Patterns in Action

Patterns in Action
Feb 272015

I recently attended a workshop at the Seattle Emergency Management Hub on the use of social media as a channel for sharing information within and across neighborhoods in times of crisis.

In evaluating the workshop (which was done via hashtag, #snapSMEM), several learnings from the SE Seattle FreedomNet citizen journalism program came to mind, which are summarized and presented in the diagram below.

The learnings are organized into three areas: Tips and Techniques, Trust/Reputation Building, and Exploring a Lighthouse approach to tweet stream maintenance.

The diagram can be viewed by clicking on the following image:

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