Our History

Carlos Miranda Levy • 13 October 2011

Relief 2.0 was born out of the experience and active participation of a multidisciplinary group of individuals from around the globe who responded to the earthquake crisis in Haiti and effectively ran the last mile with independent units deployed in the field, supported by mobile communications technology and coordinated via social networks.

Frustrated by the inefficiency of the conventional disaster response approach, we organized the first Relief 2.0 workshop at Stanford University on February 2010 where multiple actors shared and discussed their fields experiences and lessons learned.

Based on our field work, combined with academic and social research our detailed Relief 2.0 model for effective disaster response was born.

10 months after the earthquake and with over 12 billion dollars pledged and donated by the world to Haiti, the lives of Haitian continue to be disrupted and the local stakeholders and resources remain excluded of the recovery process, their local capacity ignored, effectively turning them in dependents of alien assistance and decisions.

With the mounting number of Haitians dying of cholera, our frustration grew larger, and we revisited our model, focusing now on how to generate local wealth and allow local stakeholders to be responsible of their own recovery and growth. This brought us to our model explaining Exclusion of Local Resources and Alienation of Funds in Conventional Disaster Relief and Response.

This model was then presented and discussed on November 2010 at CrisisCamps held at the National University of Singapore and Stanford University, California; a Relief 2.0 workshop at the Andean Community headquarters in Lima, Peru and the launch of Civil Society 2.0 TechCamp organized by the US Department of State in Santiago, Chile. The feedback and collaboration reached by this global tour gave birth to Entrepreneurial Response to Disaster: A social business model.

This model was then shared with global stakeholders at the Global Social Innovation Forum, worked on Random Hacks of Kindness 2.0 and thoroughly discussed, evaluated and evolved on Garag3 Startup Validation Camp on December 2010.

Following the Big Tohoku Earthquake in March 2011, we have done 5 field missions and spent months in the disaster area working together with disaster survivors for further improvement of the model and the sustainable recovery initiatives.

In more recent years, we have engaged with disaster survivors in Myanmar, Nepal and other areas to promote profitable recovery initiatives, entrepreneurial capacity and facilitate sales of their products.

Our online Marketplace is going live on 2017, at the same time of our Impact Immigrants project in Europe.

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