League for Hope
Many Partners, One Goal

The League for Hope is a joint effort by many individuals of different persuasions to accomplish one goal: delivering education, healthcare, housing, basic services and artistic & economic opportunity directly to the populations that need these the most. It's a way for the world's citizens to work together and share their wealth, expertise and capabilities with the disenfranchised who will determine the future of the world. Providing opportunity directly to these populations can help stabilize the global political situation and enhance government policies. Our collective future will depend upon the direct bonds forged between citizens because, with growing populations facing unknown futures, governments alone won't have sufficient resources to convert the disenfrachised into stakeholders. Click here to read About LFH ...


Crowdsourcing emergency response Pt. 3 - Crowdsourcing in Action

January 2011: This is the last post in a three-part series focusing on crowdsourcing in relation to emergency response during a crisis. The idea of accruing large amounts of data from the public during an emergency, or sending data out to be crunched by the masses, is at the heart of this actionable information and situational awareness relationship: from crisis mapping to handling the incredible amount of data during an emergency.

Crowdsourcing emergency response Pt. 2 - Crisis Mapping and Crowdsource Response Organzations

January 2011; In the previous post, crowdsourcing was shown as a way of collecting, analyzing and disseminating information. The challenge of crunching huge amounts data in real time from various media has always presented a problem for emergency response personnel, but with crowdsourcing, information processing has become much easier, actionable and faster. Taking that information and overlaying it onto real-time mapping is the purview of crisis mapping, an emerging emergency response discipline. And there are organizations who use crisis mapping as their primary focus for humanitarian aid.

Crowdsourcing emergency response Pt. 1

January 2011: One of the largest hurdles facing emergency responders is how to handle the amount of real-time information during a crisis. In order to get a clear picture of what is happening right after an earthquake, during a hurricane, in the aftermath of a terrorist attack, or before a flood hits, emergency response personnel and officials are increasingly turning to crowdsourcing as a way to digest large amounts of data and turn that data into actionable intelligence. Through social networking, text messaging and video crowdsourcing allows for multimedia information to be amalgamated and synthesized.

Phase I: Communications Uplinks

Many populations in remote areas are without dependable communications to support humanitarian on-site programs, or distance contact with remote supporters. LFH partners will develop an easily installed and operated robust communications core utilizing a satellite uplink to facilitate telemedicine, educational, commerical and artistic programs.

Phase II: Community Infrastructure

LFH partners will contribute their expertise, wealth and capabilities to develop micro-community centers that include vocational schools, arts/cultural centers, medical clinics built around LFH communications centers. Working with private sector partners and NGOs, LFH will help finance infrastrucure and support on-going partnerships to create markets for art and music, goods, training and other vital connections.

Phase III: Build-Out

Each project undertaken by LFH will anticipate a build-out stage, where private sector partners can build and sell homes, shops and other commercially attractive enterprises that use sustainable building materials and create jobs for the local population. LFH arranges investment insurance, both government and private, to make the investment attractive to potential partners. LFH will also help create locally governed credit cooperative to administer the titling, lending and administration of land/home sales including Sharia-compliant models.

Telemedicine Partnerships: A Critical Link To Remote Communities

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Africa held hearings on the importance and effectiveness of telemedicine to bring medical care to remote and poor populations.  Click here for a copy of the testimonyLFH is creating partnerships with medical universities through its SatMed program, to provide care, diagnosis and treatment to developing regions. Physicians in medical universities and hospitals anywhere in the world can link through the Internet or direct satellite video-teleconferencing to help other physicians diagnose diseases, assist in procedures and order pharmaceuticals.

CommLink: Connecting League Partners With Local Residents

A basic requirement for LFH's projects is a robust and dependable, 24/7communications network. Clinics, schools, cultural centers and commercial projects all require communications for help, assistance and to establish markets for local goods. Cell phone technology is quickly linking populations near urban centers. But a large number of populations are beyond cell networks, requiring satellite uplinks. Using standard, commercially available solutions, LFH partners such as Satlink ES provide the expertise and capability to create the uplink for a solid foundation on which to build.

Credit for Hope: Underwriting Local Credit Cooperatives For Micro-Loans

Working with its partners, LFH developed Credit for Hope, a trade, barter and finance system that converts assets, services and financial gifts into draw accounts available to local credit cooperatives established through LFH.  The credit cooperatives are governed by a board comprised of local residents, and they have access to their draw account to finance any phase of community development.  LFH is able to convert the credits in their account directly into assets by pairing donors to the request, or insuring a partner's investment in the community.