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OWF12/Foss for Humanity Watership Down

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  • 1. Watership Down Memoirs of a Digital Humanitarian Heather Blanchard / @poplifegirl www.iamheatherblanchard.com American University of Paris Open World Forum October 12, 2012 Source: Kindertrauma.comMonday, October 15, 12
  • 2. Watership Down Source: Kindertrauma.com • Threat to the warren, warned the elders • Warnings rebuffed • Adventured to find new home • Challenges: ability to grow, power structures, staying true to vision • Old warren destroyed • Happy endingWatership Down: Memoirs of a Digital Humanitarian Open World Forum 2012Monday, October 15, 12
  • 3. Lesson #1 Source: Kindertrauma.com • People: We don’t have technology challenges, we have people and policy problemsWatership Down: Memoirs of a Digital Humanitarian Open World Forum 2012Monday, October 15, 12
  • 4. Lesson #2 Source: Kindertrauma.com • Money: Disasters are economic opportunities. It’s a business, even if you are a non-profit.Watership Down: Memoirs of a Digital Humanitarian Open World Forum 2012Monday, October 15, 12
  • 5. Lesson #3 Source: Kindertrauma.com • Competition: Charities, academics, companies and even volunteer technology communities compete with each other. It is real. It is sad to experience and watch.Watership Down: Memoirs of a Digital Humanitarian Open World Forum 2012Monday, October 15, 12
  • 6. Lesson #4 Source: Kindertrauma.com • Zero Independent R&D: There is zero independent R&D dollars in disaster management today. Every dollar you give to a charity (or taxpayer funding) you want that dollar to go to the person in need. • This is a mistake. Organizations need to improve and be able to adapt to new tools that will help them be better in the future. • They need to be able to work on project which may fail and have independent evaluations of technologies. • Right now organizations are just trying to keep the lights on.Watership Down: Memoirs of a Digital Humanitarian Open World Forum 2012Monday, October 15, 12
  • 7. Lesson #5 Source: Kindertrauma.com • Ignorance of the crisis management profession. Just because you can search a #hashtag on Twitter, build a shiny toy or can watch the disaster unfold on TV doesn’t mean you know anything about crisis management. • Ideas without implementation, are just that, ideas.Watership Down: Memoirs of a Digital Humanitarian Open World Forum 2012Monday, October 15, 12
  • 8. Lesson #6 Source: Kindertrauma.com • Hamster Wheel of Disasters. Millions of dollars are spent every year to write after action reports which go on a shelf and are not used. There needs to be a change management process that connects observations in after action reporting to the ability to change processes, justify staff and other needs to take the lesson from just observed in a report to actually learned.Watership Down: Memoirs of a Digital Humanitarian Open World Forum 2012Monday, October 15, 12
  • 9. Lesson #7 Source: Kindertrauma.com • Turtle-ism of crisis management practitioners. The “stay in your box” approach. The structure and who is in charge are paramount. • Apathy and fatalism to change what is wrong with the system. • It’s not my job. “That’s above my pay grade.” • “I’ve been around, so I know” attitude • Mistrust of the public, inability to leverage public information to inform operations • Boys club cliquesWatership Down: Memoirs of a Digital Humanitarian Open World Forum 2012Monday, October 15, 12
  • 10. Lesson #8 Source: Kindertrauma.com • Act like a big dog, if you are a big dog. Large institutions lack the political will to create a marketplace which meets their needs. Dependence on consultants. • Solutions which are often used are for the masses not tailored for crisis management. • Need to tell the story of what really happens and what is needed.Watership Down: Memoirs of a Digital Humanitarian Open World Forum 2012Monday, October 15, 12
  • 11. Lesson #9 Source: Kindertrauma.com • SWAT teams over crowdsourcing. The idea that there is an independent crowd working to help disasters is over. During large disasters these people are informally affiliating with communities which now exist. • Better to have 6 people working on what is specifically needed than 100 working without guidance or connectivity to official response systems.Watership Down: Memoirs of a Digital Humanitarian Open World Forum 2012Monday, October 15, 12
  • 12. Lesson #10 Source: Kindertrauma.com • You just don’t know. Just because you see what’s happening on television and on Twitter, you really don’t know what’s happening on the ground. You have one side of it. • If you are a crisis management practitioner and you don’t have public information connected to your operational situational awareness—you have a blindspot in your Incident Action Plans.Watership Down: Memoirs of a Digital Humanitarian Open World Forum 2012Monday, October 15, 12
  • 13. HFOSS Source: Kindertrauma.com • Lack of people and policy that understand HFOSS • Relationship to technology is vendor based • Large institutions don’t know they can change the marketplace through the procurement process • Once system won’t cure anyone’s problems. They have to work with legacy. • Development has to be consistent.Volunteers are additive not O&M • Culture DivideWatership Down: Memoirs of a Digital Humanitarian Open World Forum 2012Monday, October 15, 12
  • 14. Shared Services Model Source: Kindertrauma.com • Mediation point, low cost, shared results • Independent evaluation of what works and what doesn’t • Software development efforts • Governance, best practices • Permanent support, not project based • Attracts developers & expertise within community • Works with existing procurement systems • Marketing, sharing • Volunteer-based extension drives through partnershipsWatership Down: Memoirs of a Digital Humanitarian Open World Forum 2012Monday, October 15, 12
  • 15. Watership Down Memoirs of a Digital Humanitarian Heather Blanchard / @poplifegirl www.iamheatherblanchard.com American University of Paris Open World Forum October 12, 2012 Source: Kindertrauma.comMonday, October 15, 12

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