TEDxBoston 2012

Caitria O'Neill, Morgan O'Neill

Community-Powered Disaster Recovery

How two sisters became accidental entrepreneurs with a passion and a platform for organizing local disaster relief

Curator’s Pick: “On June 1st we weren’t disaster experts, but on June 3rd we started faking it.”

When an EF3 tornado in their hometown of Monson, Massachusetts changed their lives, sisters Caitria and Morgan O’Neill decided to change that experience. Working as lead volunteer coordinators, the two created a flexible framework for the “unofficial” community response. By leveraging the short time spike in national interest along with social media and databases, Monson recorded more volunteer hours than any surrounding town- hundreds of times more.

Since then, the pair have assembled and team and translated their system into organizing software for local coordinators, creating Recovers.org.  This “recovery in a box” can be rolled out in minutes, helping local relief organizers turn interest into action.

For more information, visit:  Recovers.org


Speakers' Biographies

Caitria O'Neill

Caitria O’Neill is the Chief Executive Officer of Recovers.org. She has worked for Harvard Law Review and the US State Department and brings legal, political and editorial experience to the team. When not organizing tornado relief, she spends time leading backpacking trips, playing Irish folk music, and reading. She holds an A.B degree in Government from Harvard University and currently lives in Somerville, MA.

Morgan O'Neill

Morgan O'Neill is the Chief Operating Officer of recovers.org.  She has over 3 years of experience in political campaigns ranging from city council races to a presidential election. Morgan is a Massachusetts-certified EMT-B and actively volunteers for an ambulance service for fun.  She has a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of New Hampshire, and is pursuing a doctorate at MIT in Atmospheric Physics.

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