ThinkingDevelopment: Haiti Week
15 November 2010
From November 15th to 19th UCL-borne NGO, Thinking Development, the Global Development Initiatives Society and the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction invite you to participate in Haiti Week.
1. Lecture: "Introducing Haiti 10 months On"
5.30pm, November 15th, Christopher Ingold Auditorium
Prof. Andrew Leak of the UCL French Department opens our campaign by providing us a unique overview of the history that contributed to such disastrous consequences after January 12th's earthquake, and an update of the current state of affairs.
2. Panel discussion: "Preparing for a More Disaster-Resilient Future", Nov. 18th, 5.30pm
Our four distinguished panelists will consider, from the perspective of their career and with reference to recent events in Haiti, the role of research and humanitarian actor collaboration, and the virtues and dangers of codifying lessons for the future. Chaired by the UCL DPU's Cassidy Johnson, the panel includes:
-- David Sanderson of Oxford Brooks
-- Kate Crawford of CARE International
-- Camillo Boano, UCL DPU
-- Muki Haklay, UCL Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
For directions and to register for free, go to http://thinkingdevelopmentpanel1.eventbrite.com/
For more information on this and other Haiti Week events, please visit: http://www.thinkingdevelopment.org/haitiweek.html
3. IRDR Workshop: "Google, Twitter, maps and mobile phones: A tech revolution for disaster response?"
17th November, 14:00-16:00, Gordon House 106, 29 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PP (map)
Join the IRDR member Anna Mason to find out how people just like you embraced the technology we take for granted everyday to connect people and information in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. People from every corner of the globe found new innovative ways to use their computers and mobile phones to exchange information that could help save lives or show their support. Efforts to leap geographical barriers were impressive, yet raised many new questions such as how do we filter through the mountains of communication being exchanged to find the really critical information? What motivates people to communicate and engage more? And, how can researchers ensure knowledge on innovation is communicated effectively and put into practice?
Eligibility: All welcome. No technical knowledge required! However, to enable interactivity, places are limited. To secure one, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Tech Workshop' in the subject bar. Please include a sentence or two detailing your background and interest. UCL students will receive priority.
4. New Internationalist Workshop: "Haiti: Disaster Relief or Disaster Development?"
Date: 17th November
Venue: Gordon House 106, 29 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PP (map)
Eligibility: All welcome. No technical knowledge required! However, to enable interactivity, places are limited. To secure one, email us at email@example.com with 'NI Workshop' in the subject bar. Please include a sentence or two detailing your background and interest. UCL students will receive priority.
Details: This workshop looks at the history of Haiti and explores how this history contributed to the extent of the destruction and suffering caused by the earthquake. It will ask the question: 'how could it have been different?' And: 'what can be done next?' This is another very interactive workshop. After a short talk on the topic (20 minutes or so), the facilitators will conduct group activities that explore the crucial questions.
Facilitators: Rob Norman and Felix Jakens, New Internationalist