How Art and Design makes us more disaster resilient

By Caroline Austin and Jelenko Dragisic Most people will interact with art and design in some shape or form every day.  Knowingly or not, art and design shape our lives much more than we might think.  John Berger, in his influential book, Ways of Seeing, confirms our visual navigation of the world as a central…

Are Australians prepared for one of the world’s largest earthquakes?

California is a not exactly a crow’s flight away from Australia.  But in the connected world it’s not crows that cause disasters.  Rather, it’s the digital entanglement of our economic systems.  In 2005, when the infamous Hurricane Katrina hit North America, it caused oil prices to rise.  This, for Australia’s car dependent lifestyle, meant a…

Recalibrating Resilience (Guest Blog by Robert Aurbach)

The Global Resilience Collaborative welcomes the latest guest blog contributor Rob Aurbach whose wealth of experience in areas of personal injury system design, rehabilitation, resilience, and disability management adds another dimension to resilience discipline.  I’ve been writing since 2008 about why some people recover uneventfully while others with similar injuries sink into despair and dependency.…

Cities of the future are resilient: it’s all about the fine print

Melbourne takes the initiative and creates a first-in-Australia resilience strategy: what does that mean for other cities and towns? There are cities and there are cities.  Comparing cities is rarely particularly meaningful.  Even so, we like to do it and we like rankings and categories and all kinds of things that make distinctions about cities. …

The dangers of declaring your business resilient

Telstra considers itself resilient. Late last week its CEO Andy Penn was quoted in Business Day (Telstra outages hits NBN and ADSL services across Australia) declaring that a review of its network found that Telstra has ‘incredible strength and resilience’. It should not be surprising that the word resilience is applied liberally in media releases…

Resilience….isn’t that just good old preparation?

It was not that long ago when a conversation about disaster resilience was only a code word for disaster preparation the old fashioned way. I can’t recall all the conversations I had about this subject but I do recall some really well. I still recall some conversations, when in the aftermath of the Queensland Floods…

Resilience lessons from distant history

One of the most fascinating adaptive behaviours (socio-cultural) to a cataclysmic disaster (Lisbon 1755) was the emergence of a pessimistic world view. “The catastrophe convulsed the European belief system” – notes from Candid. As Voltaire wrote in a letter; “This is indeed a cruel piece of natural philosophy! We shall find it difficult to explain…

Reporting on the Resilient City

 By Dr Peter Rogers As a social scientist one of the constant pressures we face is translating our, often esoteric, work into a publicly accessible format or, more often, into something relevant to policy makers and practitioners in their host organisations. I have not always been particularly good at this – a long standing joke…

Reimagining Resilience: Women, Resilience and Disasters (audio recording)

On 11 March 2016, the Global Resilience Collaborative hosted another event as part of its Reimagining Resilience initiative.  The event was supported by a number of collaborating partners, including the Queensland State Government which assisted in funding for the event. The session started with an acknowledgment that “women are disproportionately affected by disasters and disruption”. …

Resilience in Context: the urban and the workplace

By Dr Peter Rogers In my previous post to the resilience reporter I flagged up some common themes. I also gestured towards the use of feedback from resilience-related projects in which I and others from the GRC are engaged. This is an ongoing effort to try and link research with practice in a public commentary…