Wouldn’t it be cool if instead of shuffling through a list of headlines or doing a search online to find a story about your organization’s work overseas in global health, poverty reduction or social justice you could just click on a map? Wouldn’t it be great if you could contact those living in the communities receiving aid to ask if it is actually helping make things better?
Yes, it would.
And that just happens to be what University of Washington geography and global health professor Matt Sparke has in mind.
Sparke, working with some of his highly intelligent students and colleagues (as well as the not-quite-so-intelligent-but-enthusiastic journalists here at Humanosphere), hopes to create an interactive online tool dubbed ChangeMap.
ChangeMap, in brief, will be an online interactive map published on Humanosphere but available to anyone interested in global health, aid, development and global justice to locate these initiatives. In addition, it will allow users to engage in dialogue with those working to make the world a better place — as well as those living in those places we seek to better.
As Sparke says:
How can we best map the work already being done in the name of global health and development? How can we use what we know about the ‘On the Ground’ successes, challenges and limits of this work to increase reach and impact?
We want to share ChangeMap with you! ChangeMap is aimed at increasing open accountability and discussion, and so it will also be totally open and available for donor review and comment as an online tool. The site is inherently shareable as an online resource, but it will also be teachable in the classroom such as in Intro to Global Health, which I teach at UW.
Sounds like a good idea to me, and one that will be of interest to Humanosphere readers as we seek to continue to build a collaborative community all working to tell these stories so rarely found in the mainstream media.
ChangeMap will, with your help, become central to creating community and improving dialogue on aid and development. Please read the full description at Microryza and consider donating a few bucks to help us get the ball rolling. We think a map is the perfect tool for making the local connections to global issues.