The recent CoVid-19 global crisis is clearly a defining event of 21st century. Both global organizations (e.g. United Nations, World Health Organization) and countries all over the world were caught off-guard and are unable to ensure that every citizen who needs help is tended to given the hundred of millions of people affected by this crisis. We know that every person’s needs would be different ranging from food, household necessities, medical supplies, etc. Given the need to focus on the needs of the masses, governments would be unable to provide personalized help for people in dire need. How then can this problem be solved given the complexity of the situation?
Thankfully, the internet has already developed a model of online behavior known as “crowd-sourcing.” Reddit, one of the most famous crowdsourcing platforms, is comprised exclusively of user-generated content and allows users to reach out direct to other users (peer-to-peer/P2P) in order to interact, ask questions, share knowledge and so forth. There are currently 430 million “redditors” (reddit users) as of 2019. Can building a community such as this be viable to help solve the personalized problems of people current struggling to cope with the current crisis? We know people are willing to help in these times of need. But how do we create a tool to ensure that the process is both efficient and relevant.
What it does
The Crisis Forum was imagined as a way of connecting those in need of help in times of crises with those who are willing to help. These forms of help can come in the form of donations, manpower or knowledge sharing. Users on the forum will be then be placed into smaller and more relevant groups based on geographical factors to ensure that relevant help can be given. (similar to how “subreddits” work)
Ultimately, the goal of the forum is to provide individuals with: (1) the ability to reach out to the community and convey their personal needs, (2) ensure that those who are willing to help in these times of need have a relevant platform that guides the traffic. Given that these requests may sometimes even be a matter of life or death in some parts of the world, cutting the time and “red tape” when dealing with help from a national (government) level is even more crucial.
The shared economy model (AirBNB, Uber) has proven effective in meeting the everyday needs of individuals for basic necessities such as accommodation and transport. Why not use and adapt the same model in order to leverage the aggregated capabilities of communities?
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