Preparing for Heat Waves In a World Primed to Cook
Are we there yet? Have people finally cottoned on to the idea that maybe, things aren’t going so well for the planet and our place in it? Storms, up; floods, up; fires, up; droughts, up; people being displaced by climate events, up. The signals are all around us.
And yet, as a species we struggle to respond fully, deliberately to emerging crisis UNLESS we are viscerally involved. Many of us simply do not know what it means to experience a heat wave event or a flood or poverty until, well, we’re in that state. The paradox – is that until we’re involved, we’re not engaged enough to fully think about what we might do, and that is a huge risk when you’re talking about the welfare of people.
Which is why scenarios are a brilliant way of bringing people to an understanding beyond the spreadsheet data. You aim to make your scenario as neurologically rich as you can, engaging as many senses as you can to help your participants get into the headspace that allows them to appreciate what might be possible. In that space of ‘experience’ they’re able to make better decisions in ADVANCE of when an event might occur.
Coming up in September I’m facilitating the Heat Health Scenario for the City of Greater Dandenong (CGD) as they explore how ready they are to deal with a long standing heat event, who they will have to assist, and what capabilities and other agency resources they may have to draw on to deal with what is a clear survival issue for their residents. It’ll be in a different format from others I’ve conducted for the Dairy Industry, Defence Industry, Manufacturing sector, Waste sector and more. We’ll use the minds of people on stage to advance the narrative in more ‘immediate time’ and help push our thinking as far as we can go to find what gaps might exist in their planning.
What’s significant about this for a Council is that they’re inviting a whole range of other experts from outside Council to help them understand what is and isn’t possible. And using the Drum Theatre as the staging grounds allows a few neurologically engaging elements to be brought into play. It’ll be a challenging day for all both on and off stage stage.
I flag my bias towards the need for a vastly improved approach to managing staff in the work environments. V A S T L Y improved. I’m still surprised at how clunky, disorganised or naive some senior managers are when it comes to that part of the business that considers ‘people’. And rather than cover…Read More >
An interesting public workshop in Perth in the first week of October introducing a varied group to the Organisational Evolution model. The Org-Ev is the model I developed for the start up of The Australian Strategic Planning Institute in conjunction with Steven Bowman. Given the diversity of the group, there were a number of surprises…Read More >
A note for those of you in Perth that there are just 4 spaces left for the Introduction to the Organisational Evolution Model workshop at Adina Apartments in Perth. The Org Ev model has been designed to enhance Strategic Planning and decision making and this introductory workshop is aimed at those looking to attend the…Read More >
Later this month I’ll be facilitating a scenario session looking at the potential impact of a long standing heatwave event for the City of Greater Dandenong here in Australia. Heatwaves kill more people than any other weather event. By a long way. Importantly they also have a ‘fat tail’ with physical impairments to individuals often…Read More >
Looking Up Feeling Good will be running an workshop on the Organisational Evolution Model in Perth. The Org-Ev model has been used by a wide number of agencies across almost all industry sectors, and was originally developed for the Australian Strategic Planning Institute. The workshop is limited to 25 people and will take place at…Read More >
If you’re involved with setting policy, allocating funding, designing products or services and delivering on them, then one book you simply must have read is the absolutely astounding ‘Invisible Women’ by Caroline Criado Perez. What Perez has done with this book is ALL OF THE RESEARCH you need to have available to you when you…Read More >
Are we there yet? Have people finally cottoned on to the idea that maybe, things aren’t going so well for the planet and our place in it? Storms, up; floods, up; fires, up; droughts, up; people being displaced by climate events, up. The signals are all around us. And yet, as a species we struggle…Read More >
One of the most challenges aspects for owners of businesses, and also for Boards charged with running businesses, is how to allow for the impact of a decision to unfold over time. Many listed company Boards will be delaying with a CEO on a limited tenure. The Board will have set expectations for performance and…Read More >
Local Governments in Australia face an emerging risk space that many seem unaware of. Brought on by rising costs, especially in business premises rentals, compliance needs and registration costs, research we’ve identified as part of work with a Local Government client is indicating a significant increase in businesses popping up in residential areas. What seems…Read More >