The Department of State should partner with other federal government(ex. DoD, USAID, USIP, etc.), intergovernmental (ex. UN), and non-governmental organizations to launch a community of practice for international disaster response. The community should enable peer-peer engagement between those most affected by international disasters, including political leaders, first responders, aid organization representatives, business interests, and civic leaders. The community should evolve into a repository of high-value resources (ex. best practices, educational material, etc.), as well as an open forum for ongoing discussion. The community should regularly highlight participation by those affected by past crises (ex. possibly mayor of Port-au-Prince).
Idea No. 26