We’re crowdsourcing ideas for our Strategic Plan!

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Flickr Lyn Friedman

We’re crowdsourcing ideas for our Strategic Plan and we’d love to hear yours!

To coincide with our upcoming 2nd birthday on 8 December, we’ve released our Draft Strategic Plan and shared it as a Google Doc. To capture your ideas and feedback we’ve created a Google Doc Feedback Form.

We will publicly acknowledge all who participated when we publish the final strategic plan.

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Flickr Randy Le’Moine

Our Vision

To help build resilient communities empowered with the knowledge to use social media to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

What we believe
Social media, disaster apps

Social media & disaster apps on cellphone

We believe that together we can help create a world where during emergencies and disasters, communities use social media to save their own lives and the lives of others.

  • Where emergency services use social media to issue alerts and warnings
  • Where emergency services engage with the community as partners
  • Where the community is prepared, including people with a disability
  • Where digital volunteers from across the globe provide ‘information aid’ during and after disasters
  • Where the community helps the community recover
  • Checkout our future scenarios for what this could look like in action.
Emergency 2.0 Wiki Community via TweepsMap

Emergency 2.0 Wiki Community via TweepsMap

Who we are

The Emergency 2.0 Wiki is a nonprofit driven entirely by volunteers. Our volunteers form a global, online, collaborative community of professionals and organisations drawn from emergency services, government, NGO’s, business, health, education and media, sharing their knowledge to help create resilient communities.

We utilise the Wiki, this Blog, Twitter, a LinkedIn Group, Google +, YouTube, Slideshare, Skype, Google+ Hangouts and Google Docs to communicate, collaborate, crowdsource and co-create.

emergency2.0wiki_logo_colour_lowres (2)The 4 key areas of focus for our Strategic Plan are:
  1. Become financially & operationally viable
  2. Increase participation & collaboration
  3. Increase reach
  4. Increase content
 Timeframe: Sunday 8 December (AEDT)

The Draft Strategic Plan is open for your ideas and feedback via the Feedback Form for two weeks. The deadline is Sunday 8 December (AEDT). Please share this post with people you believe could add value to this process.  It takes a global community to maintain the Emergency 2.0 Wiki, so we are looking forward to your ideas. Thank you in advance!

Emergency 2.0 Wiki Twitter mosaic

Emergency 2.0 Wiki Twitter mosaic

Other ways you can become involved

We thought now would also be a good time to invite you to become more involved. Our How to Help page outlines lots of options. Here are a few:

  • Join one of our Reference Groups to help lead the content development of the Wiki.
  • Join a Wiki Work Team to help drive key areas such as marketing and communications, education and training, library and research
  • Become a Pro bono partner. We are seeking pro bono partnerships for Accounting Services, Marketing and Communications and other services

The Emergency 2.0 Wiki community are an inspirational group of people helping create resilient communities across the globe. Many thanks to all of you and we look forward to your continued support for a successful year three!

Eileen Culleton, Founder & CEO (Voluntary)


  1. Eileen Culleton says:

    Hi All, I just wanted to flag that I made an error when I first uploaded and shared the link to the Ideas/Feedback Form on this blog post. I forgot to convert it to a “Google Doc”… which meant that everyone could see it, but they couldn’t edit it and add their ideas. I’ve fixed it now, but I just wanted to share a couple of tips to save you making the same mistake as me:
    • Google Docs is an online word processor that lets you create and format text documents and collaborate with other people in real time.
    • You can do this by creating a new online document while you are in Google Drive, or by uploading an existing document (which is what I did, because I wanted to have the Wiki Logo on the Feedback Form and it seemed a quicker option for me )
    • The key thing is that if you upload your own document you need to convert it to a Google Doc or people will only be able to view and comment but not edit (which is what we needed to capture your ideas).
    • So you also need to click on the “Share” button and then select an option. In our case it is “Can edit”.
    • For How To Guides visit “Get Started with Using Google Docs ” https://support.google.com/drive/answer/143206?hl=en&ref_topic=21008

    We promote the use of Google Docs on the Emergency 2.0 Wiki for emergency and disaster situations because it enables you to:
    • Use to collaborate virtually in real time on documents
    • Anyone anywhere with an internet connection can access (you can also restrict access)
    • Can be used to aggregate information in real time eg available resources
    • Reduce errors as people can directly enter information from location
    • Increases response times as there is no delay in getting information entered by one person, can be done in real time from location
    • Can be sent as a link via email (or as an attachment), a Tweet, posted on the wall of a Facebook Account, Yammer Account
    • Can embed onto your website
    Example: Americorps tracked volunteers using Google Spreadsheets following the Joplin tornado. To view the video and see the case study visit Google Crisis Response site
    We have this info on the Wiki in two sections:
    1. Collaboration with key stakeholders: http://bit.ly/1heW34L
    2. Business Continuity – establishing a temporary workforce: http://bit.ly/FQJ9as
    I’ve now added the Link to “Getting Started with Google Docs” to both sections.

    Looking forward to your ideas/feedback on the Strategic Plan!
    Cheers, Eileen

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