First-time Parenthood?

Guest Blog by Jolie Wills Okay, this may sound a little odd, but it strikes me that working in recovery is a lot like first-time parenthood. How so? When you embark on the journey you know it will be one of the most meaningful and valuable roles you will play, but also one of the … Continue reading

Purpose and pot plants

Guest Blog by Jolie Wills This last week I have been visiting tsunami affected communities in the Tohoku region in Japan and speaking with fabulous people walking alongside those impacted. Many of those I have talked with are supporting the communities of Fukushima where regions are still uninhabitable due to the nuclear radiation leak with … Continue reading

Neurons of the Heart – the Art of Being Connected

A neuron is an excitable cell that processes and transmits information through electrical and chemical signals.  These signals between neurons occur via synapses, specialized connections with other cells. I heard the other day that there are 40,000 neurons in your heart and 100 million neurons in your gut [almost the size of a cat’s brain … Continue reading

My Valentine’s Day Disaster

It is a valentine’s day like no other and it starts early. I look out the jeep window, a little bleary eyed from the 4am start. Tacloban flashes past as we drive to a relief distribution. We slow a little as we come to a roundabout – it looks a little odd, kind of lumpy … Continue reading

Cosmic Engineering

To be honest my former self would have thought that an ‘inspiring engineer’ was an oxymoron. It would seem that the universe has intervened on the behalf of the engineering profession to set me straight. You could call it a feat of ‘cosmic engineering’. Whether sitting on a bus winding around rural Taiwan or random … Continue reading

Bump, Spark, and Swim Upstream

It ‘s raining outside and I can see the venue from my hotel window. I make a dash for it – I find my boot is leaking and the green man at the crossing seems to be off on a coffee break. I wait, willing him to return as my hair sticks to my head and water … Continue reading

Dignity

Measurement is the assignment of numbers to objects or events and it is a global obsession. I see people with little dinky things that measure how many steps they take and websites where the whole world can give a random person a ‘hot or not’ score out of 10! We have never been able to … Continue reading

Leadership, wisdom and the post-disaster recovery process

And it is done. After much toil please find the link to my Winston Churchill Report – Leadership, wisdom and the post-disaster recovery process. Elizabeth McNaughton Winston Churchill Report 2013 Final This Winston Churchill fellowship focuses on post-disaster recovery leadership. The purpose of this study is to seek the wisdom of recovery leaders, in the US, … Continue reading