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Patrick Meier (PhD) is an internationally recognized thought leader on the application of new technologies for positive social change. He serves as Director of Social Innovation at the Qatar Foundation’s Computing Research Institute and previously co-founded CrisisMappers, Digital Humanitarians and the Standby Volunteer Task Force (SBTF). Patrick also co-founded and co-directed Harvard’s Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning and served as Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi. He has consulted extensively for major international organizations and is an accomplished speaker. Patrick also authors the widely respected iRevolution blog and tweets at @patrickmeier.

Social Media: Pulse of the Planet?

In 2010, Hillary Clinton described social media as a new nervous system for our planet. So can the pulse of the planet be captured by looking at social media activity?

Digital Disaster Response to Typhoon Pablo

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) activated the Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) on December 5th at 3pm Geneva time (9am New York). The activation request? To collect all relevant tweets about Typhoon Pablo posted on December 4th and 5th; identify pictures and videos of damage/flooding shared in those tweets; geo-locate, time-stamp and categorize this content.

How the Search for Genghis Khan Helped the United Nations Map Refugees in Somalia

National Geographic has been exploring new worlds for well over a hundred years. In the present century, these new worlds include digital worlds—the next frontier of exploration. Take National Geographic’s recent digital expedition in Mongolia. The “Valley of the Khans Project” represents a new approach to archeology that gives us each the opportunity to be a digital Indiana Jones by searching for the tomb of Genghis Khan using the World Wide Web. The very same technologies can also turn us into digital humanitarians in support of the United Nations (UN). Here’s a story about how National Geographic’s digital expedition in Mongolia inspired the UN during their humanitarian response operations in Somalia.

How Crisis Mapping Saved Lives in Haiti

The National Geographic Society has a long history of crisis mapping disasters. But what happened in Haiti on January 12, 2010 would forever change the very concept of a crisis map.

Back to the Future: On National Geographic and Crisis Mapping

National Geographic pioneered the use of crisis maps in the 1800′s and 1900′s. Today, live crisis maps are in more demand than ever. Indeed, to map the world is to change it. And to map the world live, is to change it before it’s too late.