Please join us for this special Committee for Sydney Global webinar as award winning author, Professor Daniel Aldrich, considers the critical role of social ties in disasters and shocks.
Our global community faces multiple risks: the ongoing pandemic of COVID19 continues to wear away at our societies as climate change reshapes our weather and our coastlines. While many continue to envision disaster mitigation and crisis response in terms of physical infrastructure (seawalls, PPE, hardening buildings, etc), Aldrich instead focuses on the role of civic and social infrastructure: trust, horizontal, and vertical ties and the frameworks that build these resources. Using qualitative and quantitative data from shocks around the world, he will demonstrate the importance of social connections in helping people survive and thrive during shocks and disasters. The good news: social ties can be maintained and strengthened, creating communities resilient to shocks we cannot even imagine now.