[HOT] Live Webcasts: Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management: A Policy Roundtable - SEPT 13-14

Lea Shanley lashanley at gmail.com
Thu Sep 6 06:01:57 BST 2012

*In recognition of National Preparedness Month, *
*the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars presents:*

  *Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management:** A Policy

On behalf of the Commons Lab of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for
Scholars (The Wilson Center), the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS
Foundation, the International Association for Information Systems for
Crisis Response and Management, ESRI, TechChange, NetHope, and Project
EPIC, we are honored to invite you to participate in a *Live Webcast of the
Keynote Discussion on Open Innovation, *a part of the policy
roundtable “*Connecting
Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management*,”* scheduled for Friday,
September 14th from 1:00-1:55 pm Eastern*. We are also hoping to make most
of the other workshop sessions available over the web.

By harnessing the collective power of citizens and engaging communities in
their own response and recovery, new technologies and methods, like social
media, crowdsourcing, and “crowd-mapping,” have the potential to transform
disaster management. Yet many challenges – including characterization of
reliability, guidelines for use, and demonstration of value – must be
addressed before federal agencies can take full advantage of these
approaches.  Early uses of social media and crowdsourcing methods in
disasters have raised a number of questions: Can citizens generate inputs
to critical decisions faster and perhaps more accurately than traditional
methods? What is the research telling us, and how are the best ideas being
translated into practice? How have agencies successfully navigated
potential roadblocks to the use of citizen-generated information, such as
privacy and procurement or the Paperwork Reduction Act? When and how is it
possible to innovate through open and participatory design with citizens
and communities? This event will bring together members of the research,
practitioner, policy, and “digital volunteer” communities to discuss the
questions posed above and expand the list, as needed.  The objectives are
to build a community of interest, prioritize key issues, and identify
possible solutions.

*Keynote Discussion: Connecting Grassroots to Government through Open
*Friday, September 14**th** from 1:00pm-1:55pm EST*

Moderated by *Gisli Olafsson,* Emergency Response Director, NetHope

    *Keynote Speakers:*
*Christopher Fabian*, Co-Lead, Innovation Lab, UNICEF
*Nigel Snoad*, Product Manager, Crisis Response, Google
    * *
Federal procurement rules are often oriented to controlling fair
competition between entities that are unlikely to collaborate. Open
innovation often takes the opposite approach: aggregating multiple tools
into ecosystems that can solve complex problems through collaboration of
organizations across specializations. When should agencies use competition
or collaboration? What are the best methods and models for organizing
collective work? From the perspective of leaders in government, what are
the main challenges that need to be overcome if open innovation is to take
a wider role in federal problem solving? This panel will assemble key
players in the federal technology space and ask how to work towards open
innovation for disaster response.

*To watch the live webcast of the Open Innovation Keynote on *
*Friday, September 14th at 1:00 PM Eastern, please visit TechChange at: *
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*Follow the live webcast discussion on Twitter using hashtag: **#DG2G*

*Or email your questions for the panelists before and during the live
webcast: **DG2G at TechChange.org*<https://wcmail.wilsoncenter.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=acb813c94f9c48d6976fb348f8a2989d&URL=mailto%3aDG2G%40TechChange.org>
* *

*To watch live webcasts of other workshop sessions, scheduled through
Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14, as well as download the
agenda and background materials, please visit the Wilson Center at:**
* *

For information about the Commons Lab (CommonsLab at wilsoncenter dot org),
please visit:
The Commons Lab website    A recent Commons Lab blog post    A recent
collaboration with USAID
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