, New Orleans, rural India, South Africa, and Panama, and she is familiar with several different types of GIS software. She is very interested in bringing OpenIR to the general public, particularly to developing regions.

Barry Beagen

Barry is originally from Indonesia and currently a 2nd year MArch student at MIT. He joined OpenIR through James Wescoat’s Disaster Resilient Design seminar, and he is studying a variety of available technologies in Flood Risk mapping. Barry has extensive planning and community development experience in Indonesia, and will help OpenIR to develop its co-design approach in the field.

Nori Hirashima

Nori is developing OpenIR’s foward analysis and sustainable financial strategy. He is a 2nd year student at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and his background is in venture capital initiation and brokering.

Stephanie New

Stephanie is working on OpenIR’s Ushahidi Plugin project, geospatial server evaluation, drawing tools, and data validation. At MIT, she’s pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Having spent time in her parent’s native Malaysia, Stephanie has been exposed to the problems of developing economies, such as their disappearing resources and lack of clean water. She hopes to make a positive impact through OpenIR.

Srinidhi Viswanathan

Srinidhi entered MIT with a strong background in environmental and biological science research (specifically focused on oil spill remediation). For OpenIR, she is implementing code-level event tracking and analytics, and hopes to use this data to better adapt the mapping software to suit public needs. Srinidhi is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.

Abdulaziz Alghunaim [Winter-Summer 2012]

Abdulaziz developed OpenIR’s server capabilities and autometed data a risk-map processing. He works as an Associate Software Engineer with The DuKode Studio, and he is a student at MIT pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He grew up in Saudi Arabia, which gave him international exposure. While abroad, he was involved with national plans to enrich the Arabic digital content on the web, specifically games and multimedia. Abdulaziz is interested in systems, robotics, and artificial intelligence.

Community Partners


UN Global Pulse

Global Pulse is an innovation initiative of the UN Secretary-General, harnessing today’s new world of digital data and real-time analytics to gain a better understanding of changes in human well-being.


Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team [H.O.T.] is a new initiative to apply the principles of open source and open data sharing towards humanitarian response and economic development.

Harry Surjadi

Harry Surjadi is a Knight International Journalism Fellow launching a mobile environmental news service for rural Indonesians with little access to information. He works with Ruai TV and REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) in Kalimantan and Aceh.

Technical Partner


Google Earth Engine

OpenIR is a Trusted Tester for Google Earth Engine, which brings together the world’s satellite imagery and makes it available online with tools for scientists, independent researchers, and nations to mine this massive warehouse of data to detect changes, map trends and quantify differences on the Earth’s surface.


Henry Holtzman

MIT Media Lab Chief Knowledge Officer

Steve Chan

IBM Network Science Research Center Director

Jeff Warren

Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOTS) Co-Founder

Juliana Rotich

Ushahidi Co-Founder, Executive Director

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to charter- back in the late 1980s a group of us started asking how can the world's greatest visions (1) in terms of advancing the human lot be organised so that everyone passionate about a goal can network around it

we welcome all practitioners and youthful learners to the compass of

 what's the biggest purpose you want to see networked during life time?

ER ECONOMICS & CHARTER help design futures peoples want most- we mobilise and app entrepreneurial economics principle of action futures now to invest in longer-term prosperity that win-win-win models compound

major innovation tools linked in by charter profession include - jobscompetitions; open space ; grounded theory of opinion research; collaboration cafe; collaboration city searches - example-

also 12 grades of practising email- and such k-12 methods as new zealand has liberated since 1984 at - for evolution of digital structures since 1984 see Gordon Dryden paperfor journal of pro-youth economics and social business


please note that CHARTER like most methods that Entrepreneurial Revolution fans have spent 40 years working on since The Economist first announced ER challenges: while there is a minimal process of facilitating charters- its contextual. Try one out -q1 who in the world will uniquely miss what if we fail on the most valuable www project we know of: namely how do find 5000 youth of net generation whose collaborations can sustain growth through global villages faster than 5000 big bankers/politicos can collapse communities

- video on this challenge televised by new york's bronx tv as follow up to yunus launch talk of youth economics 2008

related yout economics projects: help find 100 leaders who value view that 2010s can be youth's most productive decade ; help innovate audits of all trillion dolar markets- eg health, edu, nutrition, media for the purpose eoples want most

charter is a collaboration leadership tool developed by Macrae Family from late 80s with 2 particular perspectives:

an entreprenurial competence of media people is to help communities question and answer what futures people want most in the most transparent and cross-cultural ways

in reserach for von neumann's biography- we valued his question - in a networking age what tools will people who want to have a good impact on maximum numbers of people use given that they will probaly be asked to help with 50 projects at a time each of whose computing anyaltics will be getting faster nd faster

while charering was intended to be a communications tool for maxiising involveent in progressing a huge goal , it turned out that the most central question oof all chartering is also the most central question for all goodwill audits including those that:

celebrate transparency

modl sustainable growth (as well as risk of collapse) as needing audits of exponential impact which are already spinning the future depending n relationship investments already made

wish to see if abundancy economics odleing eg how knowledge multiolies value in use can be much more valuable than 20th c scarcity econoics caused by consuming up things

like other tools that value open colaboration, anyone's quesstion can be valuable - note how a 9 year old asked the best question among over 1000 New yorkers at this january 2008 briefing

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