kite a community.

I have always been a firm believer that with community involvement, cities-towns-and neighborhoods can not only become stronger, but they can also portrait their uniqueness via arts, gatherings, music, holiday spirit, etc. Some communities are taking a step forward in that involvement and making it more interesting. How kite photography can empower local communities, talks about how some communities have used the basic childhood fun and games to learn more about the nature, landscape, and mapping of where they live.

This is especially effective in cities where we cannot rely on Google Map for streetscapes and 3D views. Moreover, as mentioned in the article, the data that each individual gathers about an area, may very well be different from what Google Map offers -something more specific, unique, and interesting perhaps-.  Eymund Diegel, of the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, had a very good explanation of why using this method is particularly good for areas with less Google Map data and information. He believes that:

First, it gives activists access to data they have assembled themselves, so they no longer have to rely on the willingness of governments to publish data. Especially when they want to put pressure on other parties to act (improve the climate of the vegetated areas, stop or clean up oil spils) it is important to have such data to support their demands.

Second, the pictures (which can be beautiful and even poetic) can also be used as tools to engage a wider audience, to convince people in a neighborhood that the issue at stake is also theirs, in other ways to forge a sense of ‘ownership’ of the issue in a wider community.

I wonder how many great things a community can find by themselves, when they start using on of  the most basic element in life; curiosity.