Current Happenings

Real-time updates on FIT activity in and out of the field

Am I growing a vegetable garden, or is my garden growing me?

June 23, 2020 - Blog

When the coronavirus pandemic forced me, as well as much of humanity, to severely restrain my daily routine several months ago, to include cutting off my social life, as I basically “self-isolated” at home, I found some solice in digging up a small patch of…

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United Nations’ thoughts on Drones Do Tank

July 7, 2016 - Blog

See what our UNICEF partner, Allison Burtch, had to say about her experience at our Drones in Disasters Do Tank.

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Maintaining hope amidst Fort McMurray wild fires

May 29, 2016 - Blog

When FIT came across Mandy Larson’s Facebook post, which shares tips for survivors as they return to their destroyed homes, FIT team members reached out to help her amplify her voice and platform for this message of help and hope. With the help of several…

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FIT and Fortune Magazine: Thin Air Summit

March 30, 2016 - Blog

See what our founder Desi Matel-Anderson had to say about innovation at the Thin Air Summit on Innovation. Listen to Desi’s onair interview with NPR and KCPW HERE   In anticipation of the inaugural Thin Air Innovation Festival, we sat down with several of our panelists…

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What happened in 2015? Everything.

January 4, 2016 - Blog

  FIT Members! What a wild 2015, right?! …it’s not slowing down anytime soon, in fact we are going to be diving further into our creative projects, scale-up essential initiatives, find time to experiment with exponential tech in the skies and (of course) deploy to disasters. Grab…

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Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

December 30, 2015 - Blog

The current Syrian crisis is an ongoing global catastrophe, and FIT has been a part of the extensive effort to address and help recovery. In August 2015 FIT planned for this with partners Yale School of Public Health (YSPH), Refugee Health Initiative (RHI) and Beyond Reform and…

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FIT FOCUS in Pakistan

September 8, 2015 - Blog

FIT introduces a new post deployment project, “Stories from the field: A visual series” With a new side project we take you back in time to our collaboration with Pakistani partners on a storytelling-focused community resilience project piloted in Sindh and Gilgit-Baltistan provinces in 2014…

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Women LEAD Nepal

August 4, 2015 - Blog

Women LEAD Nepal & FIT collaborated in the earthquake relief efforts to help young women empower themselves in the rebuilding efforts. We planned a collaboration to address issues faced by the 1.5 million children impacted as a result of the earthquakes taking into account that…

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Disaster with California’s Lieutenant Governor’s Office

June 28, 2015 - Blog

Out the of the planet’s 2% fresh water supply, California’s portion is shrinking fast. The complexities of the drought are numerous, affecting everyone and everything, and the stakes are high. With the drought at the forefront of people’s thoughts, the Field Innovation Team (FIT), the…

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NYC Goes “Off The Grid”

May 18, 2015 - Blog

Right in the middle of a seemingly innocuous Disaster Do Tank at the Tribeca Anti-Summit, the lights went out! Participants experienced a simulated electrical grid failure caused by solar flare and reacted by creating real-time solutions to help the city react. FIT volunteers rapidly trained participants…

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