Celly Blog: Celly is "occupied"2011-10-11
OccupyYourCity movements are mobilizing with Celly.
This is an ideal use case for mobile communication. With many volunteers gathered at one site, there’s a fundamental need to quickly organize feet-on-the-street into ad-hoc working groups. For example, in Portland we’ve seen people informally gather into working committees for different functions like media, outreach, street cleaning, sanitation, finance/donation, and medical. Each group has setup operations in their own tent forming a “tent city”. Volunteers for each group wear colored tape armbands (orange for media, blue for food, etc.). Despite this organization, each of the groups need a realtime way to let people join their group and all the groups need a way to quickly communicate with each other. Wifi is sometimes getting cut. And because the scene is loud, voice communication—like using walkie-talkies or phone calls—is difficult too. Rather than rely on runners who physically move between campsites, people can create cells for each group and communicate via text messaging. Here are some of the cells created for Occupy Portland:
- @opdiscuss for General Discussion
- @opassembly for General Assembly Committee
- @opfinance for Finance Committee
- @opstreet for Street Team Committee
- @opsanitation for Sanitation Committee
- @oppeace for Peace and Safety Committee
- @opmorale for Morale Committee
- @opnotes for Note Takers
- @oprain for Bedding & Rain Gear Committee
- @opmedical for Medical Committee
- @ophousing for Housing Assistance Committee
- @opstudent for Student Committee
- @opoutreach for Outreach Committee
- @optactical for Tactical Committee
- @opfood for Food Committee
- @opinternet for Internet Committee
- @opmedia for the Media Committee
- @opwebsite for Website Committee
In addition to messaging, quick multiple choice polls like “What supplies do we need? #food #power #mediacoverage” can be conducted too. Just text POLL and then follow the commands to enter multiple choices (or use “send poll” on the web).
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