Crisis & Disaster

How our cities can reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic

Richard Florida and Steven Pedigo A ten-point preparedness plan for our communities As the dreaded coronavirus rips across the globe, city after city has locked down, transforming urban business centers, suburban malls, and other public spaces into ghost towns. This is not the first time this has happened—since time immemorial, cities have been epicenters of communicable diseases. Read more

Climate and the $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

Lisa Friedman The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday afternoon on a $2 trillion stimulus package in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and the provisions are a mixed bag for climate change. The measure does not include $3 billion for the government to buy oil and fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a provision sought by Republicans and President Trump. But it […]

Board Leadership and Performance in a Crisis

Jack “Rusty” O’Kelley III, Grace Cheng, Beatrice Ballini, Constantine Alexandrakis, Justus O’Brien, Laura Sanderson, Melissa Martin, PJ Neal, Todd Safferstone For board directors and chief executive officers. Every industry across the globe has faced a crisis at some point in time. While most large companies survive, many struggle for years following a period of severe adversity. Others prevail and become […]

Beyond coronavirus: The path to the next normal

Kevin Sneader and Shubham Singhal. The coronavirus is not only a health crisis of immense proportion—it’s also an imminent restructuring of the global economic order. Here’s how leaders can begin navigating to what’s next. “For some organizations, near-term survival is the only agenda item. Others are peering through the fog of uncertainty, thinking about how to position themselves once the […]

COVID-19: A Failure in Risk Management

Professor David Zaruk as Risk-Monger When a train crashes, authorities are on the scene to determine the cause. The COVID-19 coronavirus is fast becoming a global train wreck and unless we quickly assess the the mistakes leading up to this tragedy, more trains will pile into the station. The longer the Risk-Monger gets in the tooth, the more global mass panic events […]

The seven early lessons of the global coronavirus crisis

Ivan Krastev | NewStatesman These are strange days we are living in. We do not know when the Covid-19 pandemic will end; we do not know how it will end; and, at present, we can only speculate about its long-term political and economic impact. Historians are clear: epidemics are events, not trends. As the historian of medicine Charles Rosenberg has put […]

Before Virus Outbreak, a Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded

David E. Sanger, Eric Lipton, Eileen Sullivan and Michael Crowley Government exercises, including one last year, made clear that the U.S. was not ready for a pandemic like the coronavirus. But little was done. The outbreak of the respiratory virus began in China and was quickly spread around the world by air travelers, who ran high fevers. In the United […]

Leadership in a crisis: Responding to the coronavirus outbreak and future challenges

Gemma D’Auria and Aaron De Smet The coronavirus pandemic has placed extraordinary demands on leaders in business and beyond. The humanitarian toll taken by COVID-19 creates fear among employees and other stakeholders. The massive scale of the outbreak and its sheer unpredictability make it challenging for executives to respond. Indeed, the outbreak has the hallmarks of a “landscape scale” crisis: […]

The Coronavirus and Carbon Emissions

Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich In the past month, the world has seen a remarkably large drop in emissions of carbon dioxide, the main driver of global warming. The reason isn’t something to celebrate, though. The coronavirus outbreak in China, which has sickened at least 77,000 people, has shut down factories, refineries and flights across the country as officials order people […]

As New Coronavirus Spread, China’s Old Habits Delayed Fight

Chris Buckley and Steven Lee Myers At critical turning points, Chinese authorities put secrecy and order ahead of openly confronting the growing crisis and risking public alarm or political embarrassment. Read more “A mysterious illness had stricken seven patients at a hospital, and a doctor tried to warn his medical school classmates. “Quarantined in the emergency department,” the doctor, Li […]

Ready for the rising water

Utrecht University The largest evacuation ever in the Netherlands due to flood risk is 25 years ago this winter. 250,000 people had to leave their homes in river areas due to the dangerous high water levels of the Rhine, Maas and Waal. Several water researchers at Utrecht University have personal memories of this. They reminisce on those days and look into the future. Are we […]

Closer than ever: It is 100 seconds to midnight

Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change— that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society’s ability to respond. The international security situation is dire, not just because these threats exist, but because world leaders have allowed the international political infrastructure for managing them to erode. Read more

Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis

Jared Diamond | Little, Brown and Company A “riveting and illuminating” (Yuval Noah Harari) new theory of how and why some nations recover from trauma and others don’t, by the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of the landmark bestsellers Guns, Germs, and Steeland Collapse. In his international bestsellers Guns, Germs and SteelandCollapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and […]

Strategic Disaster Planning

Source: ICMA. Those who work with communities in the aftermath of natural disasters see the importance of advance planning firsthand. Disaster plans save time, money, headaches and, ultimately, they can save lives. In short, planning makes disasters less disastrous. And yet, it can be difficult for communities to prioritize disaster planning, particularly for those with limited time, budget, or staff. […]

Saint-Etienne and pandemic flu

The city of Saint-Etienne has taken a renewing initiative to arm itself (the workforce)) against the risk of a pandemic flu. This initiative is a pilot, a remedy to improve the processes. The initiative can be fully integrated into all running projects. The aim of such system is maintaining an optimal level of services and simultaneously protection of the workforce […]

International Katrina Project (IKP)

Public Risk Management has everything to do with Cooperation. Well, this new project is focussed on nothing else then that. Katrina is metaphor for setting up and developing a cross organisational and international cooperation. Not easy. Therefor challenging. PRIMO Europe underlines the scope of the project and will investigate how it best can contribute to and participate in this project. […]