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FEMA Think Tank Call

The next Think Tank call on "Innovation" is coming up this Wednesday.

by Eric Holdeman / February 4, 2013

Another Think Tank Call is scheduled for later this week.  Information on how to dial in is below.  I read the Lessons from Sandy:  A Word on Innovation  At first the word "innovation" and their examples given didn't ring a bell with me.  So, I looked up the definition of "innovation" and got the following:


Innovation is the development of new customers value through solutions that meet new needs, inarticulate needs, or old customer and market needs in value adding new ways.This is accomplished through more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that are readily available to markets, governments, and society. Innovation differs from invention in that innovation refers to the use of a better and, as a result, novel idea or method, whereas invention refers more directly to the creation of the idea or method itself. Innovation differs from improvement in that innovation refers to the notion of doing something different (Lat. innovare: "to change") rather than doing the same thing better.


OK, alright--I guess I was thinking more "invention" as something totally new versus adaptation.  It feels a bit more like people were being proactive with the resources at hand.  Maybe it takes a group of outside people to do what they did--but, what does that say about the rest of FEMA staff?


The next FEMA Think Tank Conference Call is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM EST. The theme for the discussion is innovative solutions in emergency management.

WHAT:                      FEMA Think Tank

WHO:                        Richard Serino, FEMA Deputy Administrator

WHEN:                      Wednesday, February 6, 2013    12:00PM – 1:30PM (Eastern)

CALL IN:                   888-324-6998


CAPTIONING:         http://fedrcc.us//Enter.aspx?EventID=2090240&CustomerID=321

After Hurricane Sandy, FEMA developed an Innovation Team in New York: a multi-sector, cross functional group made up of people in government, non-profit and international organizations, volunteer groups, businesses, and concerned citizens. For more information about the Innovation Team’s efforts, please visit http://www.fema.gov/blog/2013-01-15/lessons-sandy-word-innovation.

Document Link: http://www.fema.gov/fema-think-tank