Team Rubicon will assist with the reintegration of veterans by engaging them in global disaster responses. For this purpose TR will assist former service members in building TRs of their own.
Veterans from around the world have volunteered with Team Rubicon (TR) to provide relief in disaster zones. TR has foreign liaisons in Australia, Canada, Norway, Philippines, Turkey and the UK. These former service members now seek expanded opportunities to build TRs of their own. In order to determine how to scale internationally, TR engaged the business design firm IDEO.
IDEO designed a new organization called Team Rubicon Global (TRG) which will serve the international veteran community by launching, incubating, overseeing, and enabling TR organizations in countries around the world. TRG will provide a global brand identity, underwritten by guiding principles and an overarching mission, supported by robust training and infrastructure. This enables veterans to build country-specific, locally-led TRs that form the first international veteran service organization of its kind.
In 2015, TRG will launch three new TR's in Australia, Norway, and the UK. TRG will be implemented as a 'hub and spoke' model rather than as a hierarchical relationship. TRG will help TR organizations reach maturity by providing ,000 in seed funding. TRG also dispatches training cadre from TR USA to implement and train local TR personnel on software tools from Palantir Technologies, StayClassy, and Cornerstone OnDemand. Additionally, TRG conducts a yearly audit and recharter in order to maintain quality control. TRG will share stories, set operating standards, shape the global culture, maintain strategic international relationships, and spread learning across the TR network.
Palantir Technologies will provide a suite of data analytics and workflow management software to TR Global entities, including both web-based and mobile capabilities. StayClassy will provide online fundraising software to each TR. Cornerstone OnDemand will provide a cloud based volunteer management tool that will help recruit, train, and connect people across the Team Rubicon network.
TRG is focused on fundraising from venture philanthropists during Q3 / Q4 2014 and from institutional funders from Q1 2015 and beyond.
Currently Dr Charles Kalmbach, the TRG board chair, is working with TR's pro bono law firm, Chadbourne and Parke, on establishing the new 501(c)(3) organization and implementing proper governance controls.
William McNulty, TRG's Cofounder and CEO, has created phased plans for staffing TRG and standing up new Team Rubicons. These can be seen in the attached pro forma spreadsheet.
TRG will launch its first Team Rubicon in the UK in December 2014. British Army General Sir Nick Parker, a TRG director, is actively fundraising for TR UK and TRG in London. TRG will launch TR Norway in January 2015 and TR Australia in February 2015. General David Petraeus, a TRG director, is identifying Norwegian and Australian board candidates, and with the help of Guggenheim Investments CAO, Rehana Farrell, a TRG director, development targets as well.
Prior to the launch of these new Team Rubicons, between September and December TRG will pen a TR Manual that outlines the operating standards for a new Team Rubicon organization. TRG will also train a cadre of TR individuals to embed with new Team Rubicon organizations to help them reach maturity. New Team Rubicons will initially deploy to natural disasters under the guidance of this cadre of individuals.
Dozens of countries are experiencing a large increase in the numbers of veterans reintegrating into civilian life as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan come to an end and armies downsize. At the same time, the world is seeing a dramatic increase in the frequency and severity of natural disasters and that trend is projected to continue.
Fifty countries served in Iraq and Afghanistan, representing millions of veterans who set foot in those combat zones. Veterans around the world are facing reintegration challenges due to the loss of purpose, community, and identity after leaving the service. Too often in these countries, sensational stories of post-traumatic stress and depression are the stories that are most associated with the modern veteran. There is a need to change the global conversation about what it means to be a veteran.
The increasing frequency and severity of worldwide natural disasters means that there is an ever-growing need for disaster response. Over the last thirty years, the number of worldwide natural disasters has more than doubled. According to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, there were three times as many natural disasters between 2000 and 2009 compared to the amount between 1980 and 1989. A vast majority (80%) of this growth is due to climate-related events.
Veterans have training and experience in relevant skills such as leadership and organization, field medicine, maintaining calm in chaotic situations, setting up communications, debris removal, and self-sufficiency. This set of skills and experience make veterans ideal candidates for first-response operations. They bring with them an ability to prevent loss of life and to reduce suffering in the first 48 to 72 hours of a disaster.