Digital Silk Road: How Technology Helps Activate Communities

Ushahidi builds tech tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories in a way that is disrupting the traditional way that information flows.

Heather Leson is the Director of Community Engagement at Ushahidi and at TEDxSilkRoad she will share how Technology helps activate communities, and how they can then help foster capacity and collaboration during an emergency.

Heather Leson, Ushahidi

Heather specifically focuses on strategies to interact better with Ushahidi’s non-tech users, and is passionate about community building and idea hacking.

Ushahidi, which means “testimony” in Swahili, was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. It’s being used primarily in Africa, but has also expanded into Europe, South America and the U.S.

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