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Tech for Good: Leveraging Mobile Technology in the Search for Missing Children

According to Brian Palmer, Slate magazine’s ‘chief explainer,’ it all started with a few pamphlets in the 1970s. At the time, police were often reluctant to intervene when noncustodial parents took off with their children, viewing these incidents as domestic disagreements rather than as kidnappings. Frustrated custodial parents decided to take matters into their own hands, distributing pamphlets containing photographs …

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L’Isle Verte Highlights the Importance (and Degree of Difficulty) of Emergency Planning at Seniors’ Homes

While the small Quebec town of L’Isle Verte mourns, recovery crews are painstakingly de-icing and picking through the wreckage of what remains of the Résidence du Havre seniors’ home. 32 people – seniors in their 80s and 90s – are presumed dead from a fire that ravaged the building late last Wednesday night in frigid and blustery winter conditions. It’s a …

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Drop the Bullhorn, Pick Up the Phone – A Better Way to Organize Volunteer Relief in a Crisis

On June 24, 2013, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, megaphone in hand, greeted a throng of up to 6000 eager volunteers assembled at McMahon Stadium. All were there to assist, wherever and however they could, in a city and a province reeling from the worst natural disaster ever in its recorded history. Floodwaters had submerged Calgary’s core, including its municipal offices, …

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The Essential Evolution of Internal Communications

Next to eating and procreating, the oldest, most fundamental aspect of being human is probably finding a way to let other humans know something important – or even just interesting. After all, humans are social beings, and the most basic element of any type of communication is all about sharing information to facilitate our social interaction. Let’s take a look …