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Power of Technology: Living in a Hyper-Connected World

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I decided to take a detour from the Twitter Series, and talk briefly about the power of technology.  Specifically,  the power of the mobile device in the humanitarian efforts across the globe.  I ran across the following TED presentation, and I think it demonstrates a very strong argument for the need to embrace technology in our ministries.  My favorite quote from the video states, “We are hurtling towards a hyper-connected world, where citizens from all cultures and all social strata will have access to smart, fast, mobile devices.”  Watch the video, and please comment on how your ministry will embrace technology in order to engage this new hyper-connected world.

Some Highlights

  • 6 million SMS sent during 7 days disaster preparedness campaign
  • 1.1 million ‘early warning’ SMS ahead of hurricane Tomas storm surges
  • Cholera: 2.1 million public health SMS sent.  Tens of thousands of calls to hotline.
  • Sexual Violence: 1,084,355 SMS delivered. 36,849 calls to the Red Cross *733. Approximately 361,452 people reached.
  • “Technology is transformational. Right across the developing world, citizens and communities are using technology to enable them to bring about change, positive change, within their own communities.”
  • “…10 times faster and 10 times cheaper than the traditional way of doing things.”
  • “We are hurtling towards a hyper-connected world, where citizens from all cultures and all social strata will have access to smart, fast, mobile devices.”