The new Google Earth Initiative for Nonprofits will be launched next week in NYC. As I mentioned in a previous post, there have been many amazing applications of Google Earth by and for nonprofits and their causes recently. If you're looking for some inspiration about how to use Google Earth for good (or you just need an eye-opening way to spend an hour today), you should check out the Google Earth Gallery, where you can find maps of the world's oil consumption, Somalia refugee migration, or the destruction of villages in Darfur. (You'll need to download Google Earth to appreciate these examples in all their glory.)
No word yet on what the new program will entail, but Google does tend to do things in style, so I'm certainly looking forward to finding out. Here are the details of the event:
- Jane Goodall, Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace
- Kathy Bushkin Calvin, Executive Vice President, United Nations Foundation
- Edward Wilson, President and CEO, Earthwatch Institute
- Elliot Schrage, Vice President, Global Communications and Public Affairs, Google
- John Hanke, Director, Google Earth and Maps
Lucky for us, Google WILL be posting a full video of the event online after it happens, so check back for a link.