Tag Archive 'worst case disasters'

The Earth Strikes Back: 2011 Version- Tsunami

Boundary Condition #1 (4) UPDATE 16 March: See the comments below from PWH’s contributors and advisors One significant element of an unconventional crisis as compared to other large catastrophes is the complex maps of actors – Catastrophic crises systematically involve an enormous variety of stakeholders, on an international scale. Pictures from Japan: http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2011/03/world/hires.japan.quake/index.html?hpt=T1 Preparation? Readiness? […]

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Unconventional Crisis: Impact on Decision Making

Boundary Condition #1 (3) The previous post (2), presented the parameters defining an unconventional crisis as developed by Dr. Erwan Lagadec.  Here in the following table and discussion we  provide comparison of the characteristics that differentiate decision making, leadership and operational response in relation to both routine emergencies and conventional disasters and to unconventional /hyper complex catastrophic […]

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Unconventional Crisis: Parameters

Boundary Condition #1 (2)           “Conventional crises rarely require high levels of inbuilt resiliency from our systems. This is because such events tend to affect circumscribed “ground zeros,” and therefore can be tackled by bringing to bear the “normal” assets and strategies of the unscathed outside on the impacted area.  On the other hand, catastrophic […]

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2010: The Earth Strikes Back

Boundary Condition #1 (1) The idea of Intersectional ideas – those resulting from combining concepts from multiple fields or areas of specialization gained through education and experience – has been previously introduced with it’s own PWH section. This is the first of several year ending posts intended to set the stage for intersectional discussions for […]

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Searching for 'Essence of Decision' – Presenting a Framework on the DaVinci's Horse Facebook Page

Haiti – Essence of Decision – Operation Unified Response In attempt to establish a framework for discussion of the many facets of the Haiti disaster, and as a precursor  to addressing the question – What kind of a community or organization –or indeed, group of organizations – can survive and thrive in unconventional, uncertain and […]

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EEI#18 “What kind of a war” – continued (4 of ?) – War? What War?

Essential Elements of Information for a Culture of Preparedness  As stated previously this site is not specifically focused on war and warfare, and most specifically, it has never been intended as one providing political commentary.  The “kind of war” – as essential element of  information- series is being extended because today’s war,  how we define it, […]

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EEI #13 Stories of the DAY: Managing a Crisis Before It Becomes a Crisis – The Rick Rescorla Story

On September 11, the evacuation was real. A fireball erupted in the nearby tower, and all of Morgan Stanley’s employees were making their way down and out of the other tower. By the time the second hijacked airliner hit the south tower at 9:07 a.m., most of the company’s employees were out. But Rescorla’s work […]

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EEI #12 Today – AN Essential Element of Information for a Culture of Preparedness

  08:46:40 September 11, 2001  

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EEI #11 Don't get stuck on complacent (stupid)

 Essential Elements of Information for a Culture of Preparedness “Man is a peculiarly constructed animal who cannot read the handwriting on the wall, until his back is up against it.” Unknown  TAMPA – Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, speaking at the America Association of State Troopers Law Enforcement Training Conference asked law enforcement officials […]

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#4 – The Resilence Doctrine – Essential Elements of Information for a Culture of Preparedness

This current series of posts  links a discussion of culture of preparedness to both the resilient community concept and to the environment in which that community must persist.  For a wider perspective, the editors of Global Dashboard, Alex Evans and David Steven offer a perspective of the concept of resilience as the core of a new […]

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