• Essentials of City Management

    Malta, 7 December 2018. About increasing urban complexity and the challenge for the city manager   PRIMO Seminar in cooperation with UDITE.   Download program  

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  • From Global to Local 2018, International

    Risk in local authorities. A conference on 19 January 2018 in Seminário de Vilar Porto, with the yearly think tank of PRIMO and UDITE included to analyze, compare and share international experiences and knowledge about risk management in local authorities. The conference is focused on elected locals, city managers, chief executives, managers in general and related to cyber security to […]

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  • Vlaanderen

    Opgericht op 11 oktober 2009 te Ieper/Edegem en sinds 1 januari 2015 integraal onderdeel van de internationale vereniging zonder winstoogmerk PRIMO Europe (ivzw). Deze heeft als doel het belang, de kennis en het gebruik van risicomanagement als integraal onderdeel van goed bestuur binnen de publieke sector naar voren te brengen en te bevorderen.

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  • UDITE and PRIMO Europe intensify cooperation

    Francisco Alveirinho Correia (l.),  President of UDiTE – the European Association for Local Government Chief Executives – and Jack Kruf, President of PRIMO Europe – the European Public Risk Management Organisation – signed a cooperation  agreement for 2017 and 2018 during an executive meeting of both organisations held in Paris on the 1st of July 2017. The agreement focuses on the […]

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  • Value & Risk Review

    Strategic focus: ‘Be prepared, cherish your values.’ Introduction PRIMO developed the Value & Risk Review. It is a strategic and dialogue oriented diagnosis of the state of your values, resilience, targets and plans in connection with the state of your (public) governance. It gives you insight where performance, result and success cross the path of resilience  and risks.  Where are […]

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  • Investing in resilience: a necessity for European cities? What solutions?

    During the European Week of Regions and Cities on the 11th of October 2017 PRIMO will join the UDITE workshop about building resilient cities and regions. Place: Conference room JDE-51, Rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Bruxelles, Belgium. Time:  09:00 – 10:45. This workshop will offer insights into how local authorities can plan, prioritise & implement local resilience plans. Local authorities and Cities, international organisations and […]

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  • Risk Management and CAF/TQM

    On the 13th of June 2017 PRIMO and EIPA combined forces in Barcelona, in order to align the risk management and the quality management dynamic. Wouter Slob, board member of PRMO Europe and city manager of the city of Medemblik in The Netherlands, will give a masterclass. Knowledge and networks of both organisations will be combined to realise the goal of […]

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  • The Art of Risk Management

    ‘Being equipped for your travel’ PRIMO Masterclass Designed for an holistic and dialogue oriented risk approach. Discussing relevant themes as cybersecurity, social cohesion and city management, adaptation to climate change, proper water management and synergy by partnership. Getting familiar with the best concepts, methods and techniques to manage risk. Learning from the authoritative scientists and practitioners. The 1-day masterclass gives you […]

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  • Public Risk: About Values in our Society

    This ebook contains a first selection of publications related to the governance and management of public values and risks. It is in development and updated every month, starting October 2016 until december 2017. The kaleidoscopic selection over a period of ten years is an exploration of definitions, views and insights from public and private leaders, scientists and practitioners. You can follow us by downloading the epub3-book […]

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Climate change: Where we are in seven charts and what you can do to help

Source: BBC Representatives from nearly 200 countries are gathering in Poland for talks on climate change – aimed at breathing new life into the Paris Agreement. The UN has warned the 2015 Paris accord’s goal of limiting global warming to “well below 2C above pre-industrial levels” is in danger because major economies, including the US and the EU, are falling […]

Emissions Gap Report 2018

Foreword by Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director United Nations Environment Programme “The world is at last beginning to tackle its fossil fuel addiction. Coal is no longer competitive, and wind farms and solar installations are gathering pace – in Australia, northern Europe, China, India and elsewhere. Electric mobility and ride sharing are redefining transport, especially in cities tired of breathing dirty air. Huge strides in energy efficiency are being […]

Daniel Kahneman: Your Intuition Is Wrong, Unless These 3 Conditions Are Met

Emily Zulz | Thinkadvisor At the World Business Forum, Kahneman explained when people can trust their intuitive judgment and when they shouldn’t. Can intuition play a role in investing? According to Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Memorial Prize-winning behavioral economist, no. During a speech given at the World Business Forum in New York City, Kahneman explained when people can trust their intuitive […]

“Human beings are the biggest risk to innovations”

Inaugural lecture Mariëlle Stoelinga. The Dutch have no problem texting while cycling and are happy to install solar panels, but are troubled by nuclear energy and afraid of terrorist attacks. These are just a few situations in which people act and react based on intuition instead of reason. Because looking at the statistics, one can see that a terrorist attack […]

Cyber risk measurement and the holistic cybersecurity approach

McKinsey&Company. Comprehensive dashboards can accurately identify, size, and prioritize cyberthreats for treatment. Here is how to build them. Damaging cyberattacks and streams of suspicious digital communications have made cybersecurity a top concern of the world’s business leaders. So say the overwhelming majority of responding board members in a recent McKinsey survey. Their answers are further evidence that cyber risk is […]

Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040

By Coral Davenport | The New York Times. A landmark report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and says that avoiding the damage requires transforming the world economy at a speed and scale that has “no documented historic precedent.” Read more 

Summary for Policymakers of IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C

Incheon, Republic of Korea, October 8 – Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, […]

