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Resilience, from an adaptation strategy to an economic asset

By Oliver Wild, Veolia. Giving the tools to a city to help make it more resilient to extreme events… Veolia’s resilience approach consists of understanding the vulnerabilities in a particular territory and then mitigating them to more effectively – and more quickly – bolster its ecosystem and consequently develop a favourable social and economic context. Strongly linked to sustainable development, […]

Risk Management in the very heart of 4IR

Source: G20 Insights. PricewaterhouseCoopers outlined ideas to enable a sustainable Fourth Industrial Revolution. How G20 countries can create the conditions for emerging technologies to benefit people and the planet. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) offers huge potential to transform and realign our economies and societies. There is an increasing realisation that the 4IR could also exacerbate problems for people and the […]

Future Cities: Building infrastructure resilience

This report by Lloyds includes for the first time three new pathways that will help city officials, businesses, communities and insurers work together to build greater city resilience. It contains analysis of each infrastructure category – energy, water supply, information communications technology and transport – and uses case studies to assess past infrastructure failures and to suggest actions that could be […]

The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas. The World Is Watching.

By Michael Kimmelman, New York Times.  In the waterlogged Netherlands, climate change is considered neither a hypothetical nor a drag on the economy. Instead, it’s an opportunity. “It is, in essence, to let water in, where possible, not hope to subdue Mother Nature: to live with the water, rather than struggle to defeat it. The Dutch devise lakes, garages, parks and […]

You can teach yourself to be risk-taker

By Vivian Giang, BBC.  Business leaders say taking risks is an essential part of getting ahead in today’s world. If that’s not your style, how can you become more comfortable with leaping into the unknown? “Our ability to take a chance and be comfortable with an unknown outcome is affected by our own psychological make-up, the physiological functions in our bodies, […]

The Benefits and Risks of Policymakers’ Use of Smart City Technology

By Emily Hamilton. Mercatus Working Paper, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Arlington, VA. The term smart cities refers to the intersection of connected devices (also known as the Internet of Things), big data, the urban environment, and city dwellers. Smart city innovations have been widely lauded for their potential to improve government services and government transparency. Sensor technology creates […]

2017 Global Risk Management Survey

By AON. The report concludes, that by the rapidly changing business environment and the world’s increased connectivity means that traditional and emerging risk are becoming more and more unpredictable. Despite big data, companies are less prepared for managing those risks. You might expect otherwise. The report highlights developments as disruptive technology and innovation, cybercrime and political risks and uncertainties. The main conclusions: Leaders […]

Distortions and deceptions in strategic decisions

Source: McKinsey Quarterly, by Dan P. Lovallo and Olivier Sibony. Companies are vulnerable to misconceptions, biases, and plain old lies. But not hopelessly vulnerable. The chief executive of a large multinational was trying to decide whether to undertake an enormous merger—one that would not only change the direction of his company but also transform its whole industry. He had gathered his top […]

IoT unlocks the door to hackers

Source: Strategic Risk. Businesses need to wise up to security flaws as they embrace the Internet of Things. This is a buzz phrase we hear used regularly but it is one which is prone to misconception and misunderstanding. Connecting devices, such as a kettle or light bulbs, over the internet and allowing them to communicate with each other and ourselves […]

Acceleration on Disaster Reduction Sendai Framework

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR), European Commission and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) seek to accelerate the implementation and monitoring of the Sendai Framework, in order to reduce the impact of natural disasters. The scope is that disaster resilient development needs to be imbedded into all public investment strategies by transforming the commitments, made by policy […]

Climate change: global reshuffle of wildlife will have huge impacts on humanity

Source: The Guardian. Mass migration of species to cooler climes has profound implications for society, pushing disease-carrying insects, crop pests and crucial pollinators into new areas, says international team of scientists. Global warming is reshuffling the ranges of animals and plants around the world with profound consequences for humanity, according to a major new analysis. Rising temperatures on land and sea […]

Climate breaks multiple records in 2016, with global impacts

By World Meteorological Organization The year 2016 made history, with a record global temperature, exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Extreme weather and climate conditions have continued into 2017. WMO issued its annual statement on the State of the Global Climate ahead of World Meteorological Day on […]

The Risk of Leadership

A plea for a new search for modern leadership. By Jack Kruf Yes, we have our democratic system as a great set of principles and values for good public governance. Public leadership is embedded in this, at least it should be. You may expect excellent results, because the democratic system traces back to the Greek δημοκρατία 508 BC. From there […]

Nonfinancial risk today: getting risk and the business aligned

By Joseba Eceiza, Piotr Kaminski and Thomas Poppensieker, McKinsey&Company. Ask senior managers at any company if they have nonfinancial risk under control, and the answer is likely to be yes. But as managers of companies in automotive, banking, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and many other sectors can attest, the reality is often very different. And as personal liability for corporate actions […]

Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2016

Europe’s regions are facing rising sea levels and more extreme weather, such as more frequent and more intense heatwaves, flooding, droughts and storms due to climate change, according to a European Environment Agency report published today. The report ‘Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2016’ by the European Environment Agency assesses the latest trends and projections on climate change and […]

Strengthening Value and Risk Culture Using a Real-time Logical Tool

Source: ISACA Journal Quote from Introduction: “While many lessons were learned from the 2007 global financial crisis, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision identifies as one of the most significant the fact that the IT and data architectures used by banks were inadequate to support comprehensive management of financial risk. Many banks lacked the ability to aggregate risk exposures and identify concentrations quickly and accurately at the bank group […]

The Value of Drinking Water Quality

Watercrises are highly ranked on the list of global risks. Stewardship and integral management is needed to protect what we have and develop innovational governance to establish sustainability in the long run. The European Union has a dedicated site for policies and projects related to Drinking Water. Quote: “High quality, safe and sufficient drinking water is essential for our daily life, […]

Territorial Cohesion and Urban Policy

Committee of the Regions | 27 November 2015 On the occasion of the informal ministerial meetings on Territorial Cohesion and Urban Policy which took place on November 26th and 27th, ministers discussed how to keep a balance in the development opportunities on the European Territory.  In the first place, ministers agreed that the European integration is actually under pressure. Europe is […]

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 […]

Publishing

Within our organisation we have put all activities regarding the new website, hosting, domains, design, photography, publishing in digital stores and the care for social media under one roof. The increase in dissemination and the needed coordination within Europe made this a logical step. Our portfolio

Publications

A short overview of our publications: New tracks for high speed” (English) Risk management in Europe (English) and Management des risques en Europe (French) Building for Development (English) The principles of risk management (English) 5 years PRIMO Europe: What can we learn from our past? (English) Public Private Partnerships: Building our future together (English)