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Response #2: Examining the Role of Grassroots Communication in helping Philippines Cope with Disaster

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2009 at 11:32 pm

In the recent years, global disasters, specifically floods have inflicted much damage and suffering to those living around the world. Not since 2005, in the United States with Hurricane Katrina, have so many people seemed so helpless and in need of support than this weekend in the Philippines after Typhoon Ketsana.

The Washington Post reported that the government of Philippines has appealed for international help to deal with the aftermath of the devastating floods that have killed 240 and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless.

In an article posted by the New York Times, it states, “although the storm cut power, telephone and water supply in many areas, Internet connections were generally not affected. On Facebook and Twitter, many Filipinos called out for help and shared their grief. The social networks proved helpful as the hotlines of the government’s disaster agencies were swamped with calls.”

This power of social media networks, describes how people who were facing death and or are in need of serious help relied on forms of internet communications such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube to give details and create buzz of the disaster and the extent of the damage. After analyzing how fast news of the disaster was disseminated through the examples above, I began to think how a properly executed grassroots campaign could be implemented for the government of Philippines in order to raise funds to rebuild the broken lives of their citizens and move on from this catastrophe.

For thousands of years, humans have had to rely on governments, non-profit organizations and large summed donations from single parties for disaster relief efforts, if lucky enough to get aid. Now thanks to the Internet and social media applications, anyone who feels connected to an issue or wants to become a fan of an organization on Facebook can easily make an in-kind donation by touch of a button. Never before have people been so viral with news, video, and commentary from millions around the world on one platform, than Facebook.


Response #1: How Many Theses in The Cluetrain Manifesto?

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2009 at 3:12 am

Christopher Locke states, “This book tells a story. Four times. Many times. It is the story of how these things have happened — and some powerful hints about what could happen from here on out.”

This statement began my quest on finding the main goal of the book, which the author wanted readers to leave with since it’s repeated many times. And how this main theses will help mold our future in years to come.

With the creation of the Internet, people seemed to get information faster than ever before. Humans were used to finding news from television, radio, the community, friends, family, etc. But once the Internet was introduced it allowed there to be a new dialogue between 2 or more individuals where people were not afraid to ask questions and probe for more until eventually finding it.

This search for more knowledge affected more and more people due to the connection via the World Wide Web. This unique platform allowed multiple persons to search, read, write, and create subjects of interest all while on the Internet. Even though this new platform involved less face-to-face interaction, conversations between users grew and It seemed everyone had an opinion on something that allowed markets to grow as well.

After understanding the importance of the 1st theses “Markets are conversations”, I believe it is the one thesis in this book. The book touches on many different topics, but everything eventually goes back to that one statement. It’s the main voice of the book. The author reminds you that without a conversation nothing can be started and to start something you need a conversation between two human beings.

In history, markets were said to be the meeting grounds of all industries, so if there were no conversations among the traders, the farmers, the everyday person, then none of all the great ideas which were created would have been implemented. And we wouldn’t be able to build upon those to create new ways of thinking. I leave you with another quote that can better explain why my argument is true, stated by Christopher Locke, “The power of conversation goes well beyond its ability to affect consumers, business, and products. Market conversations can make — and unmake and remake — entire industries. We’re seeing it happen now. In fact, the Internet itself is an example of an industry built by pure conversation.”

The Kid Behind the $170 Million Website

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2009 at 3:06 pm

I can begin how jealous I am right now…..

Aaron Patzer launched Mint.com as a user-friendly alternative to Quicken and other personal-finance software out there. Little did he know that just two years later, Intuit, which makes Quicken, would fork over $170 million for his website. So how’d he do it? Find out here

Hello world!

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2009 at 1:10 am

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