Simulation Center for Emergency Management Innovation

An answer to the challenge of dynamic and daring leadership in Emergency Management I asked earlier if dynamic and daring leadership could be found in a risk-averse culture like Emergency Management. I spoke of the challenges involved with the Incident Command System, but left the challenge of making change unanswered. I did, however promise you … Continue reading Simulation Center for Emergency Management Innovation

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Daring and Dynamic Leadership

Can it exist in a risk-averse culture? I've been spending a lot of time considering how we manage emergencies and disasters, particularly on a large scale. As an Emergency Manager, and someone who aspires to be on the leading edge of information and practices, this is of particular concern to me. As the nature of … Continue reading Daring and Dynamic Leadership

No Risk Assessment? Well That’s Risky!

So, you are a leader in an organization, congratulations! Whether it is a business, a community group, a school, or any other organization, leadership is something to be celebrated. As part of your participation in this organization, have you been a part of a formal risk assessment? Have you led a formal risk assessment? What's … Continue reading No Risk Assessment? Well That’s Risky!

Crafting a Long-Tail Story

I seem to float back and forth between writing shorter pieces, like my book reviews or other pieces that are based largely on personal experience and opinions. These generally don't include huge amounts of research and reference, or extensive searches for images. They represent the vast majority of my writing, but not what I really … Continue reading Crafting a Long-Tail Story

The Future of Business is Social Enterprise

A social enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in financial, social and environmental well-being—this may include maximizing social impact alongside profits for external shareholders.Wikipedia Photo by Akil Mazumder on Pexels.com A few months ago, I wrote about how income inequality is an emergency management issue. A major part of this … Continue reading The Future of Business is Social Enterprise

The Death of Utopia

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com At one point in time, Science Fiction gave us a vision of the future to look forward to. Sure, there were little problems, the occasional war with the Klingons, or a greedy space captain who shanghais an unfortunate soul into indentured servitude. Despite those little problems, things were mostly utopian … Continue reading The Death of Utopia

52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 16

I can remember going to Canada's Wonderland as a young teen in the mid-90's and being excited to see "Virtual Reality" as an option for an up-charge attraction. I begged my parents to be able to go and try it, until eventually they allowed me to experience it myself. I left underwhelmed by the whole … Continue reading 52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 16

Building Resiliency

Photo by Min An on Pexels.com If you've ever studied building construction, bridge construction, or just about anything else that is manufactured today you will be familiar with the concept of trusses. These are building components that consist of interconnected parts that work together to form one cohesive part of the building. Most commonly you … Continue reading Building Resiliency

Disasters and Technology

This post has been adapted from one provided free of charge by the Government of Canada and Public Safety Canada via GetPrepared.ca Using Technology During a Disaster Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com We rely on technology more and more to keep in touch with our family, friends, and colleagues with a click of a button. … Continue reading Disasters and Technology

52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 14

We have just passed the ninth anniversary of the world's worst peacetime oil spill and the effects are still being felt. When the Deepwater Horizon drilling unit suffered a catastrophic blowout and explosion in April of 2010, it devastated an area that was still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina two years before. Peter … Continue reading 52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 14