It's often claimed that everyone's incentives need to be the same in any successful system. However, no communities or individuals are identical. Instead, our experience has taught us that users have wildly differing incentives and motivations.
Developing a deep level of empathy is important when designing for others on any project, but it felt even more so for this challenge. It was also important to understand the needs of aid organizations and the people on the ground working to help.
Π (or People's Intelligence) will make use of SMS or Speak to Tweet technologies to establish a conversation with victims and witnesses of mass atrocities, providing them with guidance and actionable information that will facilitate early warnings and targeted assistance.
People's Radio serves as an interesting thought experiment. How might we connect more robust and traditional communication systems such as landlines and radios to modern platforms like the Internet? Are there unexplored connections to be made?
The wording and tone of the question matters -- if you ask the wrong question you'll get the wrong solution, but so many of us spend a tiny fraction of our time framing the questions we're asking and even less time re-evaluating them over time.
How much more impact might your ideas have if they were easily shared and built upon by others? How many more ideas might you have if you were inspired by others' ideas? And how much more might you move from ideas to action with the encouragement of others?