Occupy Sandy: Notes from Adam Greenfield

Feb 26, 2013

Adam Greenfield, Speedbird blogger and author of Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing, has written an account of the Occupy Sandy relief effort in New York from the perspective of an in-the-trenches volunteer. His post, Preliminary Notes to a Diagram of Occupy Sandy, provides an in-depth look at the structural and cultural factors contributing […]

The Importance of Meaningful Data in Crisis Response.

Nov 23, 2012

Where we’re at. As recently as a week ago, victims of Hurricane Sandy were without heat or power during a snowstorm. Some families are still without the most basic amenities. It wasn’t for lack of effort from NGOs. It seems every known (and unknown) disaster relief organization descended on the east coast to hand out […]

V&TC summit summary

Oct 24, 2012

Huge hearts to Galit for so much help on this doc, and to Matt Stempeck and Heather Leson for their heavy input. On October 10th, a small group of Volunteer and Technical Community leaders and academics focused on crisis and humanitarian response gathered at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. The V&TC summit was […]

RELIEF summary part II

Aug 21, 2012

Co-authored post from Ella and Willow Yesterday, you read about Civil Air Patrol and the basis of RELIEF. We continue that conversation today into security and the complexities of mismatched cultural backgrounds. On the security side, Rogue Genius’s George Chamales and Geeks Without Bounds’s Eleanor Saitta spoke with RELIEF attendees about their systems. While the […]

RELIEF summary part I

Aug 20, 2012

Co-authored post from Ella and Willow This week, Willow Brugh and Eleanor Saitta represented Geeks Without Bounds at RELIEF at Camp Roberts in California, an event that’s a long way from our usual beat. A “Joint-Interagency Field Experimentation”, most of the people at RELIEF are from US military humanitarian response groups or agencies like FEMA […]

Keeping the Channels Open

Jul 14, 2012

This post is based on a talk given at the Datenspuren 2011. The talk provided ideas for network planning people, people developing services as well as users of network based services. General Considerations There are several reasons for a breakdown communication (networks). These can be technical problems (e.g. human errors, mass events), catastrophes (e.g. floods), […]

Humanitarian Networking Part 3: Collaboration Benefits

Nov 28, 2011

This is the third in a 3-part series on collaboration amongst humanitarian agencies, NGOs, and similar organizations (see parts one and two). ________________________________________________ Wonderful! Now, give me some concrete examples of how to use this humanitarian network to effectively collaborate. Gladly. The new wave of humanitarian response that is brewing just under the noses of […]

Humanitarian Networking Part 2: First Steps

Nov 21, 2011

This is the second in a 3-part series on collaboration amongst humanitarian agencies, NGOs, and similar organizations. Part one is here, and three is here. ________________________________________________ How can humanitarian aid collaboration be accomplished? How can we change the system of cutthroat competition to one of healthy collaboration? In order to create an environment of collaboration […]

Humanitarian Networking Part 1: Post-Scarcity

Nov 7, 2011

This is the first in a 3-part series on collaboration amongst humanitarian agencies, NGOs, and similar organizations. ________________________________________________ What are the biggest issues facing humanitarian aid organizations and disaster relief agencies today? Ask any organization and they’ll tell you: acquiring funding, efficient communication in emergency situations, and implementation of aid in hard-hit areas. You’d think […]

Bridging the Gap Between Traditional Relief and New VTC

Oct 6, 2011

Gisli Olafsson spoke at the end of the first day of Star-Tides about traditional relief organizations (including NGO and military) adopting and interacting with current technologies. Many organizations have only recently begun to have their own Twitter accounts, if they have one at all. The sheer prospect of drinking from a firehouse of information with […]