Just a backgrounder. I have been a Wikipedian for many-a-year (I created my user talk page in 2005). I was most active 2005-2008, working a lot on the Somali Civil War, radical extremism (Islamism, etc.), conflicts and history, but continue to do work on-and-off on a variety of topics.
My hope has been to elevate work that is done on Wikipedia and join it to more pro-active social movements to monitor and ameliorate global crises and conflicts.
I also created and managed social media communities around Hurricane Sandy, the Ebola crisis, Philippines Typhoons, and most recently the Nepal Earthquake.
This led to my creating GlobalCommit.org, which is admittedly in its early stages. The idea is to document crises using Wikipedia, yet to organize for response using whatever other social media communities are most appropriate for needs/offers, on-the-ground reports, sharing with wider communities (diaspora, donors, friends/relatives, SMEM, etc.).
Just checking in, and looking for peers and partners who want to join in with such efforts. Would love to hear from others to see what partnerships, funding opportunities, and sustained initiatives are possible.
This is a wikipedia related rant so I will put it here. All in one line :) So I was shopping today and as I was looking at a piece of foam, for the chair, I was thinking to myself "is this worth this much money?!". I think you agree if I say we are a consumer society (still), I wonder how much time we spend on knowing how much something worth. Market sets the price you say?! Yeah, but is that the right price?! You will pay as much as you want, have or willing to pay for something, but that has to do with the actual buying part. I am simply asking a product (service is more difficult to gauge) that is being made, shipped and sold, how much is that worth. Since shipping is different and markup is different, mainly manufacturing cost and guestimated shipping and markup. How would it change the way (or what) you buy if you knew it cost $4 to make and you pay $8 or you pay $28?! People who have a lot of money will not care. Product pages like Amazon is trying to help the seller so they wouldn't want to have any to do with this, but I don't like to be taking advantage of. So when it's in no one's interest to tell you the truth, that's when people like me band together, make a site, collect and share information that is good for us. Lot of products and lot of work I know, but would it worth it?! When people are trying to hide something, it's probably worth to uncover it. Probably more than just the price as I was just reading how the CheezeWhiz has no cheese in it any more. It used to! http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2015/01/cheese-cheez-whiz/ They try to get you any way they can. Is this what I want to spend my time with?! Rereading the ingredients to what I eat every year just to see if they are screwing with me?! Waiting for honorable business practices or fight back? That is the question ........
I would really expect more integration between TPO and Wikipedia. Example TPO could develop more like tool for Wikipedia forums and actual Post could be simple message like it is now - or in page form more like Wiki articles are now.
For comparsion Facebook have this feature to post Notes. Open question would be is this longer post stored in TPO or in new kind of social media Wikipedia article storage.