FEMA has created a new "Collaboration Community" where stakeholders can come to a forum-type website and view, contribute and comment on conversations about emergency preparedness, disaster response and recovery, and other emergency management topics. They are calling this the "FEMA Think Tank".
The FEMA web page giving background information on the Think Tank is at www.fema.gov/thinktank.
The site has gotten off to a great start since being announced at the IAEM conference last week. As of today, the usage statistics show that 72 ideas have been posted with 199 comments and 613 votes from 389 users. The ideas are very interesting, some are a bit off topic, some are venting, and some are a bit redundant. However, I am sure that FEMA is getting a lot of good ideas from the stream of consciousness presented on the site already.
How does it work?
I tried to add this to the discussion on the Think Tank site but it was found to be "off topic" so I will do it here. My idea is that we need to prioritize what will eventually be a very large list of ideas if we really want the best to bubble up to the top.
It seems to me that a better approach might be to ask for a score on a five or ten point scale to help identify priorities for further research and implementation. I'm not sure if this is possible but I don't think that a number of people that "like" something is equivalent to the value of the idea. It is more important how much people think the idea is valuable.
So, I'm suggesting that the site change over to some form of value voting. That is my thought for the day...