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Friday, September 02, 2005

KATRINA: Hewitt Sees New Crisis Management Model Via Blogosphere, Wisdom of Crowds

Early Wednesday I commented in a Katrina post on how bloggers around the country were swinging into action to aid hurricane victims that "the incredible way the Blogosphere is able to identify, organize and concentrate aid resources - applying the wisdom of crowds - is a management model for everybody in government, business, the academic world and the non-profit community."

You know that if I have figured something out other, better minds are likely way ahead of me and noodling the thing through. Sure enough, Hugh Hewitt and N.Z. Bear have been noodling all week:

"In a column for tomorrow's WeeklyStandard.com, "Rebuilding the Gulf Coast, One Community at a Time," I announce that NZ has agreed to help me launch an experiment that hopes to use the internet's capacity plus the talent and good will of bloggers to match specialized needs with specialized volunteers.
"I have been thinking this through all week, and am convinced that the epic nature of the loss, and the daunting challenge of rebuilding the incredibly complex communities of the three states will not be possible via top-down direction once the essential crisis needs are met. A new model is possible, and the web will allow it to happen."

Essentially, what Hugh and N.Z. are doing is focusing the web's amazing ability to link people everywhere instantly on the need to mobilize specialized resources on behalf of Katrina victims. This is the wisdom of crowds applied to a natural disaster.

And the Information Reformation marches forward, friends.

How long before people in government - and the voters who put them there - recognize that the Information Reformation can be applied to many of the problems and challenges they face?