Dr. King’s Message is Still Relevant for All

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deutsch: 1964: Martin Luther King Português: Martin Luther King (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since 1999, I have had the privilege of being involved with the organizing and planning for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Over the years, I have often received questions from MLK Day organizers about engaging more people of different racial or ethnic groups—whites, African Americans, and Latinos. The question varies:

How do we engage groups that don’t feel the day has relevance for them? How do we engage groups who fear that participating in MLK …read more

Crowdmapping for Social Change

Cross-posted from ResourcesNow.org

In 1854, John Snow plotted cholera deaths on a map of London’s Soho district to determine the cause of a deadly epidemic sweeping the community. By mapping the geography of the outbreak,Snow was able to successfully pinpoint the cause;argue for public action to disengage the source,and stop the epidemic.

Today,nearly 160 years later, communities don’t need to wait for the external intervention of an expert like John Snow. Social media,mobile technology,and free and open source tools such as CrowdMap, Ushahidi Platform,and Open Street Map have made it possible for anyone to …read more