March 2017

  • ‘Culture of risk’ proponents seek to improve societal resilience

    By PATRICK STEPHENSON, BRUSSELS – In the broadest sense, ‘culture’ refers to how different people use different means to achieve the same goals. For example, some will grow rice to eat, and others will grow wheat. And in a crisis, different groups of people tend to respond differently. Some people will call a national telephone hotline. Others will walk to the local pub, to see what their neighbours are saying or doing. As floodwaters rise, some will wait for government action. Others will grab a shovel and a sandbag. Exploring how individuals and communities respond to crises, and how such different cultural responses can help societies remain resilient, was the focus of...

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