Heather Leson heatherleson at gmail.com
Wed Jul 8 16:01:13 UTC 2015

Thanks so much all for your comments.

There are various groups in the MENA region who do open source projects. We
have Drupal and Creative Commons meetups in Doha.  There is an earnest
desire to learn and contribute. When I presented HOT's work to various
groups, people said that they would like to learn how to participate in a
global community and the activation projects. It is very much a
relationship based culture, so in person trainings and mapping would be
beneficial. This is why I am seeking allies.

In Qatar there is a nascent group of folks who review OSM. Some of them are
from my workplace, which is why I am excited to see what we can do in terms
of connecting people to OSM.

Regarding the World Humanitarian Youth Summit, this was something that the
UN planned. Personally I think it is great to get young people in the
region engaged in humanitarian discussions and be leaders. Reach out to
Asia and other groups have plans to that end. There is a large mobile tech
and youth population in this region. If you read the MENA consultation
documents you will see that there is really a need to support local
connection to global youth.

Thanks in advance if you have ideas that you want to post to this thread or
if you want to contact me offlist


Heather Leson
heatherleson at gmail.com
Twitter: HeatherLeson
Blog: textontechs.com

On Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 2:59 PM, Arch Arch <7h3.arch at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello Ahmed,
> I'm wondering if there is any country in the world which hasn't a skeleton
> in the closet. Maybe HOT should choose the moon as the next meeting
> location. Sorry for my cynicism.
> Am 08.07.2015 um 10:29 schrieb saigon2001:
>> Hello Heather,
>> AFAIK Qatar is a monarchy spending more money in doing disasters [1], than
>> in relief. Did you evaluate this in promoting Doha for a meeting on
>> crowdsourcing projects? Not to mention foreign workers conditions,
>> journalist jailing etc. IMHO volunteering and crowd activities are
>> inconsistent with a dynastic leadership.
>> I'm sorry for Qatari Red Crescent, but I think HOT OSM should avoid this
>> location.
>> yf,
>> Ahmed
>> [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_Arabian-led_intervention_in_Yemen
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