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Notes from the team

November 1, 2019

In the aftermath of large-scale disasters there is a mass mobilization of good will, resources and energy. These emergencies offer a clear path to “be of service” which strikes at the fundamental hardwired core of humanity. There are few tangible opportunities as seemingly straight forward to...

October 19, 2019

It is folly to underestimate the power of informal networks.

The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF), also referred to as the Virtuous Insurgency, is an organization that was started to disrupt the status quo within DoD. Over the years it has grown into an amorphous, broad reaching network that h...

July 4, 2018

It is purported that natural disasters cost the US, alone, $306 billion in 2017. There is no denying the fact that humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) is an industry. Few understand the full scope of this, or like to associate the word “business” with humanitarian operations,...

May 27, 2018

It's no secret that our informal, personal relationships are among the most valuable resources in life and business. The same applies true in the realm of disaster response and readiness. The aid machine is a behemoth. It is an incredibly complex, nuanced, politicized ecosystem that requires e...

March 26, 2018

This article was originally drafted for and published in USA Today on March 22nd 

It's a simple shift in perspective: dependent liability or ready proactive resource? When a disaster strikes, which camp one falls into is a matter of choice. We have been conducting disaster response, recovery an...

December 1, 2017

unconventional economic recovery and stability initiatives in Puerto Rico

In disaster response environments, economic stability is a critical component to establishing equilibrium. In this context, there is a need for a deployable entrepreneurial capability that has the ability to operate in mo...

October 28, 2017

One of the most powerful tools in response, recovery and stability operations, despite the circumstances, is a positive, solution focused attitude and outlook. Nothing is more needed than that now in Puerto Rico. The Tactivate team has formed powerful local strategic partnerships to reimagine...

October 26, 2017

This is a look at what happens when the military, NGO, entrepreneurial and local communities work together to solve a pressing challenge in a disaster zone. The full article is Here 

October 18, 2017

The situation in Puerto Rico is unparalleled. Almost a month after Maria impacted Puerto Rico and destroyed much of the basic infrastructure on island, the majority of the American citizens are still living without power, communications and potable water. There are a multitude of reasons why t...

July 10, 2017

Tactivate hosted a Tequila and Tounriquets class with Team Rubicon Global at Logan Exchange in Washington DC.  

Its incredibly rewarding to learn the skills and how to use the tools required to take care of yourself and others in times of emergency. Tequila & Tourniquets is a fun laid back even...

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