Tuesday, November 29, 2011

SMEM leaders: a Holiday series

The Holidays are a good time to take a breath, look around and realize what you've accomplished during the year that's ending. It's also a good occasion to praise to the hard work and contribution of those who make the broad smem (social media in emergency management) movement an ongoing source of inspiration for many of us. To get an idea, check out the #smem hashtag on Twitter.

Whether they are using social media as crisis communications tools, lauding the benefits of crowdsourcing and crisis mapping in disasters, pushing the envelope on the use of social network in emergency preparedness and recovery, a group of writers make their blogs, twitter and/or Facebook accounts, websites, wikis and others, true destinations of choice.

Over the course of the next few weeks, my colleagues Kim Stephens (author of Idisaster 2.0) and James Garrow (writer of The Face of the Matter blog) and I, will each come up with various lists of SMEM destinations we find worth visiting on the web. Eventually, just before the new year (we hope !) and after much debate, we will collectively come up with a list of TOP 10 SMEM destinations ...

Yes, we already apologize for those who'll be left out! But that in no way minimizes the contribution of all those who are promoting the integration of social media into emergency management, crisis communications and humanitarian assistance.

I can always be bribed with fine wine ... just kidding! We hope you'll find our efforts interesting.

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