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Recovery 2.0: We meet

About 45 good people came to our Recovery 2.0 meeting in San Francisco, called there by nothing more than a few blog posts and a desire to find ways to improve the internet’s response to the next disaster. I didn’t know what, if anything, we could accomplish in an hour and a half. At best, I hoped for a simple list of simple starting points and that’s what we got:

* We need a place online to gather and share information, needs, and solutions. That could be the Recovery2.0rg wiki — and the recovery2 tag.

* We need to work on standards and APIs for the tools and data bases people create to help in disasters. The peoplefinder standard is already underway and some of the folks from Yahoo at the meeting — who had experience on the ground in Houston and also at the Red Cross network operations center — are working on improvements. At a minimum, we need to do a better job harnessing the internet to help people find each other.

* We need to meet face-to-face with government, NGOs, and business to offer help and coordinate. There is a meeting in Washington on Oct. 17 about just that. Folks from this meeting will be there. Details on the wiki.

The meeting began with introductions, during which I stood there in awe of the internet and its ability to bring together such a group. Brian Oberkirch, who’d just started a weblog business, fled his home in Slidell and, sitting in Dallas, was desperate for news so he started his blog to bring the news to him and his community. He wanted us to make sure we don’t think this disaster is over as we try to prepare for the next one. One man started one of the first missing boards and when he was overloaded and Yahoo contacted him to serve it. The Yahoo people were there and so were people from Google. One man works in the Bay Area — which he called God’s theme park for natural disasters — to prepare for rescuing special-needs people in a disaster. Others came from charities that help in disasters. I finally got to meet Evelyn Rodriguez, the marketing blogger who happened to survive the tsunami and shared her experience so compellingly on her blog. I was glad that former FCC Chairman Michael Powell came (and, no, I didn’t make Howard Stern jokes, to answer the question some of you already asked) and talked about lessons learned reestablishing communications after 9/11. Scott Anderson, a Tribune Company online exec and blogger, said he wants to make sure that media companies are prepared as well (and learn from the amazing experiences of, WWL, and WDSU in New Orleans); he plans to get this added to the Online News Association’s agenda and I’ll join in there. And on and on.

Then we spent some time listing key needs and characteristics of recovery 2.0: how we need to be even more concerned about preparedness than recovery; how systems need to be open; how we need to find ways to connect to the unconnected (e.g., the Skype virtual phone room idea); how it needs to connect with authorities; other characteristics: searchable, fluid, matchable, swarmable, transparent, trustworthy, discoverable, accountable, tested… and more. We ended up with many words describing what it needs to be.

But, of course, there is no “it.” There is no one system or authority or organization. This is the distributed internet, where people’s best efforts will pop up everywhere. The real goal is, as I described here, to get us to communicate and swarm better around needs, around the best replies, and around making the best better.

Thanks again to John Battelle and company for providing the space at Web 2.0. And thanks to Greg Burton for creating and managing the wiki and to Ross Mayfield for contributing it. And thanks to everyone who came — passing up the siren calls of Web 2.0 cocktail parties — and who blogged about it.

Recovery 2.0: Update

I took part in a wonderful meeting last night on Recovery 2.0. I’ll write about it later. Ed Batista is writing about it now.

: Craig Newmark also blogged it. So is Marnie Webb.

Web .9

Josh Hallett predicts version inflation for the internet:

Web 2.0 is a popular topic, but how soon before somebody starts to talk about Web 2.1 or even Web 3.0? Who will be the first to say, ‘Our product draws on the social networking capabilities of Web 3.0’ We always talk about ‘internet time’ being so fast, yet it’s taken us 10 years to get to Web 2.0. A quick Google search shows:

Web 2.0 – 9,230,000 results
Web 2.1 – 19,700
Web 3.0 – 38,300
Web 4.0 – 16,100

I’m practicing version deflation. On the first night of Web 2.0, I’m going to Web 1.0, where we’re all supposed to wear new-media-blue shirts and Gap khakis and argue over how to say gif. “Whenever you say “monetize,” “font face,” or any of a variety of secret 1998 words, everyone drinks.”

: LATER: And there really is a web 2.1 and I’ve registered.

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: And since we’re having fun with numbers, I hope many come to Recovery 2.0 (see our fancy new wiki for details); no need to sign up for or pay for anything…..

: LATER: Rick Segal says enough with this 2.0 thing!

Recovery 2.0: An agenda?

I have no idea what we should accomplish at the Recovery 2.0 meeting in San Francisco (which is on for 6p in the Olympic Room of the Argent Hotel, 50 3rd St. in San Francisco).

The starting point is simple: I thought it would be a good idea to use this opportunity to get into a room some of the people who want to find ways that the internet can be better at responding to needs in the next disaster, and in the recovery from recent disasters. What comes out of this, if anything, is up to everyone in the room. I’ll suggest a starting point and will, as Craig says, get out of the way. I will be the least qualified person in the room to lead anything; I’ll be eager too follow. We’ll get this on the wiki and I urge you to correct, add, delete.

The cause: What made me write my first Recovery 2.0 post was seeing a confusing though good-intentioned array of more than 50 boards and means to find the missing. We need to do better.

Two goals: We need to be better at swarming. That is, when we see a need, perhaps the best thing to do is to see whether someone is trying to meet that need and whether they’re doing it well. If so, perhaps the best thing to do is point people to that effort with the power of our links. If not, the choices are to offer to help or to do better. The distributed nature of the internet is its greatest strength but so is our ability to swarm and pool our efforts.

Thus we also need to be better at communicating. We need a means or a place to better share needs, solutions, resources, and calls and offers of help.

A review: Tom Evslin suggested that we should do some self-criticism of the internet’s response to recent disasters: What should and can we do better?

Needs: We need a place to communicate. Is a wiki enough? Do we need a blog and a forum?

David Weinberger suggests that we need tags or a microformat so the things people do in our distributed places can be discovered.

What else?

Field day: Jeff Pulver is suggesting that the web, like ham radio operators, hold a field day to test what it can do.

Meeting: Yes? No?

Names: Who’s doing what?

We’ll be together just an hour or two. Nothing will be accomplished. Much should be started.

I would love to have a volunteer at the meeting act as wikimaster to record ideas and issues. Thanks to Ross Mayfield at Socialtext and the great work of Greg Burton, we’ll soon have a new wiki at

Recovery 2.0 Help: Meeting space in S.F.?

I was just told that Web 2.0 is switching the Recovery 2.0 meeting to 8p on Thursday, Oct. 6 so as not to conflict with an AT&T party (yes, one wonders what they have to party about). The problem with this is that I already had been warned that many or most participants in Recovery 2.0 had dinners planned that night. So 8p won’t work. Thus I need your help: Can anyone volunteer space near the meeting hotel (a large office… the Apple store… a church….) for an hour or two? Email or comment if you can help. Thanks much.

UPDATE: The good folks at Web 2.0 moved a mountain and we’re back on at 6p in the Olympic Room of the conference hotel.

I am amazed, though that only five minutes after posting this, I had four offers for space for the meeting near the hotel in San Francisco. This web this never ceases to amaze. Thank you all very much for you help.