EWB held two webinar series in 2020 with contributors from across the disciplines of engineering, business, humanitarian and design innovation, biodiversity and gardening, ecological economics, development education and more to explore the concept of resilience and rethink how our communities can be and what life post-Covid 19 could look like.
We want to encourage people to consider new approaches and think differently. We hope to inspire people to address the global challenges we face and harness the opportunities we have to create social, economic and environmental change.
Our seventeen webinars can be viewed on the EWB youtube channel under the following sections :
Sustainable Engineering and Construction
In this section, we explore a resilience based approach to construction and infrastructure provision and how we urgently need to switch to a green building model for future development.
New Ways to Build Community Resilience in a post-Covid World
EWB Director and Lecturer at TU Dublin Liam McCarton introduces the concept of resilience and how engineers and scientists need to radically change their approach to infrastructure provision if we are to thrive in a post climate change / post Covid 19 world.
Green Building: The New Normal for People and Planet
Humanitarian & Design Innovation
In this section, we explore product designs for a humanitarian context and design innovation for communities. We also explore how logistics and supply chain management operates in the humanitarian context of refugee camps and adapting to online teaching with refugee and internally displaced students.
Crutches, How to Optimize an Essential Item
Designing for Community Resilience
Resilience through Technology
Innovating Access to Technology and Education in Nepal
Designing Resilience and Food Security for Subsistence Farmers
Low Technology for High Impact: Applied Technologies for Local Resilience
Rethinking Communities- Perspectives from Kurdistan, Iraq
Will Holden and James Haido
Environment & Climate
In this section, we delve into the worlds of waste management, adopting a biodiversity based approach to development and climate adaptation and mitigation.
Litter, Not Always A Waste
Building in Climate Resilience
Building Resilience through Nature Education
Businesses continually need to innovate to compete in our globalised marketplace. Covid 19 has created huge challenges for businesses, but there are also opportunities. We look at two case studies of a distillery pivoting its production model and the business opportunity that lies in becoming more accessible, particularly in the tourism industry.
Keeping an Open Mind, Pivoting Production in a Crisis
Accessibility, What’s it Worth? The Business Case for Universal Design
Alternative Development and Economic Approaches
Dominant narratives around growth and development shape policy, investment and our own thinking about what is “right” or “normal”. In this section, we step back to question the concept of growth and explore what opportunities the degrowth movement can offer our current and future societies. We also look closer at finance for development and international trade and cash flows, global inequality and whether we are really tackling global poverty.
Degrowth - Engineering a Utopia
International Development, Finance and Ending Poverty - Who's Aiding Who?
Community Development in the Online Space
In our final section, we look at the opportunities the online space can offer community development and community management.