Liz and I are over-the-top excited about our cool little Frappr map, which, last time I checked, has logged more than 1,000 visitors (we subtracted our visits). Though we still don't understand everything about how Frappr maps work, we now know that the Wichita area really only had a couple of visitors -- we're pretty sure the rest of the many "unknown location" dots that appeared there were visitors who clicked on the map but didn't actually sign in or leave a picture. If there are any Frappr experts out there, here's a job for you: design an FAQ for Frappr (whom we really love for making this map).
Some wonderful visitors added themselves but their dots disappeared later; we think people whose dots stay put include their names (or aliases) and a picture when they sign up. So if you don't mind, sign up again, and add a name (or alias) and any image you like, even a pic of your pet. A little extra effort for peace, but how cool is it to see yourself and so many others in this funky, fabulous peace demonstration? To look for your friends, pick a region and zoom way in. You can see streets and rivers, and our readers in Arhus by the sea in Denmark. (I would love to have a look at that view!) I was sad when Texas, Washington, New York, and lots of London dots showed up for a few days, then disappeared. But hello and welcome, Tokyo and India!
It turns out creating an online peace map entails the same steps as peace itself: connecting, understanding, hope and disappointment, being patient, solving problems, and being willing to continue in spite of difficulty. We're still excited to fill it up with dots all over the world. Thanks to all you readers who are sending a little peace to your friends via our HumanKind Challenge #3. If you know someone who lives in an empty part of the map, send it on -- maybe that person's looking for a little peace today.
A special bonus: The map led us to The Dayton International Peace Museum (you can see them on our map.) Here's a mission for everyone. Every town should have a peace museum! Listen to what Fred Arment, co-chair of the museum, has to say about possibilities for peace in this Peace Bubble video:
Filled with wonderful exhibits, connected to peace activities throughout the world, and with a dedicated education program ... Did I already mention every town should have a peace museum? Their web site is filled with news, amazing links, and resources (check out their holiday video). I like their idea of creating a peace place for yourself -- at your desk, in your car, at home, in your community.