As we enter the final month of 2020, we recognize that this year has brought much upheaval to our daily lives. While this has not been an easy year for many, it has been able to shed light on our own resiliency in times of crisis and providing a new perspective. Because of this, we’re asking better questions, rethinking strategies and in every aspect of human existence, finding points of vulnerability and uncovering solutions to make us even more resilient.

This week’s roundup gives insight into critical conversations and research strategies that are working to ensure we enter 2021 from a space of clarity and strengthened global resilience.

This Week’s Happenings:

  1. What Can Academia Offer Global Risk and Crisis Management
    GRI Founding Director, Stephen Flynn, was a featured speaker at the Institute of Strategic Risk Management Global Roundtable (ISRM) Global Roundtable last month, contributing to a lively discussion around the question, ‘What can Academia offer to Global Risk and Crisis Management?’ He was joined by Patrick Lagadec, global thought-leader for ‘Inconceivable Crises’, and Professor David Alexander a teacher, researcher, writer, editor, project leader and government advisor from the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London. Watch a recap of the entire virtual event, attended by practitioners, academics, and policy makers experts from across the world.
  2. Johns Hopkins funding to support Baltimore City violence reduction strategy
    As violent crimes rise within a community, its resilience weakens, restricting all opportunities to thrive socio-economically. Here, the relationship between law enforcement and the community becomes crucial, to ensure citizens are safe and supported. Baltimore city embarked on its third attempt at implementing a Group Violence Reduction Strategy, this time with the support many partners, including a technical assistance and evaluation team led by GRI Faculty Affiliate Anthony Braga, a renowned crime prevention expert and researcher.
  3. Geoff Trussell honored with fellowship award with the American Association for the Advancement of Science
    Director of the Marine Science Center and GRI Faculty Affiliate, Geoff Trussell was honored for his research integrating ecology and evolution to recognize the functional role of organisms in ecological ecosystems. Trussell’s thesis combines theories of ecology and evolution, two disciplines that have operated in isolation from one another until relatively recently. He studies the mutual effect on each other that ecological and evolutionary processes may have.
  4. GRI Whitepaper Wednesdays: The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Health Care Sector in New England
    This week’s #GRIWhitepaperWednesday focuses on ‘The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Health Care Sector in New England,’ authored by MIT Lincoln Labs’ Mark Hernandez, James Balcius and Mischa Shattuck. The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted every component of the U.S. health care system. This report provides a topical assessment of the economic impacts of COVID-19 on health care systems, as well as their implications on long-term recovery and resilience. The report includes insights at the national and state level with a focus on FEMA Region 1 – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
  5. ‘Something’s Got To Give’: Health Risks, Lack Of Child Care Force Many To Leave Jobs
    In the Spring of 2020, when schools and childcare programs shut indefinitely, communities had their resilience tested. This is when GRI Faculty Affiliate Alicia Modestino and her colleagues conducted a national survey to find out how working parents were coping. The survey results was alarming – of the women who lost jobs, one out of four lost a livelihood due to no access to child care — not because their employer shut down, not because they were fired, or because they lost their business, nearly double the rate of men who lost their jobs because of the same reason.
  6. Rethinking resilience: Ten priorities for governments: McKinsey
    The pandemic has pressured governments globally to deliver better and faster for their citizens. In this article, McKinsey highlights 10 fundamental opportunities to shape more resilient societies, build more resilient governments, and revitalize the core capabilities of the public sector, highlighting cutting-edge “best practices” and suggesting several transformational “next practices” that leaders can embrace to reimagine governments for the long term.

Bonus: Learn about GRI’s Integrated Resilience Enhancement Solutions
GRI’s Integrated Resilience Enhancement Solution (I-RES) is applied to both communities and to the enterprises that exist and operate to provide the economic, civic, and social operational backbone upon which communities are built and depend. Enterprises may include, for example, businesses, hospitals, schools, NGO’s, and government entities.

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