Urgent: Emergency Response 2.0: Gulf Oil Spill

Posted by Dwayne Spradlin on May 1, 2010 9:09:13 PM


The situation in the Gulf is serious and getting worse. When they start setting fire to oil slicks, it’s time for some fresh approaches.

Some of you may recall my blog post from 2009 entitled Time for Emergency Response System 2.0. I am not proud to say that we have watched more disasters pass us by and remain unprepared to react quickly, vital in these crisis situations.

If one amazing idea could slow the Oil Leak modestly or even stop it, slow the spread, or minimize effects, then every day wasted is measured in real environmental, human, and economic toll. So we have decided to lead by example here. Last night we posted our first Emergency Response 2.0 Challenge https://gw.innocentive.com/ar/challenge/overview/9383447. We are currently working through official channels to route the most exciting/original ideas to the correct authorities.

As importantly, it is time the systems are made permanent. Hurricanes, Earthquake, Tsunamis, and Oil Slicks don’t send much advanced warning, but the systems can be in place to tap brilliant minds and solutions providers on a moment’s notice. We need to formalize these systems now. Accordingly, InnoCentive will be making Emergency Response 2.0 challenges available in times of emergency as a public service. The hardwiring to the official emergency response agencies and officials will need to be formalized.

What can you do right now? Immediate concern is the Gulf Oil Spill.

If you have innovative thinking that could be helpful in this crisis, register and submit your ideas at https://gw.innocentive.com/ar/challenge/overview/9383447. Don’t wait.

Send the link to any potential solvers you know. Think of this as a telephone tree. Need to get the word out in these and future situations quickly. Email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogs, Word of Mouth, Media, etc. Even an old fashioned cell phone can be used to get your problem solving colleagues and friends involved. All good ways to get the word out.

We have had little luck getting through to BP, if you can help, let us know (US government cooperation looks very promising and forthcoming).

If you are an authorized official from any of the several agencies, NGOs, etc. engaged in this situation, let us know ASAP and we may be able to add you to the distribution list.

Thank you and know that with your help we may be able to act even more quickly in the future with Emergency Response 2.0 challenges. Crisis are by definition unexpected and chaotic. Sometimes one brilliant solution can chance prospects tremendously. Thank you for your assistance now and in the future.

Best regards,


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