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6000 people have been evacuated in parts of Brazil due to flooding (Getty/AFP)

6000 people have been evacuated in parts of Brazil due to flooding (Getty/AFP)

Norfolk hires chief officer for “catastrophic events”

If you haven’t heard the word “resilience” in the context of government, brace yourself. Like sea level rise, it’s coming to a coastal city near you. On Friday, Norfolk announced the hiring of its first chief resilience officer. Christine Morris, an assistant to City Manager Marcus Jones since last year, is a former executive at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. The position – directly reporting to Jones – was created “to help Norfolk prepare for, withstand and bounce back from catastrophic events and chronic stresses,” a city news release said…

 

Dutch-style interactive modelling of heat islands, indoor overheating and pluvial water management

At the end of the three days of Resilient Cities 2014, four researchers and one policy advisor, all Dutch, fittingly offered attendants three valuable practical tools for resilience and adaptation planning…

 

Brazil floods force 6000 to evacuate

Nearly a week of torrential rain has triggered widespread floods in southern Brazil that have forced 6000 people from their homes, officials say. Most of those evacuated were in Rio Grande do Sul, according to the state’s emergency agency, which said that in just five days there was more than twice the average rainfall for the entire month of June, while the Uruguay River was 18 metres above normal. An emergency has been declared in three towns in the state. In neighbouring Santa Catarina state, the floods ruptured a dam and 200 families were evacuated from the surrounding area as a precaution. More than 1400 people were forced from their homes in all in the state…

 

Music and Organizational Resilience

Above: Participants at HopeLab take part in One World Music’s Navigating the Rhythms of Change Workshop as a part of its staff development day.  Photo credit: Tracy Wong - See more at: http://www.oneworldmusic.com/blog/?p=522#sthash.ZKJo7D7s.dpuf

Above: Participants at HopeLab take part in One World Music’s Navigating the Rhythms of Change Workshop as a part of its staff development day. Photo credit: Tracy Wong – See more at: http://www.oneworldmusic.com/blog/?p=522#sthash.ZKJo7D7s.dpuf

Is your team in need of fresh insights, inspiration, and a higher level of collaboration and effectiveness? During summer and fall teams converge for business meetings, leadership development programs, staff development off-sites, and departmental retreats. While by necessity these cover the usual (and frequently staid) topics, leaders and managers also look for creative ways to engage, energize, and inspire employees at all levels to help their teams get out of a rut or beyond a plateau and into a groove. And that leads to happier employees, more resilient teams, and better performance outcomes…

 

Building climate and disaster-resilient communities and economies: How the insurance industry and governments can work together more effectively

insurance tabA ground-breaking alliance between the United Nations and insurance companies from across the globe today launched a drive to tackle natural disaster risk by identifying the most effective measures to combat disasters and helping communities implement them. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Initiative brings together insurers from around the world to help communities manage risk. The PSI Initiative’s Global Resilience Project represents a phased approach to protecting communities from natural disasters…

 

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