“Social media is the future of early warning systems: …A popular local social media tool called AtmaGo has helped residents in both communities share early warning information on flooding. Used across Indonesia, it is estimated that in Jakarta this app could reduce property damage during a disaster by $324 per household per year for residents. It has also helped residents report littering, which is a major cause of flooding in the region.”
Resilience in 5 Words
For Atma CEO and Founder, resilience means bouncing back better than before. In a World Affairs panel presentation, Meena teamed up with Northern California Grantmakers, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and Asia Society Northern California for a presentation and workshop to discuss climate and disaster resilience. Meena had the chance to talk about what Atma is doing to prepare communities most impacted by climate change.
In June, Atma is headed to Tunisia to speak at the global Human Rights Conference, RightsCon. We will be on a panel titled, ‘From Failure to Hockeystick Growth – Human Centered Design and Lean Start-Up to Scale Social Impact’, talking about how Atma and other technology impact society and our human rights. We hope that to see you there!
In this video of AtmaGo user, Fajar, you can see exactly how building social connections is one of the most important ways to prepare and bounce back better than before.
Puerto Rico Expansion
We are so excited about our progress in Puerto Rico. Atma is expanding to the island this year to improve disaster risk reduction and recovery efforts, scale up social cohesion, improve economic development opportunities, and empower women to build their communities. Our Partnerships Coordinator, Natasha Mevs-Korff, has begun the relationship-building process by meeting with community based organizations such as Casa Pueblo and Taller Salud, who are both addressing resilience efforts at a community level. All of the organizations we met were excited about the potential of reaching a broader constituent base and impact with AtmaGo.