How Can We Respond To A Crisis Better An MIT Alum Has

first_imgHow Can We Respond To A Crisis Better? An MIT Alum Has a Few Suggestions About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer regions: Boston In the wake of Hawaii’s false emergency threat last week, MIT Sloan recently discussed the two key lessons that will make countries more “efficient when responding to a crisis.”Miyamoto International’s Elizabeth Petheo (MBA ’14) whose career has focused on international urban disaster and risk reduction and resiliency programs believes that countries in which disasters occur should drive resiliency efforts, but “international actors can act as a catalyst for knowledge transfer.”Petheo explains that the national actors “who know the area best, understand what capabilities their community already has, and what needs to be strengthened” are the ones who need to drive the conversation. She advises communities to develop a checklist of sorts and ensure they have firm handles on questions related to the necessary equipment, whether there’s a control structure in place to make decisions, “who else in their ecosystem will be respond to disasters, and how their specific work area impacts other areas.” Photo via Caleb Jones/APPart two of disaster relief involves the perspectives—and efforts—of the international community, which are necessary for communities to “understand links—how different actors who respond in a time of crisis can help and support each other,” according to Petheo.Miyamoto, for instance, uses data to “help local first responders understand what different scenarios would be if an earthquake did strike their area, then help communities identify the gaps in their readiness and what areas could be strengthened.”“To prepare for a crisis, there are a number of questions that communities can ask themselves. ‘This is not an exhaustive list,’ Petheo said, ‘but there are a couple of different buckets: the logistical and operations side of things; overall administrative management of how things get executed; and the players themselves.’”Petheo concludes, “There is the economic, societal, social, and individual impact that’s happening all at the same time, which is what makes these kinds of emergencies so complex [but] the more you can think through what possible scenarios would be, what the situation that the community or government face would be, the better they are in coping when a crisis actually happens.”Check out the recent of MIT’s article on disaster relief here.center_img Last Updated Jan 23, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedUIC Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies Head Helps Tackle Disaster ReliefNancy Harvey, executive director of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at UIC Liautaud, has been working alongside Janet Lin, an associate professor of emergency medicine, to devise a business plan for community-based training in disaster preparedness. The hope is to expand disaster risk reduction training in Haiti, a nation constantly…October 12, 2016In “News”Wharton MBA Alum Turns the Theories of Social Impact into ActionOne MBA alumna from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business has shown the true value of social impact efforts through her recent consulting work in the Philippines. Barbara Custodio, who earned her Wharton MBA in 1989, has a long list of accomplishments over the course of her career.…September 27, 2016In “Featured Home”The Future Time Slack Phenomenon, and More – Boston NewsLet’s review the most interesting stories to emerge from Boston business schools this week, including a Harvard professor’s explanation of what exactly “future time slack” is and why you may be dealing with it on a regular basis. Time For Happiness: Why the Pursuit of Money Isn’t Bringing You Joy—And…February 4, 2019In “Boston”last_img read more

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