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More than Collaboration
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More than Collaboration

IDRN’s desire to foster “new and better collaboration” involves far more than meets the eye. Growing up in west Texas, you could drive for miles without seeing another car. When you did, it was customary to wave—a simple act of politeness. A friend from the former USSR found this inconceivable, leading to some laughs. However, this...

Why Grassroots?
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Why Grassroots?

Q: IDRN emphasizes the grassroots aspect of our network. Why? A: Most disaster response efforts could benefit from more informed grassroots engagement. First, let us revisit things that are opposite of grassroots. Top-down. Highly structured. Corporate. Government. Elite. An establishment or power structure proactively shaping a culture or society with an agenda. Whatever word one...

A Month of Vision+Q&A Sessions
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A Month of Vision+Q&A Sessions

May 2024 is an important month as we are consolidating what has been learned from the past 8 months of meetings, travel, and introductions. We will be working to significantly increase and improve the clarity of what the International Disaster Response Network (IDRN) will look like in the future. The initial and specific plans we...

Personal Introductions: Viral Growth & Network Effects
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Personal Introductions: Viral Growth & Network Effects

Over the recent months, we have been encouraged to meet with people from over 50 different countries – introducing the vision for relaunching IDRN this coming year as a registry focused on improving awareness. That awareness will be multifaceted including:   awareness of those responding to a specific crisis event,   awareness of various groups’ focuses...

IDRN Regional Gathering Research
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IDRN Regional Gathering Research

We have been actively researching possible venues to host an IDRN Global regional gathering – especially accessible to Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Current, venues being considered are in Cairo, Egypt and Istanbul, Turkey. We are looking at early December 2024 or January 2025 as a possible timeframe. If you are interested in hearing...

Introduction Video
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Introduction Video

When we need everything all at once – systems, explainers, websites, printed material, examples, stories – it can be difficult to know to do first. And then sometimes, it becomes very clear. We are meeting a lot of people at this current conference – more than we met in Africa in late January. It would...