Author Archives: Pascal Schuback

Wiki detour ahead!

The Wiki is back up! It’s in a read only mode (think of a construction zone) for now as we continue to work on it, but you can access the information.  If you have a link for the wiki, please change the .org to .eu (It’s part of the temporary fix) and it should take you where you need to go. We will send out an update again when all the work is done. THANK YOU for your patience.

Apologies… our wiki is down.

CrisisCommons is working on improving its online properties. To that end, our wiki page is undergoing maintenance. We’re working as fast as we can to restore it and looking forward to your input and future collaborations with our partners.

Severe Weather Slams Europe. A Request for Help.

Severe weather slams Europe … The Balkans are particularly affected.  Here’s a summary from the Associated Press via the Washington Post. The Al-Jazeera network is asking our colleagues from the Standby Task Force for their deployment in the Balkans for the snow/cold emergency.  Here are a couple of stories from the network on the ongoing emergency:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2012/02/201225141223210347.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/weather/2012/01/20121309403666565.html 

We’re helping the StandBy Task Force to answer Al Jazeera’s call for help by disseminating the request for help.  They asked us to help them in recruiting volunteers from the region and for this reason we are looking for volunteers that:

1. Speak the following Languages:

  • Bosnian
  • Croatian
  • Serbian
  • Slovenian
  • Macedonian
  • Albanian

2. Or that come from the following countries:

  •  Bosnia
  •  Slovenia
  •  Macedonia
  •  Serbia
  •  Montenegro
  •  Croatia
  •  Kosovo
  •  Bulgarian

If you do, or know people that do, please contact Anahi (anahi@standbytaskforce.com) or Patrick (patrick@standbytaskforce.com)

 

Photo Credit to tourism.tallinn.ee

CrisisCommons Interim Management Team…

CrisisCommons has a new Interim Management Team. We are entering a new era of consolidation and outreach to volunteers across the globe. We will focus our attention in the next few months on strengthening our relationships with all of you involved in crisis camps and VTC activities.

Our aim is to build on the successes we have achieved collectively by ensuring that those who provide support and leadership during crises and emergencies have a voice in the discussions concerning the future of CrisisCommons. The new Interim Management Team counts on your feedback to set strategic objectives and ensure that this organization remains at the forefront of crowdsourcing and crisis mapping activities in disasters and crises around the world.

Infrastructure                    Deborah Shaddon, Chris Foote

Community                        Chad Catacchio, Jacob Greer

Governance                       David Black, Pascal Schuback

Communications              Patrice Cloutier, Brian Chick

Projects                               Sara Farmer, Monika Adamczyk

Founders                            Andrew Turner

CrisisCommons Interim Governance Introduction

We’ve been getting some questions over at the governance committee about our current activities. People have stepped up to help us with our tasks and offer their input and experience from other ventures to assist us. Our committee consists of David Black, Pascal Schuback, Aaron Huslage, Jeannie Stamberger, and Willow Brugh.We are pleased that people are showing interest in the group in supporting the governance process in building the CrisisCommons to be a long lasting organization supporting this and many other communities. It is important that we all take the appropriate time, openness and collaboration in structuring and building out the operation of the CrisisCommons. The following actions will help the CrisisCommons move forward in creating its organizational identity and eventually its near future operational structure. This will include the ability to maintain grant projects, expand to additional unknown future projects and increase our funding steps from many other sources.

The CrisisCommons governance group is putting the final touches on a plan to manage the process of developing a permanent governance structure to serve the needs of the Commons. It will be a methodical process for which we hope for much input from the Commons community and it will take some time, measured in months.

So in the meantime, in parallel, we have been discussing with the current temporary core team a way to formalize an interim decision-making process. The purpose behind this is to move a step ahead of where we are right now fairly rapidly, so we can focus on the longer process.

Because we are moving quickly with the interim model we expect it to be fairly simple and agile. It won’t be perfect, but we plan to introduce it with a sunset clause in something like 6 months to a year, or whenever we are ready to convene a CrisisCongress to ratify the more formal long-term governance model, whichever comes first. Also, we will propose that the interim group have limited powers, as we won’t have significant enough accountability built in to the simple model. Again, it won’t be perfect, but it is temporary and should fit our needs in the short term. We do, of course, want to hear opinions as this will help us in the development of the long term structure. It is important for the community to participate and share their opinions.

