Exponential Thinking with Youth in Disasters
What does it mean to bring exponential thinking to youth in crisis? Youth taught us (Field Innovation Team) as much (or more) during the build out of our youth empowerment programming for hundreds of Guatemalan, Honduran and El Salvadorian youth in the US/Mexico Border Crisis. Youth also led the way in the Nepal earthquakes where young women built temporary learning centers after thousands of classrooms were destroyed. These young women also taught public health gaming to educate within the Kathmandu Valley schools prior to monsoon season. Come join us to engage in learning how youth are utilizing exponential thinking to respond and recover from disasters around the world.
Desiree (Desi) Matel-Anderson
is CEO of Global Disaster Innovation Group and “Chief Wrangler” of the Field Innovation Team (FIT). Ms. Matel-Anderson is the first and former Chief Innovation Advisor at FEMA and Think Tank Strategic Vision Coordinator. During her tenure at FEMA, she led the first innovation team down to Hurricane Sandy to provide real-time problem solving in disaster response and recovery. She also ran think tanks nation-wide to cultivate innovation in communities, which have historically trended globally on social media during the broadcasts.
Desi began her emergency management experience by volunteering in Northern Illinois University’s Office of Emergency Planning followed by working with the Southeast Wisconsin Urban Area Security Initiative, and the City of Milwaukee Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office. In addition to her regional emergency management duties, she worked as an assessor of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program Assessor nation-wide, which included assessing the City of Boston’s emergency management services prior to the tragic Boston Marathon bombings. Desi lectures on innovation at Harvard and various universities across the country and serves as a thought-leader for agencies and governments, nationally and internationally, on innovative practices and infrastructure.
Desi attended the National Preparedness Leadership Institute at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and School of Public Health in 2011, advised on Harvard’s Executive Education on National Preparedness Leadership Institute Advisory Board in 2013, and obtained a Juris Doctorate from Northern Illinois University in 2009.
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