Elevating the interconnected nature of research and practice to reduce impacts of natural hazards and disasters

Elevating the interconnected nature of research and practice to reduce impacts of natural hazards and disasters

Impact360 connects researchers, practitioners, needs, and resources to create problem-focused professional communities that can design scalable solutions. We facilitate inclusive problem solving that emphasizes needs-based cycles of knowledge and action focused on natural hazards and disasters.

Infographic showing practitioners and researchers collaborating to reduce natural hazards and disaster impacts
Infographic showing practitioners and researchers collaborating to reduce natural hazards and disaster impacts

How We Can Help

We can support you through design and facilitation services for inclusive problem solving, capacity building events, and tools and toolkits to help researchers and practitioners communicate, collaborate, and co-create.

Our Pillars

Develop Strong Points of Connection

We advocate for the right resources for the right solutions, cultivate professional relationships to expand researcher and practitioner capacities, and help identify and define complex problems requiring the integration of research and practice.

Enable Inclusive Problem Solving

We work to activate a needs-based cycle of knowledge-to-action and action-to-knowledge by fostering collaboration and co-creation that enables scalable, sustainable solutions.

Champion Integrative Approaches

We aim to make conventional research-practice boundaries more permeable, promote researcher-practitioner interaction, and encourage cross-pollination of ideas across natural hazards and disaster specialties.

“I have served as a broadcast meteorologist for 40 years, and clearly understand physical science is not enough to do my job effectively, especially during times of dangerous and life threatening weather. Impact360 Alliance is the organization we have been waiting for; it brings the interdisciplinary approach we desperately need to be successful. Those in leadership, and on the steering committee, are visionaries that will bring actionable knowledge to practitioners. Knowledge that can result in more lives saved. ”

James Spann, CBM
ABC 33/40

“The Impact360 Alliance is an exciting outgrowth of efforts by government, academic, business, and non-profit leaders who are passionate about improving society’s response and resilience in natural hazards. Having watched the idea grow from before it had a name, I am thrilled to see the reality it has become. I have no doubt this organization, and the fantastic people who support it, will make a difference.”

Lans P. Rothfusz
Former Deputy Director of NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory

“In the United States the work of disaster risk reduction will never be accomplished solely by the private sector, nor will it be a production solely of the government. There is (and has for a very long time) been the need for interlocutors, experts who can bring scientists and other experts together with practitioners, policy makers, and citizens. It's work we all believe in, but balancing expertise with participation and representation (i.e. democracy) is hard, unrelenting work. I am confident that the Impact360 Alliance will be a crucial leader in this work.”

Scott Gabriel Knowles
Professor of History, Drexel University
slowdisaster.com  |  @USofDisaster

“In the summer of 2019, our natural hazards community had the chance to see Impact360 Alliance in action. Their use of graphic recording, storytelling, and other creative approaches to facilitate information sharing helped promote new conversations and connections between researchers and practitioners. This is how enduring change becomes possible.”

Lori Peek
Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado Boulder

"Working with Scott and his talented team at Impact360 Alliance was an absolute pleasure. They were collaborative, agile and innovative and treated us as true team members. Experts in their field, and always ready to try new things, they took on new approaches, such as webinars, with ease, and made them an instant success. We greatly enjoyed the partnership and would welcome an opportunity to work with them again in the future."

Laura Stockwell
CEO, Big Thinkers Society

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Impact360 believes in the power of the collective knowledge and experience of researchers and practitioners.

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