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What is Community Competence

Building Sustainability Through Environmental Education
The collective aptitude of individuals to learn about their social environment and use the information to identify problems and establish consensus to collectively address the problems to meet the needs of the community.
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Active Learning and Disaster Risk Reduction: Playing the Game of Your Life
LaMesha Lashal Craft (Coastal Carolina University, USA)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7727-0.ch008
The author provides a robust discussion of an ethnographic case study to facilitate creative thinking about how to use communications and social media technology to build resilience and improve citizen disaster preparedness through a “Be Ready” trivia campaign. This research can inform strategies to achieve several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction's Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR). Future research directions include a new community resilience index that measures citizens' use of communications and social media technology. Implications for social change include raising the level of public awareness and facilitating a means to improve personal responsibility for disaster preparedness through low cost education programs. This could improve efforts by government and non-government organizations to improve disaster risk reduction; increase access to information and communication technology; increase disaster emergency planning and response; and build resilient communities.
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