We think that the current organization of the working groups addresses much of our short term needs so we propose not to make changes to the structure at this time. However, we have a number of vacancies and are inviting people to step up and help with the leadership. Currently, what has been referred to as the Core Team consists of 5 working groups plus the 3 founders. The working groups are Communications, Projects, Infrastructure, Governance, and Community. Each working group, or committee, is supposed to have 2 co-leads that represent the working groups within the Core Team for a total of 13 people.

Recruiting Working Group Co-leads/IMT Members

Right now we have 6 vacancies as follows:

2 co-leads – Projects, 2 co-leads Communications, 1 co-lead Infrastructure, 1 co-lead Community. We propose to fill these roles and refer to the accepted full team as the Interim Management Team. This new name reflects the stewardship role that the team undertakes. Once again there are vacancies and this is your opportunity to participate.

We are asking for people to join us by sending an email to pascal@schuback.com signaling their interest and their preferred roles by 6pm UTC Wednesday October 26th, if we have more than one person interested in a single position the governance committee will work to talk through a solution with the interested parties. If that does not result in agreement a draw will be held to chose the names.

While we will not give preference to anyone, we encourage city leads and international representatives to step forward.

If you want to help but are not able to commit in a lead role all work groups are open for people to contribute to and they are a place to have your voice heard.

What does the Interim Management Team do?

The IMT meets monthly, possibly more in the beginning by conference call. The Chair of the meeting will rotate through the working group leads alphabetically and will follow a consistent agenda template to be created by the governance committee. A volunteer will be sought within the IMT to take notes, if no one volunteers the person slated to chair the following meeting will take notes. Notes will be distributed to all participants within 4 days of a meeting adjournment.

The IMT is a forum to coordinate the activities of the work groups and make decisions that are related to the day to day operations. Additionally;

  • Maintain standards agreed upon by Interim Management Team
  • Present/Represent the CrisisCommons at an Interim Management Team level.
  • May need to meet in person.
  • Possibility of other additional duties as developed

Further guidelines for operation of the group are forthcoming from the governance group.

Working Group Members

Infrastructure
Current Leads – Deborah Shaddon, Chris Foote (Spike)
Contributing Members Andrew Turner, Ted Han
Current Scope
  • Establish CrisisCommons Infrastructure at OSL
  • CCIWG Working Group Team Building and Culture Cultivation
  • CrisisCommons Digital Strategy (Technology)
  • CrisisCommons New CCIWG Projects
  • Ongoing CCIWG Admin, Support, Gardening, Management, and Documentation

Communications
Current Leads – OPEN
Contributing Members Heather Blanchard, Becky Boutwell, Chad Catacchio, Todd Jasper, Joanna Lane, Andrew Lih, Melissa Elliott
Current Scope
This is a workgroup which support CrisisCommons and its projects such as CrisisCamp to effectively communicate to the public and our volunteers.

Community Development
Current Leads –  Chad Cattacchio, OPEN
Contributing Members – Open
The Community group is focused on helping CrisisCamps and individual volunteers have the best experience to collaborate and communicate. Our first goal for 2011 is to build the CrisisCamp in a Box (CCIAB).

Projects
Current Leads –  OPEN
Contributing Members OPEN

Governance
Current Leads David Black, Pascal Schuback
Contributing Members Aaron Huslage, Jeannie Stamberger, Willow Brugh

Current Scope
The scope of the governance committee is to research, develop alternative models, make recommendations and lead the discussion within Crisis Commons on the most appropriate governance structure that will facilitate the vision and goals of CrisisCommons.

In order to make sound recommendations that best suit the organization’s aspirations a framework strategic plan outlining first year goals and objectives will be prepared.

The committee acknowledges that the first strategic plan will have significant flexibility as it will be based on many assumptions and cannot be formally adopted until after a decision-making body is officially defined through the governance-building process itself.

Once a governance model is chosen the committee will oversee the development of bylaws and present them for approval.

Founders
Heather Blanchard, Noel Dickover, Andrew Turner

Once again, please let us hear your voice.  Email pascal@schuback.com and let us know.
Prepared by the Governance Working Group – October 19, 2011

CrisisCommons Interim Governance Introduction

We’ve been getting some questions over at the governance committee about our current
activities. People have stepped up to help us with our tasks and offer their input and
experience from other ventures to assist us. Our committee consists of David Black,
Pascal Schuback, Aaron Huslage, Jeannie Stamberger, and Willow Brugh.

