Forum for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning

In August I will start in a new job at 'Forum for Samfundets Beredskab'. The rest of this update is an excerpt from their homepage:

Forum for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (FSB) is an independent interdisciplinary body who works within areas of community preparedness, including police, fire and rescue, the prehospital EMS, defence, etc.

FSB aims:
- To focus on community preparedness as a generic term, in the joint effort to continuously secure the country.
- To focus on the changing conditions community preparedness is facing, and how the changes affect the actors who work within the fields of community preparedness.
- To focus on the need for developing the existing training programs in community preparedness. But also to strengthen and raise the current standard of training, and to assess opportunities for new relevant training and/or programs.
- To focus on areas where cooperation between actors in society’s preparedness can be enhanced in order to create better conditions at the scene of an incident.

FSB’s task is to:
- Do analysis and research work, by publishing papers, memos and reports, etc. for community preparedness.
- Plan and offer relevant professional seminars and conferences for those involved in community preparedness and to offer lectures on relevant topics and issues based on community preparedness.
- Plan study trips and excursions, and thereby creating an opportunity for those involved in community preparedness to share their knowledge and

To fulfill the above mentioned objectives and assignments FSB places much emphasis on cooperation with various actors in community preparedness.

Fulfilling these objectives can be done by doing research or by planning and organization events, events like the country’s national 1-1-2 days every year at the 11 th of February, or other conferences, seminars, etc.

Job change - Teacher in Social Sciences at a General Upper Secondary School

For the next year I have the privilege of inspiring 100 young people to engage in society. By teaching them social sciences I hope to open up a world of possibilities: Where they can have a say, engage and find new relations and dignity.

I am basically interested in developing people - through my leadership book, my think tank activities, my work for a development organization and as a teacher. This is going to be a great year.

Internship doing fundraising at Mission East

In May and June I'm the intern at Mission East. It is a Danish NGO working with emergency relief and development projects in Eastern Europe and Asia. Ever since I spent three months in Nigeria in 2006, I have planned to work with development at some point. I like to develop countries, develop businesses - and ultimately its about developing people. It's about helping people to get the opportunity to know their rights, take control of their situation and feel the dignity of being invaluable - as all people are.

At Mission East I'm doing fundraising and administration support. I help keeping the engine running, as our workers in the field are putting the resources to good use.

Free essay (in Danish) about leadership in projects

This January I have explored questions about leadership in projects. I took the PRINCE2 Foundation certificate and I also took another exam: “Practical Project Management” (10 ECTS points). The afternoon and night before my exam, I wondered why the chapter about leadership in the curriculum felt like it was just "an appendix" – just left there in the shadow after all the chapters stuffed with management tools. In my opinion, you cannot have good management, if you do not start by thinking about leadership.

I wanted to talk about this at my examination, but instead I wrote a looong article about it that night before my exam. Apparently it did not hurt my examination, as I got an A for “outstanding performance”. My teacher from the consultancy firm 2B1GROUP wanted to share it with his upcomming students, so I decided to produce an edition, that was worthy of sharing. And so I did. Now I want this paper to live on.

My starting point was personalist philosophy, and my question for project managers is: Participation or alienation? If you wan’t to have people participating in your project, you have to focus on human dignity, commitment and relations – and choose management tools accordingly.

I have to say: I’m kind of proud of my article. It is written in Danish, my native tongue, – and you can find the latest edition here.

Learning new skills - Project Management and Marketing

I've always enjoyed working in projects, but I currently don't have any exams proving abilities with this work form. But that is going to change. In December 2013 and January 2014 I'm following a class that will lead to an exam in "practical project management" at a business school as well as a PRINCE2 Foundation certificate. I'm taught at 2B1GROUP in Copenhagen.

In the new year I'll also receive a certificate for completing "Introduction to Marketing" - a 9-week online course taught by lecturers from Wharton University of Pennsylvania. I've already finished the exam. It's a basic introduction to marketing - a field I, as a political scientist, didn't know much about. It is meant as an introduction to their excellent MBA. I followed the course through the e-learning framework

There are many excellent courses at Coursera, and I consider following a course in January about the statistical framework R. I've already used R for bench-marking in a class at Aarhus University, but a brush-up is always welcome. Do you want to join me in class?

Objectification of the enemy in war

I've written af blogpost in danish for the portal It's about how soldiers can kill other human beings. Humans got a moral obligation to establish moral I-Though relations to each other, but the military tries instead to objectivate the enemy. I'm explaining it by referring to the implication of the research made by military historian S.L.A. Marshall and by commenting on a quote by the danish minister of defense Nick Hækkerup.

Marshall found, that riflemen didn't like to aim at human beings, and only 15 to 20 percent of the american front line riflemen serving in WWII fired their weapons against the enemy. Subsequently the "bulls eye" shooting ranges were changed to silhouettes of human beings that are knocked over when hit. The result is, that the soldiers recall their training when under fire, and starts shooting like if its just target practice. The human beings they are aiming at are in the moment turned into cardboard silhouettes.

In the quote by Hækkerup he explains, that soldiers don't talk about "killing" but instead talks about "taking out enemies". The logic is, that it's less bad if we call it something else.

Read the blogpost here (in danish): Soldater slår ikke ihjel - de tager fjender ud

Personalist criticism of Just War

Last month I published a short blog in danish about how the personalist can relate to war. I was named "Dilemma: Drone war against terror - for freedom?". It is for the danish web portal where I'm a regular blogger. Read it through Google Translate - but please notice that relevant nuances can be lost!

In my masters thesis I will discuss how the thinkings of Michael Walzer and Jeff McMahancan be applied to the moral and legal status of (mostly danish) chaplains in the war. They are the two most notable scolars of their field, but I consider both of them to have serious limitations. I will deliver my criticism through personalist scolars and try to explain how Walzer in his paradigm work "Just and Unjust Wars - A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations" fail to acknowledge how war as a system dominates and perverts how humans normatively are supposed to act. Afterwards I criticise Walzers most important critic Jeff McMahan for totally ignoring how humans are relational beings - for good and bad.

In the meantime I wrote the blog about how the person could think about war, drones, terrorism and human dignity and freedom. There are no easy sollutions to these issues - I'm sorry to say.

Consultancy work for Forum for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning

From mid-november 2012 to february 2013 am I working as a consultant for "Forum for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning"(Forum for Samfundets Beredskab - FSB) in Denmark. We are planning a new initiative that will launch a european network for fire and rescue. It's very exciting work, where our team of three people are developing the entire thing. More details will be published later. I'm also solving various other cases for "Forum for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning".

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