Special Seminar on Disaster Planning and Response through Resilience
5:00 to 6:15 p.m.
Thursday, December 1
Weaver Auditorium, Coastal Institute (Kingston Campus)
6:20 to 7:00 p.m. - Reception at the University Club
University of Rhode Island
Resilience: How do we learn to live with water, or earth, or wind, or fire? What is the theory? How do we measure resiliency? We can (and must) adapt to the changing environment. Learn about tsunami or storm surge mitigation and evacuation systems, floating cities, artificial barrier islands, land use restrictions, floodable environments and buildings. Examples are gleaned from work done in Christchurch, New Zealand, New Orleans, Chile and San Francisco. The speaker has done fieldwork in these locations and is in the forefront of resilience planning.
Doug Ahlers, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, founded the Harvard Kennedy School Broadmoor Project, a collaborative redevelopment effort between the Katrina-devastated Broadmoor New Orleans neighborhood and the Kennedy School. Ahlers has been a Fellow at the Preventative Defense Project at Stanford University¡¯s Center for International Security and Cooperation where he worked on a plan for San Francisco in preparing to recover faster after a disaster strikes. A Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, and a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard, Ahlers teaches courses on the management of disaster recovery which blend case teaching with field-research (Community Recovery: Rebuilding Disaster Damaged Communities in Chile; Disaster Recovery Management and Urban Development: Rebuilding Cities After a Disaster). Mr. Ahlers is the cofounder of Modem Media (now Publicis Modem) and is on the Smithsonian Institution¡¯s National Board and the board of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.
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