Value and resilience through better risk management

Source: McKinsey&Company Although the risk environment is growing more perilous and costly, leading companies are blazing a path to resilience and value by embedding strategic risk capabilities throughout the organization. Today’s corporate leaders navigate a complex environment that is changing at an ever-accelerating pace. Digital technology underlies much of the change. Business models are being transformed by new waves of […]

Large potential reduction in economic damages under UN mitigation targets

Source: Nature International climate change agreements typically specify global warming thresholds as policy targets, but the relative economic benefits of achieving these temperature targets remain poorly understood. Uncertainties include the spatial pattern of temperature change, how global and regional economic output will respond to these changes in temperature, and the willingness of  societies to trade present for future consumption. Here we combine historical […]

Why whistleblowers are crucial to risk compliance

Source: Inside Financial & Risk. The role of whistleblowers in UK companies is essential in order to establish a culture of risk compliance. What can firms do to ingrain a whistleblower culture within their firms and to protect the whistleblowers themselves? A recent case highlighted the importance of whistleblowers in UK companies and their role in reporting compliance and risk […]

Insider threat: The human element of cyberrisk

Tucker Bailey, Brian Kolo, Karthik Rajagopalan and David Ware | McKinsey&Company Cyber programs often miss the significant portion of risk generated by employees, and current tools are blunt instruments. A new method can yield better results. Insider threat via a company’s own employees (and contractors and vendors) is one of the largest unsolved issues in cybersecurity. It’s present in 50 percent […]

A decade after the global financial crisis: What has (and hasn’t) changed?

Source: McKinsey&Company The world economy has recently returned to robust growth. But some familiar risks are creeping back, and new ones have emerged. How secure is the global financial system, a decade after the crisis? Great strides have been made since 2008 to prevent a recurrence of the financial crisis and recession that followed. Yet there is more debt than […]

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

Source: The New York Times. “This narrative by Nathaniel Rich is a work of history, addressing the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989: the decisive decade when humankind first came to a broad understanding of the causes and dangers of climate change. Complementing the text is a series of aerial photographs and videos, all shot over the past year by […]

Planet at risk of heading towards “Hothouse Earth” state

Stockholm Resilience Center. An international team of scientists has published a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) showing that even if the carbon emission reductions called for in the Paris Agreement are met, there is a risk of Earth entering what the scientists call “Hothouse Earth” conditions. A “Hothouse Earth” climate will in the long term […]

Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know

By: Peter W. Singer, Allan Friedman | Oxford University Press Dependence on computers has had a transformative effect on human society. Cybernetics is now woven into the core functions of virtually every basic institution, including our oldest ones. War is one such institution, and the digital revolution’s impact on it has been profound. T he American military, which has no peer, is […]

Risk Governance and Resilience: New Approaches to Cope with Uncertainty and Ambiguity

By Ortwin Renn and Andreas Klinke This chapter will address the major functions of the risk governance process: Each of these stages is described in the light three aspects of resilience: adaptive management capability, coping capability, and participative pre-estimation, interdisciplinary risk estimation (including scientific risk assessment and concern assessment), risk characterization and risk evaluation, and risk management, including decision-making and […]

Stories of Resilience Courage and Spiritual Transformation

In the aftermath of Maria, Caribbean students at St. Thomas University create short story collection. On April 23, St. Thomas University will be unveiling a rich and diverse short story collection “Student Narratives on Hurricane Maria” written by Caribbean students displaced by Hurricane Maria. Nineteen students, mostly from Puerto Rico and one from the Dominican Republic, came together to share […]

Climate of Hope

The 2016 election left many people who are concerned about the environment fearful that progress on climate change would come screeching to a halt. But not Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope. Bloomberg, an entrepreneur and former mayor of New York City, and Pope, a lifelong environmental leader, approach climate change from different perspectives, yet they arrive at similar conclusions. Without […]

Using water to create resilient cities

Source: UToday. European project CATCH, with the UT as one of its partners, wants to prepare cities for climate change and resulting extreme weather events – by putting water in the center of urban design. It’s starting with seven pilot cities, where new climate adaptation measures are being tested. Enschede is one of them. >>

Risk and Confidence Survey: taking the pulse of business. Spring ’18

Source: CNA Hardy. ‘Perfect storm’ of risk suppresses confidence Over the past six months there have been some dramatic changes in the risk landscape. Cyber and regulatory risk have pushed political and economic risk off the risk radar. As the frequency and severity of cyber risk increases and oversight, via the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) steps up, so […]

How to confront uncertainty in your strategy

By Chris Bradley, Martin Hirt, and Sven Smit | McKinsey&Company Lack of certainty about the future is the very reason you need a strategy. Instead, embrace probability. “Predictions are difficult, especially about the future,” quipped Yogi Berra (and, before him, physicist Nils Bohr). This rings especially true for those trying to run a strategy process. Uncertainty is not only everywhere in […]

Worsening Worldwide Land Degradation Now ‘Critical’, Undermining Well-Being of 3.2 Billion People

Source: Ipbes. Worsening land degradation caused by human activities is undermining the well-being of two fifths of humanity, driving species extinctions and intensifying climate change. It is also a major contributor to mass human migration and increased conflict, according to the world’s first comprehensive evidence-based assessment of land degradation and restoration. The dangers of land degradation, which cost the equivalent […]

GDPR goes live

Source: Airmic. EU members states are now entering the final countdown to the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which apply from 25 May 2018, bringing a huge change in data protection. All organisations should be familiar with the main provisions of the GDPR. However, organisations must act now, asking themselves how the GDPR apply to them and take practical steps […]