Workshop facilitator: Dr Mel Irons
Dr Mel is one of our keynote presenters, and this workshop focuses on some of the more practical strategies that she used during her experience managing an online emergent group during the Tasmanian bushfires of 2013.
This workshop will be sharp and to the point: we will discuss a range of uncomfortable ideas that you might like to (or need to) consider including in the way you are currently conducting your emergency management operations. Dr Mel will throw a range of ideas at you – some you love and can take on immediately, others that may be of use or may not, and some that make you downright uncomfortable… but ones that you realise that you need to consider as the face of disasters, the community and the media changes. This workshop will help you stay ahead of the game, as you consider true innovation. Mel has over 30 ideas for you to consider and that will be discussed briefly during the workshop – looking at a range of topics that centre on community led recovery, the use of social media for data gathering and information sharing, and managing spontaneous volunteers.
Some of the ideas are based on Mel’s PhD research; and others are just ideas for you to take and run with. A workshop designed to get you thinking beyond the limits of the ’emergency management box’, you may find your own ideas developing by the end of our time together.