Ben Krause of J/P Haitian Relief Organization describes how failures of communication, coordination and collaboration make disaster relief so much harder. XPRIZE Insights is a video series that highlights the leading thinkers of our time.
Japan occupies a special place in the recent history of human development because of its early support for the idea that reducing disaster risk is essential if we are to make progress on sustainable development.
The Philippines must keep the recovery process moving smoothly until the job is done. Building back better from Haiyan won't erase the pain. But the safer and sustainable communities it delivers might leave a legacy that will be more lasting.
It's unfortunate when an organization tasked with providing help to the needy must ask for help itself. It's even more unfortunate when the help it seeks is rooted in deliberate and systematic suppression.
Encore.org is preparing to honor social entrepreneurs over 60 at next week's Encore Conference. Through recognizing these Boomer pioneers, I believe we will begin to define a better sense of what our generation is capable of in the coming decades, and, most importantly, to better persuade the rest of society just how important our continued leadership is going to be for everyone's collective future.
Understanding the interconnections and interdependence needed for a healthy planet to live and the global and collective work needed to fix the damage done is not just a backyard issue, but rather an LGBTQ one, too.
Recently, we have watched with alarm as images from West Africa and Northern Iraq fill the newscasts and are reminded that people affected by other disasters -- these complex humanitarian emergencies -- require support just as much as those affected by natural disasters.
I believe that the role of technology in disaster response is to connect, inform and ultimately help save lives by giving governments and responders the means to rapidly communicate, not only with one another, but also directly with citizens.
This National Preparedness Month, New York's arts and cultural communities continue responding to superstorm Sandy, which hit the state nearly two ye...
Overwhelmingly, these talented fellows represent a growing commitment to fighting social issues like poverty, terrorism, infrastructural collapse, and beyond -- through straightforward, effective means. I was lucky to learn from two of them, and share their stories here.
Shocked. Scared. Sad. This is how Oladayin Ogunsola described feeling when at age 10 Hurricane Sandy devastated her community of Far Rockaway, Queens.
Misinformation and misunderstanding along with superstition about Ebola abound. The virus is not airborne. According to medical experts, it spreads through contact with the body fluids of an infected individual or the body of a deceased victim.
Nations and communities were challenged to build programs that would reduce the loss of lives and the costs to economies and the environment. Guess what? It's working.
Panic, havoc, borders shut down, and life as we know it is put on hold. Sounds like an apocalyptic Hollywood movie? Yes, but this is something that could very well happen if massive disaster strikes and national and international authorities are simply unable to do their jobs.
I know this is the era of limited government and no new taxes, but we need to acknowledge the need to do better on post-disaster reconstruction. We need a new tax and a more effective government-managed response.