A visual journey through the impact of the earthquakes that hit Haiti in January 2010 and Japan on March 2011, the joint response and sustainable recovery efforts. (more...)
Bicycle ride from Santo Domingo to Port-au-Prince, New York and Boston. Bringing together the TEDx communities on these cities and raising awareness on the challenges and opportunities of innovation and collaboration. (more...)
Time slows down to a crawl, an exasperating dragging of seconds, minutes, hours, days in which most of what you do is relive the experience of losing loved ones, of all your goals, dreams, efforts being washed away in an instant. That is the reality of most disaster survivors living today in shelter. Add to that the uncertainty of the future: Will we be able to go back to our homes, will we be able to rebuild, is it safe, will we be relocated, will a second tsunami come? and the situation is enough to take a significant toll in the spirit, health and even in the behavior of most people.
Although time seems to stand still in the shelters, truth is that it flows continuously and we could all work together to turn the time spent by the survivors in the shelters into an opportunity to learn and develop valuable, practical skills that will keep them busy, return a sense of usefulness and normality and can even get them to become self-reliable, income generating productive members of the post-disaster societies they now belong too. It should not be that difficult: after all, most of them had real jobs, business, passions, hobbies and regular activities before being confined in the shelters. Let's work with them so that they can return to the routine of a productive life of learning, sharing and value generation.
Relief 2.0 is working in enabling a collaborative platform for creating, distributing and improving short capacity building units which can be freely distributed and imparted in shelters by anyone and even be completed collaboratively as a group.
The "Capacity Building" lessons are action oriented, short, deliverable in one or very few sessions to achieve high rates of completion, use active learning and project based learning techniques, supported by visual, non-digital materials. Their content, methodology and support material can be digitally distributed (downloaded) so that local partner organizations can easily replicate the courses in the field and in remote areas without the need of digital equipment, connectivity or electric power.
These lessons are collaboratively created by global partners and local organizations and shared to create a large, open database of practical training units which local organizations and individuals anywhere can access and use to build local capacity.
These capacity building units are to comply with at least the following characteristics:
Some of the challenges we face to implement the project in the shelters are:
Some examples of the lessons are...
This is a specific opportunity which can be addressed and where many of us can participate. We will soon invite everyone to submit their ideas, proposals or full lessons to share.