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5 Things Truly Resilient People Do Differently

Humans have a remarkable capacity for resilience. Over and over, we hear stories of people who, after trauma and adversity, pick themselves up, put the pieces back together, and go on with their lives. But for many, there’s a place beyond recovery. For this group, life’s most difficult experiences prompt them not only to bounce back, but to bounce forward. These are the people who David B. Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz spotlight in their new book, Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success. They define a supersurvivor as “a person who has dramatically transformed his or her life after surviving a trauma, accomplishing amazing things or transforming the world for the better.”…

 

Local Government needs frameworks to increase resilience

christchurch councilLocal Government New Zealand is working to increase resilience in the face of natural hazards across New Zealand. A steering group formed late last year is in consultation with the local government sector, and will soon release a paper on the subject. LGNZ president Lawrence Yule says while central government prefers generalised guidelines, there needs to be clear framework for councils to work within…

 

LEAD – Resilience thinking, exponential technologies and sustainable leadership programme

LEADHuman activities have become so pervasive and profound that we risk trigger large, abrupt and potentially irreversible changes in our environment. Our enormous influence on the planet has led scientists to argue that we have entered a new geological epoch called the Anthropocene. In the Anthropocene, humans dominate the planet…

 

Humanitarian UAV Missions During Balkan Floods

The Balkans recently experienced the heaviest rains in 120 years of recorded weather measurements, causing massive flooding and powerful landslides. My colleague Haris Balta, a certified UAV pilot with the European Union’s ICARUS Unmanned Search & Rescue Project (and a member of the Humanitarian UAV Network, UAViators), was deployed to Bosnia to support relief efforts. During this time, another colleague, Peter Spruyt from the European Commission (DG JRC), was also deployed to the region to carry out a post-disaster needs assessment using UAVs…

 

When disaster strikes, will pets be safe?

Americans living in areas prone to severe storms, floods, earthquakes or other natural disasters may be well aware of the philosophy, “Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.” Families with a disaster plan in place will be better equipped to stay safe and recover from an emergency. Too often, however, even the best planners forget to include provisions for the four-legged members of the family. “When disaster strikes, families may not have much time to act,” said Dr. Ellen I. Lowery, associate director of U.S. professional and veterinary affairs at Hill’s Pet Nutrition. “While organizations like Hill’s, through our Disaster Relief Network, strive to help families and pets in the wake of natural disasters, it’s important to have a disaster plan ready, including a well-stocked Pet Emergency Go-Kit with food, water and other essentials for your pet.”..

 

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