Over the last couple of years we’ve worked with half a dozen communities on the development of risk assessments and resilience plans for flood and other natural hazards. With each project, and with each international news story highlighting a disaster, we have become increasingly interested in better understanding the ‘intangibles’ – the things that are really hard to grasp and even harder to measure. But of course, what is measured matters – and if we continue to focus on the things we can easily calculate to drive disaster risk reduction decisions…we are going to make poor decisions. And so, we’ve been trying to learn from others around the world and to innovate new methods to draw out potential intangible impacts from stakeholders, and then to do our best to record and map these efforts – so that the intangibles are measured and can matter in future decision-making.
Our principal, Tamsin, will be presenting some of these methods, along with a plethora of lessons learned in our adventures working with some very excellent collaborators and willing communities around the province, at the upcoming Canadian Hazards and Risk Network Annual Symposium. Come listen, or better yet, come share your ideas on capturing and using intangible impacts in disaster risk reduction – October 31st, Vancouver, BC.