Fire and Rain: Social Innovation and Community Leadership in Natural Disaster Management and Emergency Services
This national conference will explore innovative community responses to Australia's ongoing vulnerability to natural disasters and need for effective disaster risk management and emergency services.
It's emphasis is on community-based innovation, self-help and leadership, with the aim of identifying and strengthening effective grassroots community responses to the ravages of fire, flood, drought and wind.
The conference will identify cases around the country where social innovation and self-help are being implemented in creative ways.
The conference will bring together community innovators and leaders, service practitioners, researchers, policy makers, social entrepreneurs and workers in community agencies who are interested in furthering social innovation and community self-help in these areas.
Further information: http://www.civilsociety.org.au/FireandRainNationalConference.htm
Topics for discussion include the following:
- case studies of innovative community responses to the ravages of fire, flood, drought and wind;
- case studies and analyses of historical responses by Australians to these risks;
- international experiences and case studies;
- analyses of insurance-based approaches to various risks;
- assessments of policy responses to natural disaster risk, emergency supports, and the costs of reconstruction;
- case studies and assessments of community capacities for self-help;
- analyses of system failure in risk management and emergency services;
- proposals for system re-design;
- institutional impediments to innovation and strategies for change.