We are pleased that people are showing interest in the group in supporting the
governance process in building the CrisisCommons to be a long lasting organization
supporting this and many other communities. It is important that we all take the
appropriate time, openness and collaboration in structuring and building out the operation
of the CrisisCommons. The following actions will help the CrisisCommons move
forward in creating its organizational identity and eventually its near future operational
structure. This will include the ability to maintain grant projects, expand to additional
unknown future projects and increase our funding steps from many other sources.

The CrisisCommons governance group is putting the final touches on a plan to manage
the process of developing a permanent governance structure to serve the needs of the
Commons. It will be a methodical process for which we hope for much input from the
Commons community and it will take some time, measured in months.

So in the meantime, in parallel, we have been discussing with the current temporary core
team a way to formalize an interim decision-making process. The purpose behind this
is to move a step ahead of where we are right now fairly rapidly, so we can focus on the
longer process.

Because we are moving quickly with the interim model we expect it to be fairly
simple and agile. It won’t be perfect, but we plan to introduce it with a sunset clause in
something like 6 months to a year, or whenever we are ready to convene a CrisisCongress
to ratify the more formal long-term governance model, whichever comes first. Also, we
will propose that the interim group have limited powers, as we won’t have significant
enough accountability built in to the simple model. Again, it won’t be perfect, but it is
temporary and should fit our needs in the short term. We do, of course, want to hear
opinions as this will help us in the development of the long-term structure. It is important
for the community to participate and share their opinions.

We think that the current organization of the working groups addresses much of our
short term needs so we propose not to make changes to the structure at this time.
However, we have a number of vacancies and are inviting people to step up and help
with the leadership. Currently, what has been referred to as the Core Team consists of 5
working groups plus the 3 founders. The working groups are Communications, Projects,
Infrastructure, Governance, and Community. Each working group, or committee, is
supposed to have 2 co-leads that represent the working groups within the Core Team for
a total of 13 people.

Recruiting Working Group Co-leads/IMT Members

Right now we have 6 vacancies as follows:

2 co-leads – Projects, 2 co-leads Communications, 1 co-lead Infrastructure, 1 co-lead
Community. We propose to fill these roles and refer to the accepted full team as the
Interim Management Team. This new name reflects the stewardship role that the team
undertakes. Once again there are vacancies and this is your opportunity to participate.

We are asking for people to join us by sending an email to pascal@schuback.com signaling their interest and their
preferred roles by 6pm UTC Wednesday October 26th, if we have more than one person
interested in a single position the governance committee will work to talk through a
solution with the interested parties. If that does not result in agreement a draw will be
held to chose the names.

While we will not give preference to anyone, we encourage city leads and international
representatives to step forward.

If you want to help but are not able to commit in a lead role all work groups are open for
people to contribute to and they are a place to have your voice heard.

What does the Interim Management Team do?

The IMT meets monthly, possibly more in the beginning by conference call. The Chair
of the meeting will rotate through the working group leads alphabetically and will follow
a consistent agenda template to be created by the governance committee. A volunteer will
be sought within the IMT to take notes, if no one volunteers the person slated to chair the
following meeting will take notes. Notes will be distributed to all participants within 4
days of a meeting adjournment.

The IMT is a forum to coordinate the activities of the work groups and make decisions
that are related to the day to day operations. Additionally;

Maintain standards agreed upon by Interim Management Team
Present/Represent the CrisisCommons at an Interim Management Team level.
May need to meet in person.
Possibility of other additional duties as developed

Further guidelines for operation of the group are forthcoming from the governance group.

Working Group Members

Infrastructure
Current Leads – Deborah Shaddon, Chris Foote (Spike)
Contributing Members Andrew Turner, Ted Han
Current Scope
  • Establish CrisisCommons Infrastructure at OSL
  • CCIWG Working Group Team Building and Culture Cultivation
  • CrisisCommons Digital Strategy (Technology)
  • CrisisCommons New CCIWG Projects
  • Ongoing CCIWG Admin, Support, Gardening, Management, and Documentation

Communications
Current Leads – OPEN
Contributing Members Heather Blanchard, Becky Boutwell, Chad Catacchio, Todd Jasper, Joanna Lane, Andrew Lih, Melissa Elliott
Current Scope
This is a workgroup which support CrisisCommons and its projects such as CrisisCamp to effectively communicate to the public and our volunteers.

