I’m thrilled to share that I am flying tomorrow to present the Emergency 2.0 Wiki on the world stage at the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference (#IDRC2014) in Davos Switzerland.
This conference is organised by the Global Risk Forum in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and is the largest world gathering of key players in this field.
Importantly, it is a powerful opportunity to influence world policy. As a speaker I will be making recommendations for the Post 2015 Disaster Risk Reduction Framework to be ratified at the UN World Conference WCDRR in Sendai Japan in 2015.
This news is particularly thrilling because I’m flying despite my crowdfunding appeal not reaching its target on Monday.
What made it possible was a combination of a sponsorship from Emergency Management Australia, part of the Australian Attorney General’s Department, combined with the amazing phenomenon of people honoring their crowdfunding pledges anyway and making donations directly towards my trip (often increasing their gift) … all in time for me to fly tomorrow!
I’m excited to have this opportunity to showcase the Emergency 2.0 Wiki on the world stage and share our message on how countries can build disaster resilience through a whole of community approach to using social media.
I also look forward to making strategic contacts to form alliances with international bodies.
You can join the conversation on the conference via the hashtag #IDRC2014.
I plan to honour the rewards that I offered via the crowdfunding campaign (social media recognition and tip guides).
I also plan to write a post to share the lessons learned from my crowdfunding experiences: from my first campaign to raise funds for the conference registration fee to secure my place… which was successful and this campaign to raise funds to enable me to travel there… which was not.
My sincerest thanks and gratitude to all who made this possible. Together, we will make our world safer…