What is the mission of the recently launched Risk and Resilience HUB and why is it needed?
The Risk and Resilience HUB is a new digital B2B platform that brings together the silos of business continuity, crisis management, disaster recovery, emergency management, governance, and risk and compliance. Our goal is to help minimize risk and build resilient organizations and communities in the private and public sectors. The vibrant ecosystem we are creating is not simply a website but rather a global hub for professionals to meet and collaborate.
We realize that in today’s 24/7 world, the focus on resilience is continuously growing in both the private and public sectors. The resources for resilience are abundant. Technology is robust. Collaboration will fuel future expansion of our industry in an online world. The Risk and Resilience HUB is an internet-based platform for valuable interaction. Harvard Business Review author Sangeet Paul Choudary characterizes platform thinking as “an approach to understanding how the rules of business are radically changing in the age of the internet.” We agree and look forward to enabling professionals around the world to connect and learn from one another through the HUB.
Why are you and your colleagues qualified to build an industry HUB?
Our Disaster Resource GUIDE has served the business continuity, emergency management and crisis management marketplace since 1985 – first as a publication focused on earthquake preparedness, then shifting in 1996 to an all-hazards approach focusing on disaster recovery and emergency management. From the beginning, we have specialized in connecting buyers and sellers. Our mission has been to integrate the silos of business continuity, disaster recovery, emergency management, crisis management, and enterprise risk management.
We partner and actively engage with all the major industry stakeholders: conferences, magazines, publications, associations, educational institutions, and certifying bodies. The GUIDE’s content covers six core categories foundational to all organizations in the private and public sectors. Our relationships with thought leaders worldwide, which we have built over more than 30 years of experience in the industry, are the foundation for this new Risk and Resilience HUB.
What resources does the HUB offer to professionals?
The HUB is unique because of the combination of offerings in the following four key areas:
: Featuring experts in key areas and integrating the disciplines of business continuity, crisis management, disaster recovery, emergency response, and governance risk and compliance. We will provide access to top-notch subject matter experts and the best thought leadership on the planet. Oliver S. Schmidt, C4CS, is one of our subject matter experts – and a prime example of the highly experienced professionals we will feature in the days ahead. Content is organized in six key categories: Enterprise Resilience, Human Concerns, IT Availability & Security, Communications & Network, Physical Infrastructure, and finally Incident & Crisis Response. Think Google but curated with the best content.
: Products & Services, Associations, Events, Educational Institutions, and Government Agencies. Does your company have a need for a product or service? Does your company have products and services for this industry? You have come to the right place. Think Angie’s List.
: A place to make connections, share ideas, learn new things and more. The community will of course only work if professionals from around the world get involved. Complete your profile, invite your friends, post a blog, join a group or start a forum topic. Think Facebook without the ads.
: The HUB is a gathering place that brings together companies and industry groups which offer solutions that are needed in this fast-paced environment.
We leverage decades of building industry relationships to pull together the resources professionals need. Think Skype with problem solvers.
Our value proposition includes forums and social networking, surveys of industry professionals, a massive outreach to help grow our industry, resources to vet vendors and establish a content framework for the silos to answer the question, “How does everything fit together?”
What is your history and background in our industry?
The vision for the HUB developed 35 years ago and has certainly evolved. First, we had an Emergency Preparedness cooperative focused on earthquakes, followed by the Disaster Resource GUIDE, next came the Continuity eGUIDE, and now we have launched the Risk and Resilience HUB. A lot has changed since the early days.
The Disaster Resource GUIDE has roots in the lessons learned after the devastating Mexico City earthquake in 1985, which highlighted the need for preparedness and proper planning. The recurring message in the mainstream media: “Human suffering could have been enormously reduced if 72-hour preparedness had been a pre-earthquake priority.”
The Disaster Resource GUIDE is published by Emergency Lifeline Corporation (ELC) of which I am the CEO. ELC was founded in 1985 with the purpose of helping businesses, schools, families and individuals prepare for 72-hour self-sufficiency. In addition to selling preparedness kits and supplies, Emergency Lifeline published educational resources for hazard mitigation and emergency preparedness. These simple educational publications spotlighted several companies with diverse products for a developing marketplace.
In the early 1990s, an industry began to emerge. There were small steps of collaboration between the disciplines of business recovery, which is referred to as business continuity, and emergency management. Major corporations realized that business recovery and resumption was linked to the well-being of its employees and the survivability of its infrastructure. This movement was the catalyst for the Disaster Resource GUIDE, which we launched in 1996.
The Disaster Resource GUIDE was always about helping companies, institutions, communities, and families preserve and protect those things that are most important – reputation, people, property, jobs, business assets, community. We published the annual Disaster Resource GUIDE, Special Edition Mini-GUIDEs, the Wednesday Continuity eGUIDE and the online DR GUIDE.
Our job has been made easier by a growing corporate and government commitment to work together to ensure continuity of our corporations and communities. Today, we see Information Technology, Facilities, Human Resources, Risk Management, Safety and other departments working together to create enterprise-wide programs for the continuity of the organization. We have seen an increase in the number of grassroots contingency and emergency planning groups which are eager to share the wealth of their knowledge, training, and experience. These public and private partnerships have grown locally because of a shared belief that, by working together, communities can lessen the impact of disasters. With all of this organic grown in our industry, the HUB can take resources developed locally and make them available globally, in real-time, with constant interaction possible. These options collaborate online have the potential to help professionals within vertical sectors to share unique solutions with others in their own industries, such as healthcare or banking.
How can professionals interested in the HUB become involved?
The HUB is in beta mode until late May 2019. We invite professionals from around the globe to visit the HUB online at https://www.riskandresiliencehub.com
. Please check it out, connect, collaborate, critique, and help us test and improve the Risk and Resilience HUB.
It has been a three-year journey. Now it is finally time for “show and tell.” Along the way, many challenges in the trenches have reminded us that resilience is about vision and perseverence. The HUB will develop into a comprehensive platform shaped by the industry we care deeply about. We invite professionals to tell us what they think, what works, and what does not work. Any and all feedback is welcome and matters to us.
The Risk and Resilience HUB is and will remain a work in progress. With your help, the best is yet to come. First, let us know that you want to participate. We will contact you and convey ways in which you can contribute. We offer you a free membership that will allow you to connect, access content, start or join a group, post a blog, suggest an expert, be the expert -- and much more. Do not hesitate to email us at publisher@RiskAndResilienceHUB.com. We look forward to hearing from you.