This blog features short thought pieces on how innovation and technology are revolutionizing the power of the individual by increasing self-sufficiency, self-determination, independence, survival, and resilience. Masterminded by Patrick Meier, it covers a wealth of topics such as big data, drones, humanitarian technology, disaster resilience, and crisis mapping.
United Nations Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction
The fourth edition of the United Nations Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction is now available online. The report is a resource for understanding and analyzing global disaster risk and explores large potential losses from disasters that many countries face. Among its conclusions is that Disaster Risk Management should be integrated with development to better raise awareness that managing risk is less costly than managing disasters.
Youth Creating Disaster Recovery & Resilience
Youth experience disaster differently than adults and this website has collected a myriad of examples of the realities of that dynamic. Using art, video, and story telling, young people affected by disasters such as the Calgary Flood, the Joplin Tornado, and the Slave Lake Wildfire identify what they need for recovery, challenges they have faced, and ways in which they can contribute to recover from disasters.
The Guardian Climate Crisis Series
While the debate about human contribution to climate change still rages, The Guardian is planning a series of articles to explore how humanity can solve it. The first installment is an excerpt from Naomi Klien’s This Changes Everything. In it, Klein argues that if climate change is treated as the crisis it is, society can be improved in the process, and disasters averted in the process.
Changing the Atmosphere: Anthropology and Climate Change
This report from the American Anthropological Association’s Global Climate Change Task Force represents several years of wrangling with questions of how anthropological contributions can inform issues related to global climate change. The report articulates new research directions and suggests actions and recommendations to help promote anthropological investigation of these issues. Themes such as the human causes of climate change, lessons learned about human adaption, and the importance of local and community engagement are addressed.
Bracing for Impact
This reader-funded journalism project will focus on various aspects of climate change, including how race, class, and ethnic differences influence recovery from extreme weather; food security strategies; what makes species resilient; and how communities are preparing for emerging diseases.