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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.

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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Seeking New Steering Committee Members

Seeking New Steering Committee Members

We are seeking a few dedicated professionals to serve on our steering committee. The steering committee provides guidance and feedback to our Director and works on initiatives that further Impact360’s pillars, growth, and success. Steering committee members are...

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A Look Back at 2019 and Everything We Accomplished

A Look Back at 2019 and Everything We Accomplished

This past year was the first full calendar year that Impact360 Alliance has been in operation. 2019 went by really fast for me, and I can already tell that 2020 is going to go by even faster. The year started just how we were hoping: By the end of 2018, we had a new...

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Have You Heard of the Convergence Pyramid?

Have You Heard of the Convergence Pyramid?

At Impact360, we talk a lot about integrating research and practice, integrative approaches, or even making the boundaries between research and practice more permeable. We also talk about how we want to connect researchers and practitioners, help them work better...

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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 Impact 360 Alliance will be a crucial leader in this work..”

Scott Gabriel Knowles
Professor of History, Drexel University
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