Category: Resilience

HUMAN – sci-fi meets aid

4 August 2016 0

As a long-time fan of science fiction, I was delighted to hear that J.¬†was writing a new novel, the world’s first humanitarian science fiction. J. is a fabulous writer as his previous books – fiction and non-fiction, all with humanitarian themes – attest. I’m not sure what it’s like for someone who is a professional…

By Viv McWaters

Tasting an amygdala hijack

8 May 2011 8

Warning: Contains self-reflection I’ve always said that an ‘amygdala hijack’ is a great name for a cocktail. I’m not sure what would be in such a cocktail except that in my mind’s eye it’s red, so I guess cranberry juice would be a good start. A real amygdala hijack is a serious thing though –…

By Viv McWaters

Beyond resilience

24 August 2009 0

Dave Pollard has an excellent post on resilience. Resilience is a bit of a catch phrase at the moment, and yes, guilty as charged, your honour. I’ve been pedalling the resilience story for a while now – individual, community, organisational, family. As Dave says, resilience is about ‘springing back’, and embedded in that is the…

By Viv McWaters

Talking with Gil Brenson-Lazan about the role of facilitators in disaster response

1 March 2009 1

Anyone reading this blog over the last couple of weeks will notice a pre-occupation, of sorts, with facilitation and disaster response. This is borne partly out of the need to share what I know and believe regarding what facilitators can bring and partly due to frustration. Frustration that the authorities responsible for recovery following Victoria’s…

By Viv McWaters