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Accelerating Safety Solutions

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We aim to work collaboratively, but how can you collaborate without knowing what’s out there?

I recently got the opportunity to learn more about the (other) amazing initiatives going on in the world of safety and resilience at the Lloyd’s Register Safety Accelerator Launch. The attendees were an impressive mixture of industry specialists, tech start-ups and innovation experts.

After introductions from Lloyd’s Register Foundation, Lloyd’s Register and their innovation partner, Plug and Play, we launched into the ‘lightning talks’ with two tech start-ups pitching their safety products. The first was from RealWear, who design augmented reality, wearable computing for industry – think of a headset with video, audio and voice recognition, providing guidance and reliable feedback between people on site and other offices. Next was GuardKnox who provide automotive cyber security – preventing hackers from taking over your car remotely.

Once we’d wrapped our heads around these exciting new ideas, Lloyd’s Register ran their first Innovation Challenges round, laying out 3 specific challenges to improve the safety of life on board ships and floating platforms. Through Plug and Play, the Safety Accelerator will match small technology companies with safety solutions to larger corporations who are looking to adopt new ideas to keep their staff and customers safe. Interested companies who think they can address these challenges should apply for this first round by the 5th August.

For me it was exciting to be brush up against the world of tech start-ups and see some emerging themes and ideas which may become mainstream very soon. It was also a great way to stay in the loop as developments in resilience and safety speed ahead. I’m looking forward to seeing how the Lloyd’s Register Safety Accelerator gets on and the interesting technologies it will support.

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Developing a Community

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At the Resilience Shift, we believe that our success will be as much about how we do things as about what we do. We aim to learn by doing in collaboration with others, share knowledge and foster a global community. In a recent community building workshop, we concluded that our community starts with you, and our network of collaborators and partners.

It’s clear that a strong community can:

  • Provide a sense of belonging
  • Encompass shared values or motivations
  • Include opportunities to influence
  • Integrate the individual and social aims of members

Our first community-building session in May involved our core team. In a miracle of technology, the session spanned three continents, including a late-night dial-in from Melbourne and a video entry from San Francisco – time zone challenges are inevitable when delivering a global programme.

We kicked off the session with a round of introductions, to people and projects, as a first step in encouraging learning and knowledge sharing across sectors.

What does a community look like?

We outsourced some of the hard work to our wider team to get them thinking about what a community is, by asking them three things:

1. Name 2 communities you are already part of.

2. How do you engage with these communities?

3. What do you get from it?

A selection of answers

Communities How do you engage with them? What do you get from it?
  • Clean air and landscape research hub
  • Melbourne victory FC
  • New London Architecture Next Gen group
  • Equilibri Art community
  • Friends & family
  • Sailing group
  • Engineers Ireland
  • Royal Society of Arts
  • Book club
  • Emails
  • Newsletters
  • Meetings
  • As a trustee
  • Social media
  • As a mentor
  • Providing advice
  • As a committee member
  • Informal chats
  • Work events

 

  • Learning about topics of interest
  • Building networks
  • Greater impact
  • New knowledge
  • Friendship
  • Understanding multidisciplinary issues
  • Professional accreditation
  • Early sight of potential opportunities
  • Feeling of connection
  • Different perspectives
  • Dose of creativity

The answers showed huge variety and built into our open discussion afterwards of what people valued from being part of a community. We have taken on board all the excellent points made and they are informing our programme’s knowledge and community strategy.

We want to make sure we add value for all of our collaborators and partners by providing you with what you need from us.It’s important to us that our work is steered by your input as we build our programme and grow our network.

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Shaping the water governance of the future

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Are you interested in water governance? To kick off an exciting new project, The Resilience Shift recently hosted a workshop to frame the resilience opportunity in partnership with the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Arup Water, the City Water Resilience Framework (supported by the Rockefeller Foundation) and We Are Telescopic. Together, our aim is to support key players in the water cycle to mobilise and drive collective action to improve resilience.

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