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To build on your idea, could your mobile platform be designed to aid responders with a triage function? The responders must be able to categorize and prioritize messages and calls for help. How could we balance out the need to assist with the deployment of limited assets to maximize the number of people assisted while assisting the responders as well?

To build on your idea, Timothy, can the informational panels and discussion include a game for participants to play? In such a game, people could be challenged to put the information conveyed to use. This use is intended to get the information and concepts to 'stick.'

How might we build this exhibition around a holistic model where people are
- informed,
- told stories around the problem (severe weather events from the Philippines, US, Pakistan, Ethiopia, etc),
- share their stories of how change is affecting them,
- and then given an experience to ground the learning and/or develop new paths forward for their community.

I like your idea, and I feel it might develop strongly with a clear presentation from talk through to action. Might we also plan the travel of this exhibit to make not one, but as many as three visits through the same communities to promote it more than once?

I would really like a chance to try this out in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where personal interaction is important and a combination of urban slums and nomadic communities live in the same conditions.


Matt commented on Vetiver plants with deep root systems

This idea has huge potential for preventing loss of life in flood zones. Through planting a little bit at a time, the earth likely to turn into a mudslide can be strengthened, reducing the likelihood of disaster.

This plant may be good for Thailand, but I wonder - what plants grow natively in other flood-prone regions that share the same root structures and characteristics? It can be troublesome introducing new species into different regions. Perhaps we might locate or compile a resource with such anti-erosion plants?

Henry, how do you intend to keep the plants alive in the dry season? Do you imagine some sort of low-cost irrigation, or is this not a problem in Thailand? Just wondering.