Star-Tides

STAR-TIDES is short for "Sharing to Accelerate Research— Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support." 

The STAR-TIDES is an ongoing collaboration program across the disaster response and development communities that is dedicated to open-source knowledge sharing about sustainable solutions to build community and individual resilience to natural and man-made disasters and promote human security (“freedom from want “and “freedom from fear”).

OUR ORIGINS AND INTENT

This effort is derived from the TIDES research project initially coordinated through the National Defense University’s Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) which support the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The TIDES project was designed to provide reach-back “knowledge on demand” to decision-makers and those working in the field. In its current form, our efforts focus on developing a comprehensive approach toward disaster response and development problem-solving that seeks holistic analysis and solutions to complex problems.  In all, STAR-TIDES seeks a broader approach that integrates public-private, whole-of-government, and trans-national approaches to achieve unity of understanding, purpose and action among diverse organizations that each bring differing, unique approaches and resources, and where there is no intent to ensure unity of control. STAR-TIDES addresses situations within the U.S. or outside, short term and long term, and with or without military involvement – always mindful that sustainable, enduring solutions are built amongst a broad, enduring group of partners that focus upon local solutions and ownership, and not on external, imposed solutions by single governments or entities. 

The 4th annual STAR-TIDES Field Demonstration at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C. , October 5-8, 2010, highlighted a wide range of capabilities useful in post-war, post-disaster, or impoverished situations. The event included active demonstrations of integrated infrastructures -- independant of the power grid with live communications. Four sections each included a mix of shelter, water, power, integrated cooking, heating/cooling, lighting, sanitation, and information and communications technologies, p

OUR FORMAT

All information on the STAR-TIDES GIE site is free, open-source, and in the public domain. Ideas expressed, or products displayed, on the website, or in other TIDES or STAR-TIDES activities, should not be considered as endorsed by anyone else; including the US government, nor should they be considered any form of commitment. 

The 4th annual STAR-TIDES Field Demonstration at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C. , October 5-8, 2010, highlighted a wide range of capabilities useful in post-war, post-disaster, or impoverished situations. The event included active demonstrations of integrated infrastructures -- independant of the power grid with live communications. Four sections each included a mix of shelter, water, power, integrated cooking, heating/cooling, lighting, sanitation, and information and communications technologies, p

OUR APPROACH

Three strategies frame all STAR-TIDES actions:

Leverage Global Talent:

STAR-TIDES is a global knowledge-sharing network that leverages worldwide talent through some 5,000 members, ranging from universities in Asia to NGOs in Europe, the U.S. military and the Red Cross. The heart of the network is a web-enabled collaboration capability where all members of the STAR-TIDES community can publish their work for feedback and critique. (NOTE: For current/former members and users, the functions and content of the former website www.star-tides.net will be fully transitioned on or about 15 October 2016 to this location in order to further expand visibility, collaboration and networking opportunities).

Promote Integrated Approaches:

STAR-TIDES infrastructure research seeks to develop integrated approaches across equipment and organizations that support the core needs of populations before, during and after emergencies. It links ten infrastructures: power, shelter, water, integrated combustion and solar cooking, cooling/heating, lighting, sanitation and information & communications technologies (ICT), life support, and logistics.

Supported and Sustainable Through the Private Sector:

 Our efforts, particularly within TIDES section, are centered around identifying and addressing the needs of local coalitions of business, government and civil society, with solutions that are suited to their worlds - not ours, that are sustainable through the private sector, not government grants. For example, not all solutions suit all scenarios—building flexible, responsive solutions that address local needs and partner nation capacity to stabilize southern archipelagoes call for different answers than supporting mountain earthquake victims in winter. 

OUR FOCUS: DEVELOPING SHARED MATERIAL AND NON MATERIAL SOLUTIONS

The focus of STAR-TIDES analyses and collaboration recognize that “Technology Alone is Not Enough.” People, organizations, processes and technology must be addressed together to develop flexible, practical and adaptable approaches to disaster response and development challenges that are constantly changing. STAR-TIDES thus works to connect research across the following areas: 

  • Gather, Share and Evaluate Information on Capabilities
  • Develop Social Networks and Build Trust
  • Link Policy and Doctrine to Field Operating Procedures
  • Understand Legal and Regulatory Requirements
  • Gather and Distribute Resources
  • Train, Exercise, Educate and Incentivize to change behaviors and move beyond lessons “observed” to lessons “learned” 

DEVELOPING BOTTOM-UP APPROACHES

STAR-TIDES approaches work best when bottom up projects are facilitated by high-level support and coordination, enabled by global knowledge-sharing and inter-organizational burden sharing. Thus, our efforts focus on developing connections, shared awareness, collaborative solutions, and coordinated action amongst a broad community of interest and action to address the problems of not only today, but of tomorrow as well.

STAR-TIDES partners with the Global Innovation Exchange

To grow a global ecosystem of innovation and technology

JOIN THE STAR-TIDES NETWORK

Be a part of the civil-military community of practice involved in identifying and advancing innovations for disaster response, development and stabilization solutions as part of a network of over 3000 researchers, developers and technology developers.  As a STAR-TIDES member, you can post and display your innovations on the GIE as part of our site- also enabling you  to collaborate with other Network members on exisiting and future developments, access our resources that include best practices and technology analysis, and participate in our annual demonstration which provides a venue for idea sharing and displaying your developments to governmental, non-governmental and private organizations.  
 

See what the overall Exchange has to offer:

  • Funding Opportunities
  • Innovations
  • Potential Collaborators
  • Resources


 

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