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Keep up-to-date with our latest news, publications, projects, and other interesting and useful insights into resilience.

Sep 4 2017

Raising the bar – getting our keystone organisations better engaged and prepared
Raising the bar – getting our keystone organisations better engaged and prepared Following on from their National Emergency Management Conference in early June, the New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) have uploaded videos of some of the conference presentations, including Erica Seville’s presentation on better preparing organisations’ for crisis.  

Aug 19 2017

Erica Seville shortlisted for a Continuity and Resilience Consultant 2017 Award at the BCI Australasian Awards
Erica Seville shortlisted for a Continuity and Resilience Consultant 2017 Award at the BCI Australasian Awards ResOrgs Managing Director, Erica Seville has been shortlisted for a Continuity and Resilience Consultant 2017 Award at the BCI Australasian Awards. This is a well deserved recognition of Erica’s continuing work leading and mentoring a group of researchers and consultants working to …

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Aug 4 2017

Learning new creative strategies for designing and facilitating learning experiences
Learning new creative strategies for designing and facilitating learning experiences How much time do we spend ‘perfecting’ a report, or a proposal, or any of our outputs only to find we were answering the wrong question? Or that our solution did not gel with those meant to be served? Design Thinking offers a new way …

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Jul 2 2017

Resilience to nature’s challenges researchers want to make resilience visible
Resilience to nature’s challenges researchers want to make resilience visible The human brain processes information visually. How can we help people see resilience? Stories. Photos. Displaying layers of data on a map. The trajectories toolbox has ammased a bank of over 400 indicators that have been used to capture some aspect of resilience to disruption …

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Jun 20 2017

Creating future ready farm businesses
Creating future ready farm businesses Earlier this month, the North Canterbury Drought Response Committee, in collaboration with Resilient Organisations and Fraser Pastoral, held a workshop for a group of farmers in the Hurunui District of Canterbury. The workshop focused on how farmers could build their capacity now to navigate future turbulence. Farmers in North Canterbury …

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Resilient Organizations

Jun 13 2017

Resilient Organizations book available to buy online
Resilient Organizations book available to buy online How resilient is your organization? Resilient Organisations’ Co-Leader, Erica Seville has written a practical and highly readable guide to building resilience in your organisation. The book covers the key indicators of organizational resilience and the actions that will build a resilience capacity and enable your organization to survive …

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Jun 11 2017

Latest Report: Kaikoura Earthquake Social Science Research Workshop
Latest Report: Kaikoura Earthquake Social Science Research Workshop Our latest report summarises the Kaikoura Earthquake Social Science Research Workshop held in February this year and lessons learned about research collaboration, coordination,and impact following major disruptive events.It includes te research and research coordination priorities for the Kaikoura earthquake and tsunami, that were identified during the workshop. …

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Mar 13 2015

Why testing and exercising are essential for an effective business continuity plan
  Why testing and exercising are essential for an effective business continuity plan Business Continutity Plans are often created in the spirit of compliance and obligation, rather than a desire for real organisational readiness. They sit in the filing cabinet gathering dust along with the insurance policy and that warranty for the printer your company …

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Aug 18 2014

The vital link between businesses and communities after disaster
The vital link between businesses and communities after disaster Christchurch’s earthquake -hit services, particularly those we often take for granted, proved the perfect case study for Joanne Stevenson. The University of Canterbury PhD student is nearly three years into her thesis on organisational resilience and the vital post disaster link between businesses and communities. “I’m …

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Aug 18 2014

People power: building resilient organisations
People power: building resilient organisations Resilient Organisations researchers from the University of Canterbury are hoping their ground breaking work on employee resilience will help businesses lay the foundations for a more successful future – whatever the challenge. Katharina Näswall, Joana Kuntz and Sanna Malinen have developed a scale, aimed at measuring an employee’s resilience level. …

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Aug 18 2014

Planning for the people side of continuity
Planning for the people side of continuity Recent events in Canterbury, New Zealand, have emphasised the risks that exist in business and the fragility of organisational operational ability. The earthquakes that shook the city of Christchurch in 2010-2011 caused extensive damage to people’s lives, homes and businesses. Organisations, particularly those within critical industries, faced enormous …

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