“[PetaBencana.id] is a paradigmatic example of using the Internet to connect groups of people so they can share knowledge. [PetaBencana.id] confirms what we have long understood: expertise rooted in local knowledge and lived experience is widely distributed across society. Social platforms allow us to combine and scale this intelligence to aggregate knowledge, share work and increasingly, to solve problems collaboratively.”
A recent report published by The GovLab (an action research center based at New York University) and UK-based Nesta Foundation, features PetaBencana.id as one of 30 exemplary case studies demonstrating the commendable use of collective intelligence to address public challenges. As part of a larger undertaking of research on collective intelligence, the report argues that collective intelligence can support better and more inclusive public services. The research highlights case studies from around the world using technology to harness ideas and skills from the public, and presents this collaborative methodology as a critical component of addressing our most pressing challenges today. The full research documentation can be accessed at: https://www.thegovlab.org/collective-intelligence.html
Earlier this year, the GovLab also featured PetaBencana.id as part of their “Collective Crisis Intelligence” course. Initially launched to inform the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the free course includes lessons applicable for future disaster relief efforts. Each lecture features an organization that has successfully learned how to harness technology to engage public participation in emergency response.
PetaBencana.id is grateful to be featured among exemplary case studies from around the world, and we commend all residents of Indonesia for demonstrating the strength of shared intelligence in the spirit of gotong-royong! As demonstrated in many of these case studies, it is collaboration that enables practices of adaptation and endurance. PetaBencana.id is possible through the collaboration of several partners, and operates together with the larger ecosystem of disaster risk reduction tools and programs aimed to support disaster response. Funded by USAID BHA as a component of the Pacific Disaster Center’s InAWARE program, the platform is made possible through a collaboration with several partners including the Humanitarian Open Street Map Team, the National Emergency Management Agency (BNPB), the Jakarta Emergency Mangagement Agency (BPBD DKI Jakarta), Twitter, Mapbox, Qlue, and PasangMata. We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively to continue to #ReduceRiskTogether!