Emergency Warning and Community Response: The Edge of Technology and Culture

It was a tiny pop quiz in the midst of a comprehensive examination.

First Responders do reach out to the Deaf community
First Responders reaching to the Deaf community

During last November’s nationwide test of FEMA’s public warning system, an action research study (#DEMX) was conducted to assess the communication potential of social media. The goal was to find a way to bridge the longstanding divide between “people of … Read more...

Can Twitter help build programs not prisons?

Kalle Lasn, one of the creators of the Occupy Wall Street meme (and founder of the Canadian magazine, Adbusters) has described the police raid to clear Zuccotti Park as “the latest in a series of crisis-driven opportunities.” In his interview with Mattathias Schwartz, Lasn asserts, “World wars, revolutions—from time to time, big things actually happen . . . When the moment is right, all it takes is a spark.” Lasn is calling the evictions the end of Phase I and is now calling for Phase II… What if the focus group dimension of Twitter described by Adam Green could be extended as a platform for aggregating collective intelligence? #KeepSpreadingTheMeme
Kalle Lasn, one of the creators of the Occupy Wall Street meme (and founder of the Canadian magazine, Adbusters) has described the police raid to clear Zuccotti Park as “the latest in a series of crisis-driven opportunities.” In his interview with Mattathias Schwartz, Lasn asserts, “World wars, revolutions—from time to time, big things actually happen . . . When the moment is right, all it takes is a spark.” Lasn is calling the evictions the end of Phase I and is now calling for Phase II… What if the focus group dimension of Twitter described by Adam Green could be extended as a platform for aggregating collective intelligence? #KeepSpreadingTheMeme

Emergency Communication and the Deaf

In all of the years of researching and taking courses / training in crisis communications – one group has not been mentioned as much as others.  This audience group is the deaf community.  How do we go about in making sure that this audience group gets the same information about an emergency or crisis like all of our other Read more...

Deaf Tweet-to-Teach Emergency Responders

The #demx research project of the November 9, 2011 national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) uses Twitter to investigate whether emergency warnings reach the Deaf community in a timely and understandable manner.
The #demx research project of the November 9, 2011 national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) uses Twitter to investigate whether emergency warnings reach the Deaf community in a timely and understandable manner.

Tornadoes and the Deaf Community in Western Massachusetts

This survey generated some interesting data which might be useful in generating hypotheses for future testing and eventually guiding design for better warning systems, improved emergency preparation, and the smooth integration of emergency response service delivery to people with so-called "functional needs" or otherwise requiring "additional assistance" - particularly the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing.
This survey generated some interesting data which might be useful in generating hypotheses for future testing and eventually guiding design for better warning systems, improved emergency preparation, and the smooth integration of emergency response service delivery to people with so-called "functional needs" or otherwise requiring "additional assistance" - particularly the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing.

Rudolph Steiner on Loyalty

"Reassurances" by Roger Broer, Lakota (on display at Denver Int'l Airport)
"Reassurances" by Roger Broer, Lakota (on display at Denver Int'l Airport)

“Gain for yourself a new, strong-willed attitude towards loyalty;

what people ordinarily call loyalty evaporates so quickly.

Make this your loyalty:

You will experience in another person moments,
rapidly passing away,
in which he [ or she ] will appear to you filled,
aglow with the ageless image

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Developing Leaders: Dynamics and Dilemmas

Springfield youth were asked to come up with ONE WORD to describe everyone in their randomly assigned group.
Springfield youth were asked to come up with ONE WORD to describe everyone in their randomly assigned group.

A Taste of College:
Youth Leadership Development Retreat

Amherst MA

Whenever I work in teams, I always mention the significance of following. It is rare, however, to be able to carry that conversation forward. I hope this time is different. Following … Read more...

Dental Update (life lessons, part two)

Carefully cultivating the working culture of the office promotes not only high morale among employees, but extends its reach into the community at large. Through rituals of review, investigation, teasing, and expressions of curiosity and concern the combined efforts of dentist, hygienists, receptionist, x-ray tech and administrators changed me. The changes are significant at two levels: in terms of behavior and attitude.
Carefully cultivating the working culture of the office promotes not only high morale among employees, but extends its reach into the community at large. Through rituals of review, investigation, teasing, and expressions of curiosity and concern the combined efforts of dentist, hygienists, receptionist, x-ray tech and administrators changed me. The changes are significant at two levels: in terms of behavior and attitude.

Why Millennials Need DayGlow

In "DayGlow Makes Us Normal," students blend a sharp knowledge of context with an unapologetic stance in support of 'the blue pill' - meaning an uncritical embrace of technology, particularly in terms of how it can be used to serve the needs of the self. These young people show us that they are doing their best to deal with everything; however surviving means sometimes choosing not to know in order to have the 'escape' that recharges them to be able to carry on....The other video is less ambiguous, showing more of the Red Pill approach through some critical juxtapositions that seem to ask "Do We Have to Be This Way?"
In "DayGlow Makes Us Normal," students blend a sharp knowledge of context with an unapologetic stance in support of 'the blue pill' - meaning an uncritical embrace of technology, particularly in terms of how it can be used to serve the needs of the self. These young people show us that they are doing their best to deal with everything; however surviving means sometimes choosing not to know in order to have the 'escape' that recharges them to be able to carry on....The other video is less ambiguous, showing more of the Red Pill approach through some critical juxtapositions that seem to ask "Do We Have to Be This Way?"