Community Development
Current Leads –  Chad Cattacchio, OPEN
Contributing Members – Open
The Community group is focused on helping CrisisCamps and individual volunteers have the best experience to collaborate and communicate. Our first goal for 2011 is to build the CrisisCamp in a Box (CCIAB).

Projects
Current Leads –  OPEN
Contributing Members OPEN

Governance
Current Leads David Black, Pascal Schuback
Contributing Members Aaron Huslage, Jeannie Stamberger, Willow Brugh

Current Scope
The scope of the governance committee is to research, develop alternative models, make recommendations and lead the discussion within Crisis Commons on the most appropriate governance structure that will facilitate the vision and goals of CrisisCommons.

In order to make sound recommendations that best suit the organization’s aspirations a framework strategic plan outlining first year goals and objectives will be prepared.

The committee acknowledges that the first strategic plan will have significant flexibility as it will be based on many assumptions and cannot be formally adopted until after a decision-making body is officially defined through the governance-building process itself.

Once a governance model is chosen the committee will oversee the development of bylaws and present them for approval.

Founders
Heather Blanchard, Noel Dickover, Andrew Turner

Once again, please let us hear your voice.  Email pascal@schuback.com and let us know.
Prepared by the Governance Working Group – October 19, 2011

Come join us on the CrisisCamper!

Did you see all the great use of social media and web tools being used for Hurricane Irene and the east coast earthquake this last week?  It was great to see the forward movement with so much good being done.  The amount of collaboration in the past year in moving forward with technology in preparedness, response, recovery and planing that has taken place is outstanding.  The New Zealand and Japan earthquakes, the many tornado’s, floods and last weeks events alone have help moved not only the social media in emergency management  (#SMEM) initiative but the use of new mobile/web technologies forward tremendously.

This fast paced movement can be challenging to many.  Not only does it take a lot of work to incorporate these new tools, relationships must be built to work through the many changes in processes prior to the next event, big or small.
This is where the CrisisCamper comes in.  CrisisCamper?  YES! CrisisCommons is going on a road trip.  What is this road trip for? It is to help build community, educate and collaborate among all the cities that the CrisisCamper is going to visit.  Each city has their own flavor of concerns, issues, needs and successes.  Every city has community that can help both locally and globally.

The CrisisCamper is a 2 week, 10+ southwest city tour bringing all the different, emergency management/public safety, public/private sectors, volunteer/faith based organizations, technical community and others together.  We will be having discussions, meet ups and barcamp events, called CrisisCamps, throughout the trip. We will also be promoting FEMA’s National Preparedness Month. We will be stopping by the National Emergency Management Associations conference in Austin.  The CrisisCamper Tour is starting September 22nd in San Francisco and finishing up in New Orleans on October 8th with great stops in the middle.

What you can do with the CrisisCamper.  Join us!  The CrisisCamper will be traveling in an RV that can fit 7 people while traveling.  We still have some open seats.  You can also join us locally at one of the cities that we are stopping in or as always stop in virtually.  We will probably be one of the most connected RVs on the road!

If you can’t join us, you can still help us.  The CrisisCamper is a project that is funded by all volunteer support.  All of us joining the trip are taking vacations from our day jobs to take part.  This is my two week vacation.  Our city liaisons are working double duty to help us set up each city and we couldn’t do this without them.  The CrisisCamper has needs that you can help support.  We need to feed the camper, she takes regular unleaded and we figure were going to need about 400 gallons total.  Gas cards can help us move her along.  Were using a Cruise America RV that we rented at an awesome rate to help us not have to stay in as many hotels and it’s 30 feet long!  That’s some great real estate to promote our supporters with a wrap of the RV.  The tour is just under 4000 miles of open interstate.  If you or your organization would like to support the CrisisCamper and it’s forward movement of technology and social media in preparedness, response, recovery and planning of crisis management, we would be happy to have you on board!  Please email us and we would be happy to talk.   Or if you just want to support us for a couple of miles, we would be happy with that as well. We set up a PayPal account if you would like to support us. (crisiscamper@gmail.com) As we receive more in kind donations we reduce our budget needs.
More information can be found on the CrisisCamper Tour site.
Come join us or support us on this great trip.  Thank you!