Editor’s note: In September 2012, the Commons Lab hosted the Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management workshop. Over two days, we spoke with a number of event participants for a series of video podcasts covering various aspect of the proceedings. Additional installments will be posted in the coming weeks. The workshop summary report is available here.
We caught up with Kate Starbird at the Digital Grassroots to Government workshop in September 2012 to talk about public engagement during emergency situations.
Starbird, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington and director of the Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation Laboratory, is particularly qualified to tackle this subject considering her work looking at large- and small-scale group online interaction related to mass crises and disasters. In this podcast, Starbird discusses talks the operational and technical challenges to engaging volunteers and the public during emergency situations.
Starbird recently completed her doctoral research on “crowdwork, crisis and convergence” at the University of Colorado. She worked as a member of Project EPIC and helped co-created the “Tweak the Tweet,” a project to train citizens about providing information during emergency situations using existing social media sites and technology.