A given community may be considered as a system of systems (i.e., socio-economic networks and supporting physical infrastructure); if there is failure in one part, it is likely that the entire system will be disrupted. Planning and preparations for and response to natural, human-made and technological hazards often competes with other community priorities. Resilience planning challenges actors relevant to the decision-making process across knowledge systems relevant to the community which span the technical/scientific (e.g., transport networks, utilities), faith-based, NGO, local government, and media, among other sectors. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a six-step process that provides a practical and flexible approach to help community actors to jointly set priorities and allocate resources to manage risks facing the community. This process helps communities think through and plan for their social and economic needs, their hazard risks, and recovery of the built environment by encouraging co-production of knowledge and solutions throughout the resilience planning.
This presentation overviews that 6-step process and illustrates the first three steps using a case study example in Colorado, USA. The NIST “Economic Decision Guide for Infrastructure Systems” (EDG) is also introduced, as its seven-step process helps the collaborative resilience planning team in a community decide among possible resilience planning alternatives, including market and non-market values. It also introduces the importance of including the co-benefits that accrue to the community as a product of planning for resilience, even when a disaster has not yet occurred.
Join us for a webinar on Sep 11, 2017 at 3:00 PM CEST.
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Dr. Jennifer F. Helgeson is an economist in the Applied Economics Office of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She currently leads the office’s work on the “Economics of Community Resilience Planning.”
Read more … Next Webinar on Sep 11 held by Dr. Jennifer Helgeson: Institutional Support for Combining Multiple Knowledge Systems in Planning and Policy-making for Community Response and Resilience to Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards
Collective behaviour change is often presented as a battle for hearts and minds of individuals. The discourses of “post-truth” and “fake news” appear to revive knowledge deficit theories and the idea that knowledge claims can be substantiated by reference to objective facts. Yet social media campaigns designed to convince individual sceptics of the facticity of claims (e.g., about climate science) meet with little success. The webinar will ask whether the dominant model of individual cognition is up to the task KLASICA has set itself and whether there are viable alternatives that could offer better traction.
The webinar will be held on July 27 at 13:00 UTC (14:00 BST/15:00 CEST)
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7687105085951053571
Webinar ID: 744-043-419
Steve Rayner is James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization at Oxford University’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and Director of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, where he also co-directs the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities and the Oxford Geoengineering Programme, both supported by the Oxford Martin School. He is also a Senior Fellow at The Breakthrough Institute, a non-partisan environmental NGO based in California’s Bay Area. He previously held senior research positions in two US National Laboratories and has taught at leading US universities, including Cornell, Virginia Tech, and Columbia. Trained as a political anthropologist (PhD University College London 1980), he describes himself as an ‘undisciplined’ scholar, committed to changing the world through social science.
Read more … Hearts and Minds or Culture and Context: Theorising Behavioural Change: 5. Webinar held by Steve Rayner on July 27
Collective Behavior Change Toward Sustainable Futures:
There have been many calls to address the urgent and critical challenges of changing human society to more sustainable practices in the face of accelerating global change. Remaining safely within the limits of essential resources and life-enabling conditions on Earth and transforming society to reach sustainable and equitable patterns of behavior in our increasingly populated and urban global society are expressed in the Planetary Boundaries discourse and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). Avoiding transgression of the boundaries and achieving the goals requires major societal transformations at multiple governance levels and spatial scales across the world.
The crucial question is how substantial changes in behaviors and practices of society at multiple levels of governance, sectors of society, and spatial scales can occur. What factors enable or inhibit such major transformation of society? How can the transformations best be fostered through inclusive deliberative democratic means?
Read more … A FRAMEWORK FROM THE KLASICA TAIPEI SYMPOSIUM