At PM we firmly believe in gaming simulation as an alternative way of learning about risk, crisis and change. To provide organisations with a fun, accessible and effective way of preparing for crisis, we have developed a brand new card game: Calamity Cards.
It is with great pleasure that we announce an exclusive partnership with Merlin, one of the leading suppliers for crisis management software. At PM we are convinced software helps crisis teams by supporting the crisis organisation, information flow and decision making process. Merlin’s CrisisSuite is the first tool we came across that does exactly that. As all PM advisors are certified to implement CrisisSuite, we will be sharing more about the tool and its features in 2020. For now, we toast the newfound partnership with our friends from Merlin.
After hundreds of crisis exercises and real activations for acute or smouldering crisis situations, Robbert wrote an article for Be Prepared explaining his favourite whiteboard layout and his reasoning behind it. With this article, we hope to accelerate the evolution towards a common recognised and used whiteboard structure for crisis communication teams. You can read the English translation below or download the original Dutch article at the end of the article.
Every once in a while we see a movie, television series or concert that we can’t seem to shake off. I had such an experience recently when I watched Ari Aster’s second feature film Midsommar. As I’m quite a big fan of horror and therefore love what filmmakers like Ari Aster and Jordan Peele are doing for the genre, I was highly anticipating this movie. Not only did it exceed my expecations, its depiction of empathy is remarkable. Bear with me as I make my way through the main plot (spoiler free!) before diving into empathy.
In May 2018 we had the first large scale run of our brand new crisis game for teams. As part of an innovative teambuilding day, 60 team members from the ‘Webcomm’ units of the European Parliament joined Tim Van Achte, Mike Lauder and me (Robbert Meulemeester) in Brussels to save the world in an apocalyptic and chaotic scenario. Not only did we have lots of fun, as expected we also recognised many actual crisis management challenges about awareness, coordination, communication and team dynamics. In this blog post I’d like to share a few (already legendary) quotes of the day.
In April we spent more than a week at the Argenta headquarters in Antwerp to provide acute crisis management and crisis communications support. Belgians fifth largest bank was affected by a large IT crisis after a system migration, causing their online applications to be unavailable for multiple days in a row. They called our team for assistance and we jumped right in.