Reimaging Resilience: Women in Disasters

The Global Resilience Collaborative (GRC) has been successful in winning a small grant from the Queensland government to support its initiative, the “Reimagining Resilience” Speaker Series. This grant will enable us to organise a public event with a special focus on disaster resilience and the role of women. The event is a collaboration with United Nations Association of Australia…

Resilient Australia should be the new Snowy Mountains scheme

It is my sincere hope that the future of our nation could be secured by making the most of some specific features of our society. Australia is an amazing land. In a mere two centuries we have come to be regarded, and in many ways envied, world-wide. Hard work and good fortune have combined to…

Define resilience please

Often times when someone mentions resilience, a common question comes up: how do you define resilience? Well it’s fair to say that no watertight definition exists. Having said that, most people have a fairly good sense of what we mean by resilience. Here are 12 definitions to clarify.   “The ability of communities to continue…

Reimagining Resilience Speaker Series: ‘leading the conversation on resilience’

EVENT DETAILS Date:                         8 December 2015 (Tuesday) Time:                         11:00pm – 1:00pm Venue:                      University of Technology Sydney, Sydney Booking:                   Essential (tickets are limited) via Eventbrite //eventbrite.com.au/tickets-external?eid=19613889672&ref=etckt Powered by Eventbrite Refreshments:          Light Lunch provided   Why Reimagining Resilience Disruptions are not new. But in our hyper-connected world, disruptions have acquired a new relevance; they’re…

Resilient cities -Expanding urban agriculture with collaboration (workshop)

A collaboration between ROADMENDER,Cityfood Growers, Lendlease, Global Resilience Collaborative and Foodconnect will result in an unique workshop focusing on city resilience, urban agriculture and collaboration. Following is an excerpt from the workshop brief: “Food is a major source of content for prime time TV entertainment. Viewer ratings suggest people love food, love watching food being…

How should political leaders behave when natural disaster strikes?

Natural disasters are in the news a lot. Given that we know that on average there are at least two disasters every single day, and that roughly every two weeks disasters involve major evacuations of over 100 000 people, it makes one wonder whether we really pay enough attention to them. The agencies whose core…

Hurricane Patricia SPECIAL COVERAGE

The strongest hurricane ever recorded has set another record.  Fortunately, the damage it caused was not catastrophic.  However, the past 10-15 years has been marked with a number of record breaking natural disasters where the impact has been catastrophic.  Resilience to such levels of destruction is slowly gaining momentum which is an encouraging sign.  In the…

Reimagining Resilience Speaker Series

Disruptions are not new. But in our hyper-connected world, disruptions have acquired a new relevance; they’re now a key feature of our lives. Some disruptions immediately trigger a recovery process. Others trigger more adaptive processes. The Global Resilience Collaborative is launching a new initiative designed to create conditions for trans-disciplinary dialogue, learning and innovation that…

How Natural Disasters Harm the Poor More Than the Rich

The following piece by Columbia Professor John Mutter, author of The Disaster Profiteers: How Natural Disasters Make the Rich Richer and the Poor Even Poorer, and published in Slate is really highly recommended reading for anyone interested in the diverse range of factors impacting on the way natural disasters are managed.   By John Mutter…

Remembering Katrina: State of Resilience 10 years on

by Jelenko Dragisic Looking back, it is clear that Hurricane Katrina was one of the most intense natural disasters ever. Its devastation was horrific and lasting. But Katrina was not a surprise, unexpected, nor a ‘black swan’ event. Katrina was the fifth hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. Subsequent and numerous analyses and reports…

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