June 10, 2019

The Positive Side of Risk

Joel Nodelman

About the Author

Joel is an engineer and risk management specialist with over forty years of professional practice. He is committed to helping his clients achieve climate resiliency and sustainability.

Today, I offer some thoughts about the positive side of risk and how our thinking about this nebulous issue helped us plan our our climate resilience approach. We offer a glimpse into the internal workings of Nodelcorp. In this way, this is a personal reflection on how things grow out of seemingly simple questions.  

The Positive Side of Risk and Climate Change

Last year, Joan and I qualified as Canadian Risk Management (CRM) professionals. The training stressed the idea of positive risk. While this seemed valid in the classroom, we wondered if there such a thing as a positive risk in climate change. 

We help clients reduce risk to reach resilience. So, the idea of a positive climate risk seemed wrong. But, when thought it over we concluded that there must be a positive side to climate risk.  Otherwise, we will never fully achieve resilience. The idea of positive climate risk drives us to assess how to exploit the opportunities that can result from terrible situations.
With this in mind, Joan offered her reflections on positive climate risk in her blog, published on April 29, 2019.  

But There is More to Say

Even after publishing Joan’s blog, we felt that there was more to say about this difficult topic. So, Joan followed her blog with a short video presentation we have now expanded into a free micro-course. We continue to research and think about this issue, and we expect to publish more on these topics in the future.   

The Positive Side of Climate Risk Presented at NodelCorp University

Joan’s course, Looking at the Positive Side of Climate Uncertainty, is available on our University training platform. Check it out. It’s free.

Over time, we will add more content on Nodelcorp University, especially for topics we feel warrant more space than a short video or blog. Some of our content, like Joan’s recent course, are free. We just want to share the ideas and feel that the University platform is the best vehicle for this sort of sharing. However, as we move forward, we will also offer more fulsome courses on climate resilience topics, for a fee. These premium offerings will also be available through NodelCorp University.

If you have any resilience topics you wish to review in a self-directed online course let us know. We see NodelCorp University as a community. Thus, as a community, we want to offer content that addresses the interests and needs of our subscribers.

Call to Action

You are not alone.  There are folks here to help you out.  Seek the advice of climate risk and resiliency experts.  Do not be afraid to engage in the debate.  We all have something valuable to offer. 

We provide ongoing commentary on these issues.  Feel free to contact us, we are always happy to discuss your climate, risk and resiliency.

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