In the past year STAR-TIDES has undergone major improvements. Since its beginning in 2007, the global STAR-TIDES network has focused on knowledge sharing. The network now includes several thousand nodes, from universities in Asia, to NGOs in Europe and Africa, to the Red Cross, elements of the U.S. government, as well as companies and think tanks in the Americas. It truly is a public-private, whole-of-society, trans-national effort.
The global STAR-TIDES network
STAR-TIDES now is being coordinated out of the new Community Resilience Laboratory (Lab) that has been set up at George Mason University (GMU), in Fairfax, VA, near Washington, DC. The Lab is located within the School of Engineering at Mason and not only provides an organizational focal point, but also opportunities for trans-disciplinary research and coordination, as well as support to real world activities. Trans-disciplinary implies the inclusion of practitioners who know what’s happening “on the ground” together with cross-cutting multi-disciplinary insights.
The annual technology demonstration also moved to GMU in 2017, from National Defense University (NDU). This offers much more space and fewer security concerns compared with NDU. The 12th annual tech demo will be held at GMU from October 1-3 (Mon-Wed), followed by the defense-focused TIDES demo at the Pentagon on October 4-5 (Thu-Fri). Registration for the STAR-TIDES event is open at via Eventbrite (search STAR-TIDES).
The combination of the Lab, the support from GMU for the tech demo and other events, and the opportunity to engage with corporate and philanthropic partners provide terrific opportunities. One of the Lab’s major focus areas is reducing pressures for migration and marginalization in under-served communities due to job loss, climate change, or other socio-economic threats. It is supporting a number of projects, ranging from Appalachia to the youth bulge areas of Mid-East/North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia. STAR-TIDES retains its interest in supporting natural and man-made disasters and is incorporating lessons from last fall’s storms (Harvey, Irma, Maria, etc.) to help network members engage most effectively.
Finally, STAR-TIDES continues to be part of the Global Innovation Exchange (https://www.globalinnovationexchange.org/ and https://startides.globalinnovationexchange.org/) The Exchange also has been updated recently and provides increased opportunities for fundraising and storytelling about innovations.
Future blogs will provide more information about the Lab and its projects, the 12th annual tech demo, and the Global Innovation Exchange. STAR-TIDES looks forward to a most productive and valuable 2018. Our e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org Please let us know your interests and your concerns.