Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Where have I been?

I've been struggling with how to resume this blog in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The posts I'd drafted before 30 August sat unattended, unfinished-- I simply felt they were irrelevant at that moment. And my own attention just could not remain focused on blogging...

In the meantime, so many blogs and lists shifted their attention, too. I have followed many and been moved once again by humanity's ability to show up and help in the face not only of the disaster but also the bureaucratic incompetence riddled throughout our political systems (perhaps because of it).

But I wanted "At the Intersection..." to remain focused on its mission. As I struggled to place my own work in the context of this latest tragedy, I have been moved by those individuals and organizations who have found a clearly defined intersection between their work and a response to Katrina.

For example:

  • OMBWatch has tied their concerns about domestic security and environmental issues into a response to the government's response (or lack thereof)...
  • Katrina's List is network-centric action in an open-source environment-- a collaborative effort by many individuals and organizations to build a central repository and volunteer effort to link all the various "people finder" efforts into one.
  • ASPCA's mission to prevent cruelty to animals extended to the abandoned pets of the gulf coast.
  • A lot of us have been critical of the Department of Homeland Security's response (?) to Katrina (and for good reason), but they supported Working
    Together When the Worst Happens
    , a now painfully relevant publication about nonprofit disaster preparedness produced in June 2005 by the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington.
  • Nonprofit Quarterly published a few "special edition" articles through it's e-newsletter shortly after Hurrican Katrina hit; It's Time to Mobilize calls for nonprofit organizations-- especially foundations and national infrastructure nonprofits-- to take specific steps to responding to and preventing future disasters.

Where have you found nonprofits and capacity builders creating interesting intersections between their work and the response to Katrina?

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