Connecting America: Building Resilience with Social Media

Connecting America: Building Resilience with Social Media
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Executive Summary

Task Force for a Resilient America

The objective of the Center for National Policy’s Task Force for a Resilient America has been to bring together leaders in the fields of social networking, security, emergency response, advertising, public relations, public opinion polling, market research, as well as screenwriters, producers, media executives, and academics, to analyze methods of promoting cultural resilience. The Task Force has explored which tools, and in particular those made available through developments in social networking, are the most effective in empowering our fellow citizens to embrace resilience in the face of natural or man-made disasters. Task Force members were gathered in small and informal groups to offer their insights on understanding how to strengthen cultural resilience.

Two specific goals of each of the Task Force meetings were: (1) understanding the public mood and developing the most effective messages to promote resilience as an individual and societal value, and (2) to explore which tools, in particular those made available through developments in social networking, can be harnessed to most effectively empower Americans to have the ability to withstand, nimbly respond and recover, and adapt to the risks and disruptions that might occur in their daily life due to natural or manmade disasters.

The Task Force for a Resilient America was a national project, with meetings held over the spring and summer of 2011 in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, DC.

The first Task Force meeting took place on April 25th with the collaboration of University of Southern California’s Annenberg School and was hosted by the TakePart division of Participant Media (the Hollywood production studio for Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth and David Guggen- heim’s Waiting for Superman).

The second Task Force meeting was held on June 16th at the Center for National Policy in Wash-ington, DC.

The third Task Force meeting met on June 21st and was graciously hosted by HBO at their Head- quarters in New York City.

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Scott Bates is the President of The Center for National Policy.
Dr. Stephen Flynn is Professor of Political Science and the Founding Director of the Center for Resilience Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also Academic Director of Northeastern’s Master in Security and Resilience Studies Program and Co-Director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security. Dr. Flynn is also a former President of the Center for National Policy.