Resilience Means Bouncing Back Better Than Before


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AtmaGo users engaged in Gotong Royong, or mutual support, cleaning up their neighborhood and preparing for potential natural disasters like flooding.

AtmaGo in the News as Disaster Solution

We are excited to announce that Atma Connect was featured in a Forbes article titled, ‘A Surprising Solution To Natural Disasters: Mobile Apps’. Our CEO and Founder, Meena Palaniappan was quoted saying, “Being connected to your neighbors is a powerful resilience tool that is underutilized. We are trying to change that.” We hope you will take a look and share this exciting article far and wide.

Atma’s work was also profiled in a World Economic Forum article, We can’t rid Asia of natural disasters. But we can prepare for them. The authors, CEO and Program Director at the Global Resilience Partnership, said of Atma:

“Social media is the future of early warning systems: …A popular local social media tool called AtmaGo has helped residents in both communities share early warning information on flooding. Used across Indonesia, it is estimated that in Jakarta this app could reduce property damage during a disaster by $324 per household per year for residents. It has also helped residents report littering, which is a major cause of flooding in the region.”

Resilience in 5 Words

For Atma CEO and Founder, resilience means bouncing back better than before. In a World Affairs panel presentation, Meena teamed up with Northern California Grantmakers, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and Asia Society Northern California for a presentation and workshop to discuss climate and disaster resilience. Meena had the chance to talk about what Atma is doing to prepare communities most impacted by climate change.

In June, Atma is headed to Tunisia to speak at the global Human Rights Conference, RightsCon. We will be on a panel titled, ‘From Failure to Hockeystick Growth – Human Centered Design and Lean Start-Up to Scale Social Impact’, talking about how Atma and other technology impact society and our human rights. We hope that to see you there!


In this video of AtmaGo user, Fajar, you can see exactly how building social connections is one of the most important ways to prepare and bounce back better than before.

Puerto Rico Expansion

We are so excited about our progress in Puerto Rico. Atma is expanding to the island this year to improve disaster risk reduction and recovery efforts, scale up social cohesion, improve economic development opportunities, and empower women to build their communities. Our Partnerships Coordinator, Natasha Mevs-Korff, has begun the relationship-building process by meeting with community based organizations such as Casa Pueblo and Taller Salud, who are both addressing resilience efforts at a community level. All of the organizations we met were excited about the potential of reaching a broader constituent base and impact with AtmaGo.

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