Nabuur.com is a community of on-line communities to provide assessment to villages in need of help all over the world.
It’s an online volunteering project and, according to their web site, it works thit way:
1. A community has an urgent question
It all starts with a local community in a developing country looking for assistance. After a screening by NABUUR this community gets a ‘Village’ on NABUUR.com. On this Village the representative of the local community describes the question or problem to be solved.
2. Virtual Neighbors look for solutions
NABUUR invites visitors to NABUUR.com and they become ‘Neighbors’ of a Village. These virtual Neighbors then start looking for solutions to the question described by the local representative. They work together and report their findings on the Discussion boards of the Village.
3. Best solutions are selected
After several solutions have been found and the best ones selected, the Neighbors present these solutions to the local representative. The local representative discusses the solutions with his or her people.
4. Solutions are implemented
If the solutions found by the Neighbors fit the local situation they are implemented. The Neighbors get to see the results (photos, stories) on NABUUR.com.
In most cases further assistance of the virtual Neighbors is required. A new question is put to the Neighbors by the local representative and the process starts again.
If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:
Peña-López, I. (2004) “Nabuur.com” In ICTlogy,
#13, October 2004. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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