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Bill Nicol

Bill Nicol
Bill Nicol is an international government and business speaker and strategist with long experience in crisis management. He helped plan, design and lead Indonesia’s post-tsunami recovery operations in Aceh before writing a six-volume analysis of this and post-disaster operations across Asia and in Haiti—Tsunami Chronicles: Adventures in Disaster Management. He continues to advise the international community on post-disaster operations and recovery architecture, and promotes a greater integration of non-government and private-sector services in these areas. A former print, radio and television journalist and published investigative author, he writes poetry in his spare time and occasionally blogs on management and leadership. He is increasingly drawn back to his roots as a current-affairs television reporter to explore concepts of self and organisational management in an audio-visual format. You can find him at http://www.nicolnotes.com.

Articles by Bill Nicol

Recovery: the missing element

What is often missing form most disaster recovery programs? Believe it or not, recovery itself. Recovery includes but goes beyond emergency response and physical reconstruction. It is the human element where people who have lost everything are helped to get … Read More

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Business not as usual

Having worked deep in the bowels of the world’s largest and arguably its most successful but also now its least recognised disaster recovery program—the reconstruction of Aceh after the 2004 tsunami—I have come to reflect on one of its most … Read More

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Disaster recovery’s black hole

Disasters come and go, but the threat of them never leaves us. This being so, how well are we placed to reflect on the policy implications? I would argue: less well than we could and should be. We are well … Read More

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Insuring against disaster

Insurance is a well-established and well-proven model of risk management. We pay in advance for protection against the costs of disaster and share the cost burden across a larger community of like-minded contributors. While imperfect (why should people who look … Read More

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The Long Tail of Disastrous Policy

I’m from the Government, trust me! This old piece of cynicism holds much truth. The good intentions of government can create as many calamities as they do genuine solutions. Some policies have a short-term impact, others a long lead-time before … Read More

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The disaster of losing your job

Where does economic catastrophe fit within the concept of a disaster being any situation that may or does so overwhelm a group or community that it is unable to respond or cope without direct external assistance? Squarely in the middle. … Read More

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Making the good better

The single greatest problem we as a nation have in confronting disasters is that we define them too narrowly. We are not alone in this. It is a common Western problem. Disasters are seen as falling into two categories—natural and … Read More

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The sullen stealth of disaster

This is the first article in a series entitled The Disaster Blogs. Western nations, not just Australia, are in the process of a massive economic transformation. Just look at the middle class. It is fast disappearing, being hollowed out as some … Read More

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