Doubling-down on the Disaster Empire mission
Some of you have asked what Disaster Empire Quick Views is. Over the past year, I reflected on why I launched the blog. Back in 2019, I had the idea to provide an opportunity to share and connect the great work of practitioners worldwide. I was learning so much about what others were doing, but there were few platforms for us to spread the word. So, I started the Disaster Empire website to share my thoughts and those of others in the resilience space.
My first blog, Why Disaster Empire? Five Reasons was a blueprint for what I wanted to accomplish. I spoke about the importance of connectivity–providing peer-to-peer networking. Additionally, I wanted to help break down silos between BCM, security, safety, and disaster recovery. We are all part of an aligned ecosystem–indeed, in some organizations, those “hats” are worn by one person.
We don't have to go it alone
None of us want to feel like we are on alone on an island. The online platform leverages the power of digital media to connect us. Additionally, my intent is a space agnostic of specific companies or employers. If you check out the “About” section of the website, you’ll get a more in-depth view of what inspired me to launch Disaster Empire. Your support so far has been overwhelmingly positive. I appreciate hearing differing points of view and challenging each other (respectfully). My readers have encouraged me to grow and expand my horizons, providing deeper insight into resilience topics.
This year's YouTube channel launch
So, reflecting on what I started working towards led me to consider how I could support the founding vision better. My early blogs included sharing the work of scientists and other professionals in the field of resilience. Disaster work is often unheralded, and I wanted others to become aware of cutting-edge thinking, as evidenced in Ten Inspirational Ted Talks For Disaster Professionals. That year, I followed the most recent Boeing 737 crash and spoke about the importance of reputation management. To provide added value, I also conducted a Quick Analysis of Natural Disaster Impacts Over the Past Five Years.
Since then, I have covered a variety of topics. However, in 2022, I decided to go back to the basics by talking directly to innovators and thought leaders in resilience. So, my Disaster Empire Quick Views YouTube channel was born. If you aren’t already following it, please check it out. Over the summer, I was fortunate to have Michele Turner as my first guest. She shared her perspective and her book, Lessons Learned: Short Stories of Continuity and Resilience. This morning I recorded a podcast with my thirteenth guest, Rob Burton of PreParedex, which provides exercise support and its companion offering, the International Crisis Management Conference (ICMC).
Spotlighting resilience professionals
The channel is an opportunity to spotlight exceptional thought leaders and vendors in the industry. I am already looking forward to next year. It’s a beautiful opportunity to share conversations with well-known personalities in resilience and others you may not have heard of who are achieving extraordinary things. I wanted to be able to bring their message directly to you. If you want to join me on the journey, make sure you follow the channel by subscribing. That way, you won’t miss an episode. The video podcast is more personal, enabling you to see and hear our colleagues.
Providing value through multiple channels
What Disaster Empire Quick Views is another opportunity to spread ideas and emerging trends in resilience. It’s a way to engage in lifelong learning and education together. It augments my blog, which I will continue. So, Disaster Empire Quick Views provides short, bite-sized conversations with leaders in resilience, including business continuity, crisis, security, safety, and risk. The podcast shares knowledge, learning opportunities, and tips relevant to resilience today.
The conversations are launched weekly on YouTube and then posted on LinkedIn. I hope you will continue to read the blog, with timely content like Is Your Company Ready For The Next Pandemic? In the coming year, stay connected for more educational content. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
And if you would like to be a guest or suggest someone for a Disaster Empire Quick Views podcast, please get in touch with me at [email protected]. Thank you all for your continued support and interest in Disaster Empire. It’s a labor of love and wouldn’t exist without your help.
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