Bob Pease from Deakin and the University of Tasmania gave a strident, clear and passionate about the privileged irresponsibility relating to global warming, and the environment, structured violence that it brings. He brought a clear criticism of the term and concept of resilience, suggesting as a concept it is not connected at all to political […]Read more "Privileged irresponsibility"
The National Gender and Emergency Guidelines were launched by Maureen Fordham. She commented that they are not long, they are practical, and a great starting point to guide gender inclusiveness. It focuses on principles and actions for consideration. They can be found here: http://www.genderanddisaster.com.au/info-hub/national-gem-guidelines/Read more "National Gender and Emergency Guidelines"
JC Gaillard, a charismatic french academic from Auckland, wanted us to sing karaoke. The room shifted nervously. He played a song which was a karaoke simple love song and then the actual video, which was from the soundtrack from a disaster movie. He reflected that the video portrayed all the behaviours that we know don’t […]Read more "Inclusiveness in disaster risk reduction"
On a brilliant Melbourne Autumn morning, day two started at the MCG. A plenary panel with various media people. Looking forward to this perspective. Dennis Mueller, from the University of Melbourne, Sacha Rundle from the ABC, Tom Doig, from Monash University, Nick McKenzie from ABC and Fairfax, and Anna Parle, from the Dept of Premier […]Read more "Day 2: Diversity In Disaster-Using Words Wisely"
Artists are agitators and changers. They are not afraid of the dark. Refuge is a an the intersection between artists and scientist that was held in North Melbourne town hall. Tara Dowse introduced the thinking behind refuge, both the changing climate, but also an acknowledgement of first nations relationships to the land. The first refuge […]Read more "This is (Not) a Drill: Creative Adaptation in response to wicked problems"
Up in the Jim Stynes Room, we were talking about the challenges, and rewards of working with those hard to reach communities. Leading off first is my wonderful colleague, Danielle Every who gave a fabulous overview of the research that we undertook. Rather than recount, here’s a link to an earlier blog . One of the […]Read more "Inclusive and effective response and relief: Meeting the needs of all the communities"
A yarn about drawing upon traditional knowledge to help manage lands, about protecting and growing culture and knowledge, and respect for the oldest living culture in the world. The session started off with a terrific short film about an Aboriginal man working on country. The poignant statement was “As an aboriginal man, we’ve been looking […]Read more "Walking together as one: plenary after lunch"