Yesterday, I got the chance to have a meeting with a DHS-director that was visiting Sweden. We had a good meeting and discussed how the approach we use at the Crisis Response Lab could be transfered to a US-setting. A key challenge in the US is the lack of in-depth collaboration between crisis management researchers and the industry. According to the director, Swedish Science Park structures seems to be good role model for such collaboration.
We also spent considerable time to talk about LiveResponse and how some form of technology transfer or collaboration could be possible. The DHS-people were impressed by our work with LiveResponse and the underlying principle of make use what already exists on the market in order to create something new. The focus on designing for public organizations low-budget reality was another key aspect. Apparently, few companies have such focus.
Our discussion was very good and I am looking forward to follow-up conversations.