EDToolkit Seed bank 🌱: Mapping projects can help revitalize processes of traditional knowledge transmission

Because mapping projects invariably involve conversations about the land or water, they can help restart processes of knowledge transmission that have become stilted due to these influences of modernity or colonialism, and allow communities to record and archive local knowledge.

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EDToolkit Seed bank 🌱: Mapping tools are among the most powerful technologies for earth defenders

Maps made by earth defender communities are a representation of their lands from their point of view, and frequently present a much different picture than the maps made by the outside world. 🗺️

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EDToolkit Seed bank 🌱: Technology introduced during a project may have unexpected impacts

Like any powerful tool, technology can be immensely positive, but can also have unintended outcomes that go far beyond the scope of the project. In earth defender work, awareness and transparency around technology introduction is key.

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EDToolkit Seed bank 🌱: Successful technologies build upon a foundation of existing practices and problem-solving

Technologies can only be successful if they are integrated into a broader process, with human relationships and practices at the center.

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EDToolkit Seed bank 🌱: The importance of an open-ended and adaptive approach to project design

One of the most difficult things in any project is figuring out how to get started. This rings especially true for earth defender communities, where the stakes are high and resources are scarce.

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Populating an earth defender seed bank 🌱: updates from our research

I am very pleased to give you an update on all things Earth Defenders Toolkit, and what we’ve been up to so far in 2021 🌏🌵🦜

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Co-creating an Earth Defenders Toolkit with the Indigenous Mapping Community at #2020IMW

"In preparation for the public launch of the Earth Defenders Toolkit to the public, we convened a special focus group session about the Toolkit at the 2020 Virtual Indigenous Mapping Workshop, and I’m delighted to share with you some of what we learned..."

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Coming soon! The Earth Defenders Toolkit

Today, in tandem with the Indigenous Mapping Workshop, the Digital Democracy team is excited to announce the Earth Defenders Toolkit, a collection of open-source tools and training materials for communities on the frontlines of the struggle to defend critical ecosystems around the world.

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