Blogs

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The 3 Cs of Resident Engagement
Despite the many post-Grenfell promises we continue to see terrible examples of …
RBKC fail to learn from Grenfell: A resident’s perspective
Trellick Tower Development, RBKC fail to listen to residents.
Grenfell, Fish & Systemic Change
Nicky Venables, CEO of New Build Database interviews me about my book, …
In memory… The Lakanal House Fire
On 3 July 2009, 3 week old Michelle Udooka died with her …
In memory… Grenfell: The 21st Floor
Watch the BBC Newsnight documentary Grenfell: The 21st Floor.
Grenfell Timeline: The first 35 minutes
A timeline of the first 35 minutes of the Grenfell Tower Fire.
‘The real failure of Grenfell – complexity, ambiguity and competency.’ Prof. Torero Transcript
Transcript of Prof Torero speech – the real lesson of Grenfell. Accountability, …
Not just the cladding… The Grenfell Tower Fire: Summary of the Expert Evidence
Summary of the expert evidence heard at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry in …

Blog Catalouge

The 3 Cs of Resident Engagement

Despite the many post-Grenfell promises we continue to see terrible examples of a failure to engage effectively with residents. This blog explores the difference between consultations, collaboration and co-design and suggests that moving away from tick-box consultations may help restore trust.

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RBKC fail to learn from Grenfell: A former MP’s perspective

Former MP Emma Dent Coad accuses the RBKC of deliberate obfuscations that are not in the spirit of post-Grenfell engagement to which the Council committed.

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In memory… The Lakanal House Fire

On 3 July 2009, 3 week old Michelle Udooka died with her mother, Helen, in the Lakanal House Fire. Lessons were not leaarned and on 14 June 2017, the youngest victim t Grenfell was Logan Isaac Gomes, still-born at seven months.

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Grenfell and the tacit knowledge of those at the sharp end – Ed Daffarn speaks to LBC’s James O’Brien.

LBC’s James O’Brien speaks to Ed Daffarn the author of the blog that predicted a catastrophic event at Grenfell.

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An Analysis of the Design, Installation & Materials of the Rainscreen Cladding System at Grenfell Tower:

A technical analysis of what happened at the Grenfell Tower Fire.

This report looks objectively at the design of the cladding system and the way in which it was installed, whilst explaining some of the evidence heard at the Inquiry.

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The danger of the narratives we use to silence: Grenfell and the Rebel Residents

Evidence by main contractor #Rydon at the #Grenfell Tower Inquiry reveals the narratives used to silence the voices of residents.

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Power and Accountability: The psychological contract & responding to catastrophic event

Power and Accountability. The failure of politicians to be accountable for the psychological contract in the face of catastrophic events such as Grenfell, COVID19 and Hillsborough.

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Cummings & our unwritten Psychological Contract: Are we asking the right questions?

This blog explores the Cummings’ crisis through the lens of a failure to attend to and restore an unwritten psychological contract in the aftermath of catastrophic events.

Rather than asking ‘how can we ‘move on’ from the Cummings’ crisis?’ those in power might instead seek to understand what a country in grief needs from them, to understand what it would take to restore the psychological contract and build trust.

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COVID-19 Unheeded Warnings #2: Centre for Health and Public Interest 2013 Report

Adaptive capacity is a cornerstone of resiliance. Those that failed to ensure this capacity whilst listing a pandemic as a top civil risk need to be held to account.

A 2013 Report by the CHPI warns that the new NHS structure would impact the ability to fight a pandemic.

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From interruption to disruption: Leadership and Covid-19

Rather than viewing #Covid-19 as an interuption and wait for things to return to normal. It offers a unique #leadership opportunity to untether ourselves from the past and step into the Fourth Industrial Age.

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A Mix of Positives and Negatives: Reflections on the Ministry for Housing, Community & Local Government’s recent advice for building owners

Chartered Architectural Technologist and Fire Engineer, Frances Maria Peacock gives her view on the recent advice for building owners issues by. the MHCLG

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Grenfell, Leadership & the Symbolic Dance: Lessons from Mehra; Barwell; Jenrick & others…

Recent decisions about Benita Mehra, Gavin Barwell and Robert Jenrick are perplexing in the symbolic dissonance with the intent for learning and change.

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Grenfell narratives displacing our ability to learn

Heroes and Villains – The narratives displacing our ability to learn from Grenfell

This blog looks at the failures of the LFB in preparing for Grenfell and explores the narratives displacing our ability to learn from Grenfell.

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