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John Crowley

John Crowley
Research Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and STAR-TIDES

Website | @jcrowley

John coordinates a community of developers who build solutions for big problems in humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations. One of those issues is how to create a bridge between governments, NGOs, and stressed populations using crowdsourcing and other forms of collective intelligence.

Supporting the STAR-TIDES initiative at the National Defense University, he led a tiger team to connect crowdsourcing communities with the U.S. Southern Command’s emergency operations centre during the Haiti response. Between earthquakes, John coordinates the “Camp Roberts” RELIEF experiments through the Naval Postgraduate School—a program that gathers participants from responder communities and challenges them to swarm around shared problems. Through the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, John is expanding an existing program in crisis mapping to include the theory and practice around collective intelligence for response operations.

John holds an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was the Robert C. Seamans Fellow in Science, Technology, and Public Policy. He also holds masters and bachelors degrees in intellectual history and music from Boston University. He tweets at @jcrowley.

Sessions

Jon Udell (Microsoft), Robert Greenberg (G&H International Services, Inc), Greg Whisenant (GroopVille, Inc.), John Crowley (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and STAR-TIDES), Robert Davis (San Jose Police Department)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Public safety organizations at every level of government are looking at new ways to engage each other and the public. This session will focus on the importance of timely and actionable information, the role of the public, reputation systems and the critical importance of crowd sourcing to enable public safety to better to achieve its objectives. Read more.
Emerging Topics
Location: Room 207 B
Andy Carvin (NPR), Noel Dickover (Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO), Commercial Technologies & Systems Directorate (contractor)), Patrick Meier (Ushahidi), John Crowley (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and STAR-TIDES), Heather Blanchard (Crisis Commons), Walton Smith (Booz Allen Hamilton)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
After a succession of catastrophic natural disasters, there has been a surge in interest, participation and technical innovation in the disaster response community. The Internet now exposes a global audience to the raw fury of disasters like the earthquake in Haiti. This session will examine what next-generation disaster response platform might look like. Read more.
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