The Digital Humanitarian: How Big Data and Crisis Mapping Are Changing the Face of Disaster Relief with National Geographic Explorer Patrick Meier

May 6, 2013
Hosted by Kate Ebner

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When a devastating earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, killing upwards of 220,000 people and injuring many more, Patrick Meier was horrified and wanted to help. Rather than donating to a disaster relief organization, like many people did, Patrick made a map. Through analyzing user-generated data from social media produced by people on the ground in Haiti, Patrick was able map important aspects of the crisis in close to "real time." Seeing this data helped humanitarian workers quickly answer questions, such as, “Which areas lack access to water? What neighborhoods have run out of medical supplies?” Today, anyone who can read and click a mouse can make a difference in the aftermath of a crisis, thanks to Patrick’s pioneering work in the new field of crisis mapping. Join Host Kate Ebner to learn more about what it means to be a humanitarian in the digital age and discover how artificial intelligence is changing the face of disaster relief.

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Top leadership coach Kate Ebner invites people to be visionary. Founder of The Nebo Company, a leadership consultancy based in Washington, D.C., Kate teaches leaders how to use vision as a powerful and practical tool for manifesting the important changes they want to see. Kate works with senior executives and teams at Fortune 500 corporations, non-profits, social entrepreneurs and government agencies who are leading significant change, helping them to thrive in their careers and find greater fulfillment and satisfaction in life.

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