Some Reflections on Recent Comments

Over the past few days about a dozen people have written comments regarding recovery and blogs. I suggest you read some of the comments that follow the last two postings for details.  Today, I want to briefly highlight two aspects:

On recovery:  At least two people have commented on the problems with the recovery phase at the federal level, noting its “orphan” status and the unwillingness of FEMA, HUD, and Commerce to adopt it, embrace it fully, and treat it kindly in the future.

On the merits of a blog:  Many people still seem to regard a blog  as a popular medium that focuses on superficial or personal expression. From the start of this blog, I have assumed it could be a means of informal education.

I want to show that a blog can provide current, substantive information and commentary. Additionally, I created an index in order to aggregate the serious studies and documents that were done recently and to provide a  ready reference for the past 4 years.

In my view a blog augments textbooks, which take years to produce. It may also be true that an assessment of blog postings could lead to the creation of a new text or guidance document.

In closing, this period of assessment by the Diva and her readers may be tedious to some, but I think it has uncovered a lot of interesting information. And The Diva appreciates the kind comments and support from loyal readers.

4 thoughts on “Some Reflections on Recent Comments

  1. I support the Diva and her blog. I find it to be at the very top sources in timeliness, interest, and relevance to the rapidly expanding topic of Resilience research, scholarship, policy and practice. Editorial opinion is always highlighted as such. The breath of topics in inclusive, leaving it to readers to select.
    A critical measure of “resilience” is the ability to learn and to adjust policies, programs and projects to most recent– “in action” learning, which can be far more effective (before it is too late) than “After-Action Assessments (also required). This is especially true with unprecedented climate- and weather-related events that exeed prior records. Today’s rapid information capacity should increase our ability to learn. Resilience can be measured by the capacity of an organization to learn and adjust its actions instantly and constantly — to be prepared for the unexpected and be able to act as facts-on-ground change.
    Responsible blogging, as the Diva demonstrates, is a necessary part of open, participatory and shared learning. Thank you.

  2. Dear Diva aka Claire, aka Dr. Rubin,

    As the Disaster Recovery Coordinator for EDA, I may have some insights into how Commerce is embracing recovery. If you’d like to learn more, I’d be happy to discuss it further with you.

    Thank you for your diligence in keeping the blog going.

    Regards,

    Josh

    Joshua Barnes
    US Economic Development Administration
    Desk: 202-482-2453
    Mobile: 202-642-0581
    jbarnes@eda.gov
    http://www.eda.gov/about/disaster-recovery.htm

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