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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.

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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Researchers and Practitioners Collaborate on New Technology

Researchers and Practitioners Collaborate on New Technology

At the NOAA National Severe Storms Lab (NSSL), severe weather researchers and practitioners are working together on new forecasting technology that will benefit not only forecasters, but also emergency managers, broadcast meteorologists, and ultimately the public....

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Impact360 Hires New Staff Members

Impact360 Hires New Staff Members

Impact360 welcomes new staff to assist with the mission of elevating the interconnected nature of research and practice to reduce the impacts of disasters and natural hazards. Program Manager Zane Beall Zane was introduced to emergency management as an undergraduate...

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Bringing Natural Hazards Researchers and Practitioners Together

Bringing Natural Hazards Researchers and Practitioners Together

“The act of sharing will be the glue that binds everything together. We're all pieces of the puzzle, but someone has to go through the work of putting us together to make the big picture emerge, and I see Impact360 playing a key role in that.” - Kim Klockow-McClain,...

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The Art of Communication

The Art of Communication

One of the biggest ideas that drives Impact360 is the importance of collaborative communication between researchers and practitioners. We believe elevating the interconnected nature of research and practice will help reduce the impact of natural disasters and hazards....

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Intellectual Humility Is Key For Working Together

Intellectual Humility Is Key For Working Together

Impact360 Alliance strives to build strong points of connection between natural hazards and disaster researchers and practitioners, while fostering integrative approaches that combine a diversity of scientific and professional disciplines. We believe building these...

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Building Connections, Building Solutions

Building Connections, Building Solutions

In 2001, White, Kates, and Burton published an article “Knowing Better and Losing Even More,” writing that not enough effort has gone into integrating research and practice to get knowledge into action and reduce impacts of natural hazards and disasters. In a 2018...

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Facing Our Challenges Head On

Facing Our Challenges Head On

Impact360 Alliance’s overall aim is to help interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners reduce the impacts of natural hazards and disasters. To do this, we work on building three pillars: strong points of connection, integrative approaches, and dynamic problem...

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“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. ”

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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
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“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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