Inclusive Problem-Solving Toolkit For Reducing Natural Hazards Impacts and Disaster Risk


[Re]Align participants around a shared understanding of individual values, goals, and interests for the problem situation, as well as their disparate ways of knowing and working.

Reasons to Use:

    • New or unfamiliar participants

    • Highly interdisciplinary participants

    • First-time researcher-practitioner convergence

    • Conflicts between assumed solutions, interests, and norms

Outcomes of Success:

    • Integrative language and ways of knowing

    • Shared problem-solving priorities, goals, & vision

    • Increased empathy and culture among participants

    • Organization and process for working together

Objectives of Process Steps:

1. Welcome new researcher and practitioner participants and finalize the principles of inclusion for the problem-solving process

2. Build empathy, determine mutual interests, and clarify disciplinary approaches to the problem topic

3. Agree on a shared vision and goals for participating in and facilitating the problem-solving process

4. Establish the roles, responsibilities, and expectations for researcher and practitioner participants in the problem-solving process

Join Impact360 Alliance to learn more about Toolkit360 and how we can develop an inclusive problem-solving plan with you.

“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  |  @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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