• City Risk Review

    ‘Be prepared, cherish your values.’ Introduction PRIMO developed the City Risk Review. It is a dialogue oriented diagnosis of the state of your values, targets and plans in relation to quality of the underlying (public) governance. It gives you insight where performance, result and success cross the path of uncertainties and risks. It gives you ground for improved governance on […]

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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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  • 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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  • Think tank ‘From Global to Local’

    On the 24th of November 2017 in Porto, Portugal, the European associations PRIMO and Federation of European Local Government Chief Executives (UDITE) will organise their think tank to discuss public risks in Europe in general and cyber related risks in particular, this in perspective of local and regional governance and management. The meeting will be organised in cooperation with Associação dos Trabalhadores da Administração […]

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  • Agenda

    In 2017 we focus on the development of our portfolio: City Risk Review, Think tank ‘From Global to Local’, Masterclass ‘The Art of Risk Management’, European Days. We will strengthen our cooperation with existing partners UDITE and EIPA and expand our networks with new partners, continu the development of our education programmes with Malta University and the University of St. Thomas. Our agenda: 2017 […]

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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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Incêndio de Pedrógão Grande

Quercus considers clearance of responsibilities necessary and recalls management mistakes of successive Governments in the forest area. Quercus is a Portuguese non-governmental organization and a independent, non-partisan association of national scope, non-profit and made up of citizens who have gathered around the same interest for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources and in Defense of the Environment in general, with […]

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, […]

US is not ‘us’ anymore

By Jack Kruf. The decision of president Donald Trump (another one per decree and not via political and democratic debate and decision lines) to undo existing policies, pledges and contracts related to the commonly Paris agreed and signed innovative climate change approach, must give other countries reason to reconsider the trustworthiness and credibility of the United States. Where promises, commitments and contracts […]

Leadership failures

By John O’Dea. We in Europe believe that our democratic system provides the foundation for a great set of principles and values that lead to good public governance. Public leadership is embedded within this, at least we think it is fair to say we ‘believe’ this. One might even say we have believed this for a long time since democracy […]

Public Risk and ISO 20400:2017

Practitioners experience as well scientific research related to public governance point in the direction of a high correlation between the quality of interfaces – within or between organisations – and the presence of public risks. Working together and tuning in the chain of things are crucial for quality. Many of the international strategies and polices points in the direction of a need for a […]

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 […]

Coral reef – our ocean delivery room – under great stress

Source: Arc Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies For the second time in just 12 months, scientists have recorded severe coral bleaching across huge tracts of the Great Barrier Reef after completing aerial surveys along its entire length. In 2016, bleaching was most severe in the northern third of the Reef, while one year on, the middle third has experienced […]

Revision ISO 31000-2009 scheduled

Source: ISO. ISO 31000:2009 on risk management is intended for people who create and protect value in an organization by managing risks, making decisions, setting and achieving objectives and improving performance. The standard’s revision process discovers the virtues of keeping risk management simple. The revision of ISO 31000:2009, Risk management – Principles and guidelines, has moved one step further to Draft […]

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. […]

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 evolution of model risk management

By Ignacio Crespo, Pankaj Kumar, Peter Noteboom, and Marc Taymans. McKinsey&Company An increasing reliance on models, regulatory challenges, and talent scarcity is driving banks toward a model risk management organization that is both more effective and value-centric. The number of models is rising dramatically—10 to 25 percent annually at large institutions—as banks utilize models for an ever-widening scope of decision making. […]

Didier Sornette: How we can predict the next financial crisis

The 2007-2008 financial crisis, you might think, was an unpredictable one-time crash. But Didier Sornette and his Financial Crisis Observatory have plotted a set of early warning signs for unstable, growing systems, tracking the moment when any bubble is about to pop. Didier Sornette (born June 25, 1957 in Paris) is Professor on the Chair of Entrepreneurial Risks at the Swiss Federal Institute […]

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 […]

European Public Sector Award (EPSA)

Since its launch in 2007, the European Public Sector Award (EPSA) has received, assessed and made accessible more than 1000 public practices from 39 European countries and the European institutions. Among the “top submitters” were countries such as Spain, Romania, Poland, Italy, Austria and Germany. These cases form a rich database of valuable experiences at the service and disposal of […]

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 […]

Resilient Cities

Resilient cities are cities that have the ability to absorb, recover and prepare for future shocks (economic, environmental, social & institutional). Resilient cities promote sustainable development, well-being and inclusive growth.  The OECD is investigating how cities can increase their resilience. There are 4 areas that drive resilience: economy, governance, society and environment. The report on the OECD Resilient Cities project is […]

Political Risk Map 2017

By Marsh. Global Geopolitical Risk Concerns for Businesses. Events in the West, including the UK’s Brexit vote and the US presidential election, have the potential to amplify geopolitical risks in 2017. Large populations have become dissatisfied with conventional politics, driven by factors such as surges in immigration, the ongoing terrorism threat, and the knock-on effect of global financial crises. The […]