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The Future of Lifesaving Stuff: A Transformational Approach to the Age Old Problem of Broken Supply Chains

2019-09-24T18:42:09+00:00News, Recent Additions|

By: Dr. Eric James, Executive Director, Field Ready We follow an approach that is deeply rooted in participatory techniques (and the corresponding equivalents found in the commercial sector in what are known as human-centered design) and start to design and co-create solutions. Any aid agency worth its salt does this but what is special is [...]

Geneva Global Initiative Roundtable – Dealing With Existential Risk

2019-07-26T08:12:17+00:00Archives, Commentary, News, Recent Additions|

Dealing with existential risk The threat of existential risk is increasingly recognised by strategic planners as an issue of ever greater importance. The Geneva Global Initiative (GGI) has been created to undertake research and promote understanding in the field of existential risks and ways to prepare to deal with them. In a meeting on 19 June [...]

Beyond Resilience: Global Systemic Risk, Systemic Failure, & Societal Responsiveness

2019-03-05T16:40:29+00:00Recent Additions|

Geneva Initiative White Paper OVERVIEW There is a growing gap between the risk – understood as likelihood times impact – of catastrophic systemic failure in complex society, and societal understanding and preparedness. This white paper outlines why risk needs to be reconsidered, the extent of societies capacity to respond, and presents a risk posture that [...]

Alternatives Humanitarires – The future of humanitarianism

2019-01-18T20:23:02+00:00News, Recent Additions|

From the French journal Humanitaires Alternatives, November 2018 The future of humanitarianism Dr Randolph Kent • Director of the Futures Project, Royal United Services Institute (London) Dr. R. Kent Going back over 50 years of history in order to consider the future of humanitarianism. Randolph Kent takes up the challenge, pointing out the structural flaws [...]

QSAND Guidance Manual

2019-01-16T16:49:11+00:00Archives, Recent Additions|

QSAND is a free to use shelter and settlement sustainability and resilience self-assessment tool developed by BRE Global (the developers of BREEAM), on behalf of the IFRC. As a part of their commitment to sustainable development, IFRC commissioned the development of QSAND to promote sustainable shelter and settlement activities in the aftermath of natural disasters. [...]

Transformative Technologies & Models of Governance: An Emerging African Paradigm Literature Database

2018-12-27T13:19:41+00:00News, Recent Additions|

When considering the inter-relationship between technological innovations, societal capacities and needs, the African continent is becoming a fascinating case in point. In many ways, the private sector, local communities, social networks and governments are leapfrogging the pace of technological change in many other countries around the world. Africa in so many ways is becoming an [...]

Critical look at how we use the term ‘Community’

2018-11-16T15:46:33+00:00Recent Additions, Uncategorized|

Open access paper free to download In all areas of academic or practical work related to disaster risk, climate change and development more generally, community and its adjunct community-based have become the default terminology when referring to the local level or working ‘with the people’. The terms are applied extensively to highlight what is believed to be a people-centred, [...]

Baselines & Paradigms – Bridging Generational Divides

2018-08-06T18:22:47+00:00Key Findings, Leadership and Policy Making, Recent Additions|

This is an age of transformative technologies. Artificial intelligence, ‘the singularity’, 3 and 4-D printing, the Internet of Things, cyber systems, quantum mechanics and outer space exploration all reflect potentially exponential changes in the ways that human beings will live their lives in the future. Preparing for that future needs to begin now. One step [...]

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