Crisis Response Journal Theatre
THEME: PLACES AND PEOPLE
This Crisis Response Conference will look at the two most vital elements of society – people and where they live, examining the risks and threats that are inherent in urban areas, whether when working, living or during leisure activities. Add to this how we are increasingly becoming connected, both as individuals and through our infrastructure. How do we ensure the safety, security, resilience, well-being and flourishing of communities in urban areas, set against the backdrop of future disruptions and crises?
The answer has to lie in greater transdisciplinary co-operation between governments, authorities, business, front line emergency responders, the private sector and, of course people.
Day one will comprise a series of panel discussions around safe cities, space technology and generations of the future. Meanwhile, day two will examine people and their safety in work and leisure, culminating in a masterclass discussion looking at future crisis trends and risks, and what society needs to do to confront them.
SOCIETAL RESILIENCE: SMART CITIES, SAFE CITIES – CONNECTED SOCIETY, CONNECTED INFRASTRUCTURE
Urban populations are increasing and cites are evolving faster than ever before. With this growth, comes increased vulnerabilities, as well as increased opportunities, and possible unforeseen interdependencies that may cause crises. But, if information is the currency of an intelligent society, what are the ways we can make urban areas more resilient and secure – and their populations happy – harnessing interconnectivity developments for good?
The aim of this day is to examine how to protect people – whether humanitarian workers in hostile areas, or workers required to travel to ostensibly ‘safer’ areas. How can we prepare them ahead of time and ensure duty of care? What happens if something goes wrong? And how do we look after them afterwards while ensuring reputational damage is kept to a minimum? What communication is required? What type of leadership is needed? This is crisis planning and management at its core.