Crisis Collaboration and Innovation in Haiti

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Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:

The 2010 Haiti earthquake exacerbated an already unprecedented humanitarian emergency, yet the international community, both professional and volunteer, responded in an unprecedented manner. New technologies were leveraged, but the most remarkable achievements were the ways in which people collaborated across domains and organizations. People were pulled out from collapsed buildings alive because of a complex response process and communication chain that started with a single text message.

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Luke Beckman

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Luke Beckman arrived at InSTEDD in the spring of 2007 and serves as the US National Response Manager developing InSTEDD’s US-centered efforts in humanitarian relief and disaster response. In that position he manages relationships with crisis response organizations around the nation and his focus is geographical rather than topical, focused primarily on issues inside US borders, but capitalizing on InSTEDD’s international experience. Luke has been working in disaster response and pandemic influenza for the past five years, focusing on community resilience and the increasing of collaboration between citizens and the government in times of crisis.

He began working in disaster management as a Red Cross office and shelter manager following Hurricane Katrina as a member of the Washington, D.C. Armory Disaster Response Team, and has most recently worked in the U.S. Senate on the design and implementation of a National Disaster Response Corps. He has worked in Southeast Asia on regional health and disaster initiatives, on health education and treatment in the highlands of Guatemala as a public health team leader for the Global Healthcare Project, and in Palo Alto as a member of a team writing a Pandemic Flu Preparedness manual that is now distributed globally in more than seven languages. Most recently, he helped to coordinate the cross sector response to the earthquake in Haiti. Mr. Beckman also serves as a member of the National Institute for Urban Search and Rescue.

He is a graduate of Stanford University in international security, public service, and human biology, concentrating in decision-making in global biodefense. At Stanford, Mr. Beckman was a Haas Center Public Service Leadership Fellow and an Honors Awardee with the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation. His thesis topic, “Using Collaboration Technology to Enhance the Citizen-Government Relationship in Pandemic Flu Preparedness” is available on request.

Luke holds a patent in detecting, assessing, and diagnosing sleep apnea, and in the assessing of preconditions for stroke through the use of transcranial doppler technology. He also serves as the Executive Director for the TBI & PTSD Project (Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder): a consortium working to promote and demonstrate the efficacy of hyperbaric oxygen to treat wounded veterans.

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