Map Your World is a multi-platform project that puts the power of new technologies into the hands of young change agents, enabling them to map, track, and improve the health of their own communities and share their stories with each other and with the world. The project was inspired by the documentary The Revolutionary Optimists, which profiles “The Daredevils,” a group of youth in one of Kolkata’s most notorious squatters’ colonies, who have made a dramatic improvement in the health of their community, a place that cannot even be found on the map.
Youth + Technology = Change
Map Your World enables young people to create interactive data and story maps focused on important issues leveraging proven technologies including Google Earth, GPS, Android phones, and the open source tool Formhub. Educators can use Map Your World in the classroom, share their findings, and collaborate with educators and students from around the world.
From kids in Kolkata tracking polio vaccination rates and drinkable water taps to Oakland middle-schoolers counting and discarding cigarette butts littered around their lake, and Seattle youth mapping incidents of violence and bullying, young people everywhere can collect data, map the issues, share powerful stories and become change agents in their own communities.