2018

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 […]

Vlaanderen investeert in expertise in blauwe en diepe energie

De Vlaamse regering maakt 735.400 euro vrij voor het project Blue Accelerator in Oostende. Er komt een testplatform op zee in de nabijheid van de haven van Oostende dat breed inzetbaar zal zijn voor het testen van golf- en getijdenenergie, offshore wind en ondersteunende technologieën zoals drones en rov’s (remotely operated vehicles of onderwaterrobots). POM West-Vlaanderen: “De Noordzee is een […]

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 […]

Deltares: “Gevolgen versnelde zeespiegelstijging hacken”

Deltares, 18 april 2017. Drie meter zeespiegelstijging binnen honderd jaar en nog eens vijf meter honderd jaar later. Nieuwe studies laten zien dat de Antarctische ijskappen veel sneller voor een zeespiegelstijging zorgen dan eerder werd gedacht. Zulke sterke zeespiegelstijging roept vragen op: zijn er grenzen aan de klimaatadaptatie in de Nederlandse Delta? Waar krijgen we mee te maken als de […]

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 […]

ISO 31000:2018

De nieuwe versie van ISO 31000 werd gepubliceerd op 15 februari 2018.  Er zijn enkele verbeteringen ten opzichte van de vorige versie. Zo zijn onder meer de clausules ‘Framework’ en ‘Process’ beter afgestemd, zijn duidingen waar mensen zich niet comfortabel bij voelden, zoals ‘Level of Risk’, ‘Risk appetite’ en ‘Time frames’ verwijderd en de stappen ‘Risk evaluation’ en ‘Risk treatment’ […]

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 […]

Catastrophic risks: How can we assess and manage them?

By Ortwin Renn, Klaus Lucas, Armin Haas, Carlo Jaeger. Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies.  Many catastrophic risks are major threats to the wellbeing of society. Such risks are called systemic risks. They threaten the functionality of vital services to society such as electricity production, water supply, climate stability, cyber security and amny others. With the assisatnce of complex models we may […]

A new posture for cybersecurity in a networked world

Source: McKinsey&Company. By Thomas Poppensieker (Munich) and Rolf Riemenschnitter. As the dangers mount, current approaches aren’t working. Cyberrisk management needs a root-and-branch overhaul. Until recently, financial firms and governments were the primary targets of cyberattacks. Today, with every company hooking up more and more of their business to the Internet, the threat is now universal. Consider the havoc wreaked by three recent […]

The Arctic is sending us a powerful message about climate change. It’s time for us to listen.

Source:  World Economic Forum. Arctic scientists aren’t usually afraid of a little cold. Windy conditions don’t usually get us howling. The beasts we pay attention to are usually polar bears. But last week’s “Beast from the East” triggered a few anxious conversations. Social media memes aside, our problem isn’t this one extreme weather event per se. Our key fear is […]

ISO 31000:2018

The new version of ISO 31000 was published on the 15th of February. The series of reports on the changes against ISO 31000:2009 started last year in October has now been concluded. ISO:”This document is for use by people who create and protect value in organizations by managing risks, making decisions, setting and achieving objectives and improving performance. Organizations of all […]

It’s time for a new social contract

Source: World Economic Forum. Democracy is becoming collateral damage in a world where global risks have been ignored or exacerbated by those with the power to act. The increasing authoritarianism of elected leaders, the actions of entrenched dictators, and the use and threat of military power have brought us to the edge of full-blown crisis. 2017 was a year of […]

Global Forensic Data Analytics Survey 2018

Source: EY. In this report, we look at the findings from our latest Global Forensic Data Analytics Survey. We have analyzed the responses of some 745 executives globally who generously shared their perspectives. Through this analysis, we can see specific ways in which companies can measurably improve their legal, compliance and fraud risk programs, as well as the maturity level […]

The Global Risks Report 2018

Each year the Global Risks Report works with experts and decision-makers across the world to identify and analyze the most pressing risks that we face. As the pace of change accelerates, and as risk interconnections deepen, this year’s report highlights the growing strain we are placing on many of the global systems we rely on. Preface “The World Economic Forum […]