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Welcome to Impact360’s blog: The 360. Here you will find our thoughts about how researchers and practitioners can build stronger connections, integrate their approaches, and solve problems together to reduce the impacts of natural hazards and disasters. We also share Impact360 Alliance news, events, and announcements, as well as profiles about people working for and with Impact360.

Tips for Collaborating and Communicating Virtually

Tips for Collaborating and Communicating Virtually

Have you been sent home and told to work remotely? Maybe your workshop or conference was canceled, and you are struggling to deal with what to do now? If you are used to working in an office, it can take some time to get comfortable with working at home.  Impact360...

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A Checklist for Facilitating Virtual Collaboration Sessions

A Checklist for Facilitating Virtual Collaboration Sessions

In my last post, I shared how the Impact360 team uses Zoom and Miro for our virtual collaboration sessions. If it sounds like facilitating a virtual collaboration session might be tricky, that’s because it is! Similar to facilitating a meeting in person, there are...

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Using Miro and Zoom for Virtual Collaboration Sessions

Using Miro and Zoom for Virtual Collaboration Sessions

Impact360 staff all live in different places. I am in Oakland, California, Zane is in Portland, Oregon, Norman, Oklahoma, is Daphne's home, and Scott lives in Houston. As an entirely distributed team, our meetings are held over Zoom. One of our core values is being...

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How Improv Helped Me Grow as a Facilitator and Communicator

How Improv Helped Me Grow as a Facilitator and Communicator

I am always looking for opportunities to grow as a facilitator. When our Director, Scott Miles, suggested I take improvisational theatre classes, I immediately said, “yes, and.” That’s what you’re supposed to do, right?   Scott had a lot of evidence behind his...

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Bringing Problem-Solving Tools to Researchers and Practitioners

Bringing Problem-Solving Tools to Researchers and Practitioners

Impact360 has begun sharing problem-solving tools with our partners. In early February, we were invited to showcase our Storytelling for Inclusive Problem-Solving Workshop to our partners at the National Weather Center, National Weather Service, and the University of...

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Disaster Drinks, Communication, and Collaboration

Disaster Drinks, Communication, and Collaboration

Have you seen our recent social posts about Disaster Drinks? It's not instructions on how to make frozen hurricanes, mudslides, or a flaming volcano cocktail, although those would all be great drinks to try out at one of these events! Instead, we are trying to...

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Building Stronger Connections and Supporting One Another

Building Stronger Connections and Supporting One Another

In my role as Impact360's Program Manager, communicating with our partners is everything. How can we build desirable tools without listening to the needs of disaster professionals? How can we connect people if we're unaware of their challenges? And how do we find the...

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Creating Personas for Researchers and Practitioners

Creating Personas for Researchers and Practitioners

User personas are commonly utilized in human-centered design. Personas can be considered a cross between sociological profiles, marketing archetypes, and personality types used to synthesize insights from observing, reading about, and talking to members of some target...

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“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
Director
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."

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CEO, Big Thinkers Society

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