How Haiti’s Earthquake Inspired LinkedIn’s Skill-based Volunteer Marketplace
The secret is out! Our May issue is now live and available in its entirety for your viewing, reading, and sharing pleasure, free of charge, right here.
Congrats to 2009 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow Josh Nesbit on his feature in Fast Company. A full version of the article appears in the May print edition.
“AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE in Haiti, we had to use the technology that was in everyone’s hands, the mobile phone, and the technology that would work with a very limited network, SMS. A small group of people inside State realized the importance of a simple and swift tech intervention, and they got the support we needed. We leveraged a network of 2,500 Creole-speaking volunteers to log, map, categorize, and translate 80,000 text messages in six weeks. The most common word was help. The second most common was please. Later, State included me on a delegation to Colombia. My lens was health care and mobile, which is pretty broad, so I was able to identify needs at the Justice Houses and land-mine-victim assistance.”