[HOT] Activation Coordination Courses: How-To and earn your Activation "Community Care Role" badge at the same time.

Russell Deffner russell.deffner at hotosm.org
Sun Oct 22 19:12:33 UTC 2017

Thanks Blake, once we can catch a break it is my intention to update the courses as they are about 2 years old already which is a bit shocking to me. Mainly just wanted to let everyone know my email is Russell.Deffner at hotosm.org

Typing this from our small Puerto Rico mapathon here at State of the Map - US,

> On Oct 21, 2017, at 3:39 PM, Blake Girardot HOT/OSM <blake.girardot at hotosm.org> wrote:
> Dear Friends,
> The amount of help you all have provided over the last 6-7 weeks is
> outstanding and I have many thanks from major organizations around the
> world to pass on to each and everyone of you. My inbox has several
> requests to pass on thanks you, everyone who has OSM mapped or helped
> with any HOT/OSM activity ever literally.
> So many people have really stepped up and helped, dedicated so much
> care and effort to helping in whatever small way we could and several
> folks have really stepped up gone above and beyond, probably working
> too much. You have all done awesome work and many organizations, some
> huge and some small, have used the data you generated to make a
> difference in people's lives.
> Which leads me to the topic of this email.
> The HOT Activation teams have really done incredible work, many long
> hours for several weeks in a row now, some of them volunteering more
> than full time for 7 straight weeks.
> Professionalism, experience, continuity and dedication are critical.
> Self care and community care are just as critical.
> This means, taking breaks, taking time off, making sure you and your
> peers are getting enough sleep, food, water. I have the honor of
> volunteering alongside you and other dedicated, tops in their field,
> people who continually amaze me at their high level of skills,
> experience and professionalism making a huge difference to people on
> the ground. The only way we can all maximize our impact is by taking
> care of ourselves too. 8 hours off is worth so much more than 20 hours
> straight.
> So please, let us all take a few moments to make sure we are meeting
> all our self care needs and make yourself feel good by taking a break
> for a job amazingly done so far.
> But that also means we need people to join the Activation teams so
> people can feel even better taking time off for self care.
> In the big picture everyone is part of the activation team, everyone
> who maps, edits the wiki, helps or has helped HOT/OSM in any way in
> the past (the OSM data has been built over years and every bit of it
> is important) is part of the activation team.
> But there is a HOT Activation protocol and there are formal roles that
> make a commitment and take on real responsibility for several parts of
> an activation. It just takes available time and experience and
> knowledge to fill one of the formal roles. HOT has a process to bring
> people's skills up in the Activation Coordination process, formal
> teams and roles. And you can learn how to get started joining an
> activation team by taking the self paced courses that train you to be
> a part of an Activation team.
> There are only 2, top level, fully peer endorsed Activation Leads at
> the moment. That means they have completed every course in the
> Activation Coordination group of courses. And they have gone further
> and helped out in every role over the course of a few years, in actual
> or simulated activations and earned the edorsement of their peers.
> (There are several of you reading this email who are fully qualified
> of course and can step in for any role in any activation, including
> Lead, just as you have done for years, you just have not gone through
> the courses and requested the peer endorsement. The content of the
> course is so good, you want to click through them all. I promise you
> it will not be a waste of your time, but it will take a few days to
> click through them all. Trust me, it is worth it. Just watch the video
> below and you will be able to click through each course in about 20
> mins just as I did in the video, I think there are 11 courses.)
> The online course software is not great, but the content is amazing.
> You will learn what you need to know and feel confident contributing
> to the world of Activation coordination. HOT/OSM needs you.
> I just took the Community Care course as I know it is something we
> needed and I wanted to see what we should be doing.
> I created a 20 minute long, very informal (that means I mumble a lot
> and talk too softly) video in American English that shows you how to
> use the HOT Courses website to take a course and I walk through the
> full content of the Community Care course. The information in the
> course itself is something we all need. I encourage everyone to at
> least suffer through the video and read along with me as we learn most
> of the great material in that important course together.
> The signs and symptoms section and the how to self care parts are the
> most important sections to listen to.
> Try to make it through the whole thing as there is important
> information throughout the whole video about self care, even if some
> parts might not apply to you. Read the video description carefully.
> https://youtu.be/Tlrj84pazIw
> Thank you Russ for making such a great course!
> Any questions or problems taking courses, just contact me or
> russ.deffner at hotosm.org directly.
> As I often say: It is really an honor to be able to say, I look
> forward to working with everyone on this list in the future in some
> way!
> And literally millions of people around the world thank you for
> joining with them as they face the most harrowing of circumstances.
> As Heather likes to say: "Lets all go be awesome together!"
> Respectfully
> blake
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> Blake Girardot
> Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
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