The Satellite Sentinel Project

Short description

Transformative transparency will enable many new ways to contribute to change. The Satellite Sentinel Project make it to the top-5 list as it presents one of the fist coherent projects that explore the possibility to be preemptive in a sustainable way in an area that is often ignored as many innovation focus on the issues that peopel can see and experiance around them.

By using real-time information and linking this to users an issue where we usually learn about the problems when it is too late can become part of our everyday discussion.

This initiative can help and inspire mobile to connect to global event, use real-time information regarding key issues and encourage people to become global citizens.

This is how the project is described on their webpage:
"The Satellite Sentinel Project combines satellite imagery analysis and field reports with Google's Map Maker technology to deter the resumption of war between North and South Sudan. The project provides an early warning system to deter mass atrocities by focusing world attention and generating rapid responses on human rights and human security concerns.

The Satellite Sentinel Project marks the first sustained, public effort to systematically monitor and report on potential hotspots and threats to security along a border, in near real-time (within 24-36 hours), with the aim of heading off humanitarian disaster and human rights crimes before they occur."

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The best with the app/supporting initiative

+ Exploring what transparency can do to reduce conflicts.
+ That people with a public profile, in this case George Clooney, use their "faces" to highlight serious issues.
+ Encouraging the development of global citizens that feel no boarders when it comes to suffering and injustice.
+ Supporting preemptive work of the better kind.

The weak parts of the app/supporting initiative

- To some extent it builds on "CNN" logic and fame to get the message across.
- Hard to track slow trends, can run the risk of strengthening the focus on conflicts when it is already to late.

What could accelerate this app/supporting initiative into a world changer?

> Support the development of "news" coverage that is based on what is actually happen, not where western journalists happen to be at the moment.
> Link to "real time" information about on the ground initiatives (that often happen outside the media radar) that help buildings sustainable societies.
> A map of economic investments and those behind it should be very valuable as these investments are usually very influential and done by large companies operating under the radar.


How direct is the delivery of the result the app tries to achieve
  • Direct
  • Indirect
  • Inspirational
  • Long shot


It is 100% depending on active viewers, that will put pressure on their policy makers that will put pressure on the responsible people. This chain-reaction make it very powerful when it works.

Transformative approach

How transformative is it
  • A new world
  • A major shift
  • A bit of a shake-up
  • A gentle rocking


Using the maps around the world to increase transparency and encourage the development of global citizenship.

How much does it encourage collaborations

How much are new networks supported
  • Strong support for global networks?
  • Currently encourages new forms of collaboration
  • Provides interesting opportunities in the future
  • Restricted to a small (expert) group


It is not so much about collaboration as it is about mass communication.

What synergies can be delivered

How well does it also solve other problems/generate solutions
  • It solves everything
  • Several important challenges
  • Some important challenges
  • Only one challenge


Hopefully the approach could be spread to cover all conflict areas.

Nine billion contribution

How global is it? Is it helping/will it help everyone on the planet
  • Instant global equality
  • Almost global
  • Getting (incrementally) global
  • Not applicable


It is more about reducing conflict than it is about equity. A similar page that also highlight structural violence would be very interesting.

Building on current trends

How well does it use current trends
  • The app is setting new trends by itself
  • Building on multiple trends
  • Effectively building on one trend
  • Not really building on any major trend


Great combination of fame and new technology to highlight a conflict that is often forgotten (until it is too late).


How fast can it deliver
  • It's already happening
  • In the coming weeks
  • In a year or so
  • In a distant future (hopefully)


It is a cutting edge initiative that will be interesting to follow and evaluate.


Does it support transformative transparency
  • Brave new transparency
  • Transparency that is innovative (never seen before)
  • Increased transparency, but nothing innovative
  • No increase in transparency


Very much so. How countries and companies will react to this transparency will be one of the coming years most interesting and important questions.

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