Organization At A Glance
The Chinese were right when they said: “A picture is worth a thousand words”. It was also important that it was virtual making it possible for everyone around the world to connect to what was happening in each country.
The Institute for Conscious Global Change (ICGC) is a 501(c)(3) NGO with Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council in the United Nations. As a civil society organization committed to working with the UN and countries simultaneously to achieve the development agenda that is going to help ensure that in deed no one is left behind and that we move countries into the 21st century using 21st century technology.
The plan for this development also needed to be sustainable. For this to happen it was essential that it allowed citizens of each country to be engaged in the process of this transformed country they wanted to.
One only has to see the pictures on the internet or on television to know there needed to be a call to action to build a world in which women, children and men all live in peace and with the basics facilities that would then allow for self-actualization.
Visuals are such power tools to impress the mind to envision a world that was different from the one they see around them. We wanted to begin a conversation around a radical new way of humanity living on the planet and that having the public to shift mentally from accepting a world of immense separation where 2.8 Billion people live in or on the brink of poverty should not be acceptable to the human psyche.
To move the conversation about transforming these lives to a practical reality, Geographic Information Systems technology would be the platform used to concretize the ideas we had. Geographic information systems (GIS) technology allows one to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present geographical data, and utilizes geospatial operations to perform analysis in a variety of contexts and applications. With such a collaborative, dynamic tool, citizens in each country would participate in the collection of data relevant to their living situation whether it be: energy, water and waste, health, education, transportation, agriculture, climate change, telecommunication, governance.
With the collection of geospatial data which is any kind of data with a reference to a location we can begin to get a sense of what is needed for that society to become a 21st century functional society. These references can by in form of x, y, latitude/longtitute, addresses, or any kind of geographic unit that has a well-defined extent such as a county, a national park, or a census district. Traditional sources of geospatial data are satellite imagery and census data but increasingly such data is provided by sensors such as mobile phones or gauges.
After the collection of this geospatial data ministries with the government at the national, regional and local levels can pour over this data to better decide how to plan intelligently for a better future.
GeoDesign which is a GIS tool brings that geographic analysis into a collaborative process allowing designers, planners, geographers and civil engineers to find resilient solutions to 21st century urban conditions such as population growth, decreasing resources, disaster mitigation and climate change, etc.
GPS and Remote sensing are also tools within GIS that contribute to gathering data relevance to location and space.
At ICGC we are committed to helping the people move to the forefront of the development process for their country. To ensure that this development is sustainable, the information which informs the decisions made.