The GDPC connects partners within the Red Cross Red Crescent network and the global preparedness practitioner community.
The GDPC plays an essential coordination role with external partners on issues related to disaster preparedness, including universities, research entities, international organizations and technology companies.
WhatNow Service, developed by the GDPC in partnership with Google is designed to increase the speed and dissemination of disaster preparedness and risk reduction messages. The service features tangible, actionable messaging for people receiving emergency alerts through the Red Cross Red Crescent and companies that they do business with. WhatNow messages help people understand what to do once they are aware of an impending emergency.
The GDPC sponsors participation in global meetings for partners throughout the Red Cross Crescent network. The group holds workshops in the field that focus on sharing best-in-class knowledge and expertise.
The GDPC also builds community by co-designing products and services with partners, and giving them an active voice in what tools are made available to their constituencies. An example of a product that was designed using this approach is the Co-designing Solutions for Urban Community Resilience toolkit.
Building a creative community inside the Red Cross Red Crescent network, rooted in Human-Centered Design
Going forward, the GDPC will evolve its role in the Red Cross Red Crescent network to provide a space to discuss preparedness innovations. The group will continue to focus on transitioning ownership of new products and services to groups within the Red Cross Red Crescent network, who will maintain and scale new innovations.
There is an opportunity for the GDPC to build operational partnerships, and to broker consultancy and research services within the a creative community of preparedness practitioners.
– Karin Metz, Project Management Consultant, IFRC Alert App
– Rebecca Scheurer, Humanitarian Initiative, Adrienne Arsht – Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, Former GDPC Director
– Private sector partner
– Sawyer Baker, Director of 211 Programs, United Way Worldwide, GDPC alum
– Jessica Ports Robbins, Technical Advisor, Preparedness ICTs, GDPC