Past Meetup

Meetup #20: Developing Emergency Management Innovations: Boston Marathon Attack

Price: $5.00 /per person
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This session will be focused on using aspects of design thinking to develop low-fidelity prototypes in response to the Boston Marathon attack. We will be working with Mike Colanti, the Associate Director for the City of Boston’s Office of Public Health Preparedness, to develop solutions in response to lessons learned during the attack. Using ethnographic information from the actual events he experienced we will break into small groups and use a design thinking process that includes insight combination and development of low-fidelity prototypes that can improve Boston’s ability to respond to similar emergency scenarios in the future..

(Draft) Meeting Agenda:
6:30pm - Networking
6:40pm - Session Overview and DT Process
7:00pm – Emergency Response Scenario
7:10pm – Interpretation of Data: Ethnography and Synthesis
7:45pm – Ideation and Prototyping
8:40pm – Report back on Ideas
8:50pm – Subject Matter Expert Feedback and Close

Stephanie Wade is a Lead Associate in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategic Innovation Group. She serves as an adviser to senior executives in commercial and federal sectors to develop and implement comprehensive strategy, communications, management and performance solutions. Recently she has leveraged the Design Thinking process to develop innovative solutions to decrease Veteran unemployment and ways to implement U.S. immigration reform using empathy, creativity, comprehensive technology and sound public policy.

Michael Colanti is the Associate Director for the City of Boston’s Office of Public Health Preparedness. He is responsible for overseeing the development of emergency response plans and ensuring the operational infrastructure of the office, which includes management of the Boston Medical Reserve Corps volunteer program and compliance with the Centers for Disease Control’s Cities Readiness Initiative program. He was responsible for leading the collaborative development of a completely revised emergency operations plan for the Boston Public Health Commission and led the creation of the City of Boston’s incident action plan for operational response to H1N1 in 2009. Most recently, Mr. Colanti acted as the manager for the City of Boston’s Medical Intelligence Center during the week following the Boston Marathon bombings, overseeing the coordination of healthcare system response and recovery operations with a variety of public and private partners from local, state, and federal government. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Incident Response Coordination Team (IRCT-East). Previously, Mr. Colanti served in the Boston Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management by working with partners throughout the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region. There he managed project initiatives across public safety and healthcare disciplines. Mr. Colanti has a BA in Political Science from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, and an MBA from the Boston University School of Management. He also holds the Certified Emergency Manager designation from the International Association of Emergency Managers and the Project Management Professional designation from the Project Management Institute.

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