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CEO of Paul Ramsay Foundation on adapting to the new normal, staying on mission, collaboration, hope and wonder.



It’s fair to say that very few Australians have lived and worked (and funded) through a pandemic. Was this a scenario you had envisioned and/or prepared for?



To be frank, no. It is characteristic of a genuine crisis, they are not widely foreseen. Hats off to anyone who predicted the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918, the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-11 or now the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Most governments and organisations did not.

And yet … in October last year I was part of an all-day simulation with Victorian government officials playing out a huge bushfire across the state. The organisers did not predict every detail of the horror summer which followed, but I took some comfort knowing those officials had thought about responses and were prepared for the worse.

Scenario and business continuity planning are really important for any organisation, and we are fortunate everything was in place for the Paul Ramsay Foundation to switch swiftly to working remotely, and so continue to support our partners…
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