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University of Oklahoma Resilience Development Institute First Session Only 3 Months Away–Join Us!

The University of Oklahoma Resilience Development Institute is a little more than 3 months away.  I am honored to serve as Chairman of its Advisory Board, serving alongside national and global leaders in disaster resilience and recovery. Come join us … Continue reading

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Getting a Head Start on 2015–The Future of the Tropics and the Future of Resilience–A Few Observations

As I was inspired by the response to yesterday’s post (if you haven’t, please take a look), and as I have set a goal for 2015 to post at least four blogs a month, thought I’d get a head start … Continue reading

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From Arkansas to Australia–And that’s just the A’s! An Amazing 2014….

My blog posts to date have been, by and large, about others.  As this year comes to a close, I am going to be a bit selfish and talk about the journey I’ve had over the past year, weaving in … Continue reading

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Same Theme, Different Context–and a Reminder How Far Back I Really Go in Disaster Recovery

Funny, life sometimes takes us full circle, even without our realization–until something puts us in a “deja-vu” moment. Then we realize we’ve been there before, and though under different circumstances, we know there is a reason why we are in … Continue reading

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Back to My Roots: Towns, Farms/Agribusinesses–the Folks Who Feed Us–Must be Included in Resilience

I am the son of a farmer.  Although I did not grow up on a farm, my dad had three, and owned a commercial hatchery–a factory that produced living things–baby chicks–literally by the millions, which is incredible for me to … Continue reading

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Why EVERYONE Needs “Extreme Weather”…The Book, That Is!

Growing up in the southern U.S., I have encountered my share of extreme weather events.  But never an earthquake.  Last year, in a town less than 25 miles from my childhood home, a series of earthquakes damaged homes and businesses, … Continue reading

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Resilience: A Definition

After a whirlwind trip to Geneva to promote the University of Oklahoma’s International Resilience Institute, of which I am honored to be Board Chairman, I settled back into familiar territory in Oklahoma City, which over the years has become a … Continue reading

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Risks….and Opportunities…at the intersection of Resilience and Economic Development

As I proudly stated in my last post, I had the distinct honor of meeting with two officials of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in New York before the holidays.  Elina Palm and Maria Hasan were both … Continue reading

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Resilience–A Buzzword, Yes–But Also So Much More

re·sil·ience (noun)  the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after an adverse and/or disruptive event–Merriam Webster Dictionary. Please hang on to that definition.  We’ll need it soon. But first, and a first for me, a personal note.  Apologies all … Continue reading

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From the Tragedy of Sandy to a Better Tomorrow for the East Coast

Like most Americans, and many around the world, I have been glued to my television, laptop, and phone as the tragic events of the past seven days have unfolded.  As with Katrina, Sandy wrought unprecedented destruction to an area not … Continue reading

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