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My challenge to emergency planners in the wake of Manchester

My challenge to emergency planners in the wake of Manchester

I want to preface this short post with two caveats I think the responders in Manchester have done, and continue to do, an incredible job. Not just the emergency services, not just the NHS staff, but everyone who has helped in any way. It’s a clear demonstration of the many supporting the few. My sincere condolences are with all the families of those killed, and with anyone affected by Monday’s events. I encourage you to dig deep and donate to…

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30 Days, 30 Ways: Day 7

30 Days, 30 Ways: Day 7

Growing up in the heart of suburbia we had a lot of neighbours; 4 who immediately bordered our house, but many other people who lived locally that either I or my parents knew well enough for them to watch our house when we went on holiday or vice versa. Now I live in London and would struggle to pick my neighbours out of a line up.   Today’s 30 Days sets me the following challenge 1 Pt:   Do you know your…

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Banish the Hi-Viz Jacket

Banish the Hi-Viz Jacket

Family stories and media-influenced interpretations of the past often depict communities coming together in times of adversity. Typically in Britain it’s referred to as Dunkirk Spirit, but I’m sure there are examples of it the world over. Although we often have a positivist view of the past, one only has to look to the Good Deed Feed in London’s free morning paper or to the banding together of London’s communities after the riots in August 2011 to see that this…

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Pop Up Emergency Planning

Pop Up Emergency Planning

From one off exhibitions and sample sales to short term high-concept bars and restaurants, the trend for temporary, ephemeral retail and leisure has gripped London, and many other places, in recent years. The cynic in me knows not to be drawn in by the marketing and hype, but then I get a serious case of FOMO and hop aboard the ‘for a limited time only’ train. From eating deep fried crab in petrol stations, to sipping rum from watermelons in…

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Facebook Emergency – who you gonna call?

Facebook Emergency – who you gonna call?

How many of your Facebook friends do you think you could call on in an emergency, perhaps to provide you with a bed (or at least a sofa!) for a couple of nights? Complete the 3 question survey! What’s this all about? I finally managed to watch The Social Network this weekend. Whilst not the most exciting of films, it provided time to appreciate how much ‘social media’ has changed how many people do things. As I mentioned previously in…

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Urban Community Resilience

Urban Community Resilience

Friend and colleague Louise Elstow is currently undertaking a 6-week research trip in the United States and Canada as a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellow looking at approaches to Urban Community Resilience. If you’d like to find out more about her trip, follow her adventures, or get in touch, then head over here.

Anytown Unleashed

Anytown Unleashed

For the last 4 months I’ve been spearheading a project known as Anytown. The project aims to help develop better understanding and awareness of how different ‘city systems’ all interlink. Today I unleashed my baby into the world at Defra’s Community Resilience & Climate Change Workshop. Read more on the project below. When you throw a stone in a pond, ripples propagate from the centre. Similarly in emergencies and disasters, impacts of an initiating event can propagate and cause a…

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