When the American Red Cross met with its Federation partners to launch the 2013 World Disaster Report, there was a partner among us who had to be showcased – board member Rebecca Curzon joined panelists at Harvard to talk about IBM’s role as corporate citizen in times of disaster.
This year’s 21st edition of the World Disasters Report examines the profound impact of technological innovations on humanitarian action. The responsible use of technology offers concrete ways to make humanitarian assistance more effective, efficient and accountable, and can directly reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience. The use of technology was discussed in the American Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ responses to crises in Haiti, Southeast Asia and Japan – with Curzon noting the technical expertise IBM employees bring to coding a disaster –inventing tools deployed on the spot when needed.
Curzon was part of the morning podcast taped at Harvard University to launch the report with Harold Brooks, Senior Vice President, International Operations at the American Red Cross; Laura Howe, Red Cross Vice President of Public Relations; Matthias Schmale, Under Secretary General of National Society and Knowledge Development, IFRC; Vincenzo Bollettino, Executive Director of Harvard Humanitarian Initiative at Harvard University; Patrick Vinck, Editor of the World Disasters Report 2013 and Associate Faculty with Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Harvard University; and Gary Fowlie, Head of the Liaison Office to the United Nations International Telecommunication Union.