Book precis

Tentative title:  Systems Thinking for Emergency Managers (and Other Community Professionals)

For about five years, I taught a graduate course in “Systems Thinking for Emergency Managers.”  I used Donella Meadows’ Thinking in Systems as the basis, but had to heavily supplement it with relevant examples as well as bringing in topics such as resilience.

This prompted me to pull together this idea for a book.  Its intended audience is the emergency management community, as well as any other community professionals (e.g., planners, developers).  The outline is available here. Before seeking a publisher, I am looking for answers to the following questions:

  • Most importantly, is such a book needed?
  • If yes, does this outline suggest that the book would fill the need?
  • If yes, what else needs to be included, or what deleted?
  • Do you have a suggestion as to a receptive publisher?

If I proceed, I would provide real-world community examples to illustrate concepts throughout.

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John Plodinec

Dr. John Plodinec is an independent scholar. As part of the Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI), he was responsible for identifying and evaluating technologies that can enhance a community’s resilience. His most important contributions have been development of action-oriented tools that operationalize the “Whole Community” concept, including CARRI’s Community Resilience System and its Campus Resilience Enhancement System. He has also helped several communities and universities develop plans to recover from economic and natural disasters. Dr. Plodinec also coordinated development of an action plan for management of woody biomass and debris generated by disasters in support of the federal government’s Woody Biomass Working Group. This effort involved a team from seven federal agencies as well as coordination with other major stakeholders in the American forest enterprise. Dr. Plodinec also developed CARRI’s Resilient Home Program, aimed at improving the survivability of American homes to natural disasters. This built on earlier work he did while at Mississippi State University, where he led the University's efforts to develop programs related to severe weather events. As part of a joint program with the International Code Council and other partners, he has led initial development of a Community Resilience Benchmark System.

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