The Most Frightening Threat Yet? An NPLI Team Explores What to Do

Not everyone is familiar with a potential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event. Those who are can lose sleep over them. An EMP could result from significant solar activity or the intentional work of a malicious actor. No matter the cause, the effects would be extraordinary: the power grid would go down and anything with unshielded electronic components–from vehicles to ATMs to the cell phones–over a wide area would be permanently damaged.…

Harvards’ NPLI Program Celebrates Inaugural Hall of Fame Inductees

The National Preparedness Leadership Initiative recently announced its Meta-Leadership project Hall of Fame.  Projects were chosen for their positive impact on critical issues of public safety, disaster preparedness, and disaster response. In each of the NPLI’s 17 cohorts, participants’ form into multi-organizational teams to develop projects intended to make a tangible difference on a real-world problem confronting communities and those responsible for their preparedness and resilience. Two of the initial…

NPLI Profiled for 15th Anniversary

The Harvard Gazette ran a feature story to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative: The NPLI is a joint program of the Harvard Chan School and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). The annual executive education program has been attended by 750 leaders from 95 organizations in more than 30 states and 10 countries. It has reached thousands more leaders through symposia…

NPLI Alumni Present Team Project to California Emergency Services Leadership

Last month, NPLI associate director Eric McNulty joined the members of the Executive Education Program Cohort XVI in Sacramento to visit with the leadership of the California Military Department and the California Office of Emergency Services on preparing for and responding to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) incident. The NPLI alumni were members of Team Space Weather Acute Response Measures (SWARM), the meta-leadership team that as a part of their NPLI…

NPLI Faculty Peter Neffenger Featured in ‘Resilient World’ Podcast

Peter Neffenger, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative alumni and faculty, was recently featured in the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience “Resilient World” podcast. It’s hosted by Christine Wormuth, director of the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience. In the episode, Neffenger describes the importance of building resilient systems, sharing wisdom from his experience as former Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and as the former…

NPLI Alumni in the News: Vice Admiral Scott A. Buschman

We’d like to offer congratulations to NPLI alumnus, Scott A. Buschman. He was recently promoted from Rear Admiral to Vice Admiral in the United States Coast Guard and assumed the position of Atlantic Area Commander. Previously, Buschman was the Deputy Commander of the Atlantic Area. As part of NPLI Executive Education Program Cohort XI, Buschman was highly engaged in our meta-leadership framework and its application to his military service. At…

The Challenges of Extreme Hurricanes

The extraordinary wallop from back-to-back hurricanes in 2017 tested the capacity and capability of the response system. There were many challenges as well as stories of resourcefulness, resilience, and courage from Texas to Puerto Rico. Recently, the Leadership Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health convened an all-star panel to discuss what we’ve learned about extreme hurricanes that should be carried forward for future planning and training.…

Jono Anzalone Named 2017 Meta-Leader of the Year

It was a year to remember for preparedness and response leaders: hurricanes, fires, floods, shootings, and more challenged leaders and their organizations again and again. This made it a challenge to select a 2017 Meta-Leader of the Year as National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) alumni were involved in many of these events. Each year, the Meta-Leader of the Year designation is conferred upon an outstanding leader whose breadth of thinking,…

Inaugural Master Symposium Held in DC

The National Preparedness Leadership Initiative held its first Master Symposium in Washington, DC in early November. The program, open to alumni of NPLI executive education programs, attracted approximately 50 participants for two days of discussion. Sessions included updates on the dimensions of meta-leadership (the person, the situation, and connectivity) as well as new curriculum modules on organizational transformation, developing emerging leaders and leading across the “arc of time.” NPLI faculty…

NPLI “Swarms” with Hoover Institution in DC

NPLI faculty and alumni gathered at The Hoover Institution in Washington, DC this week to discuss the latest meta-leadership research and practices. In a lively, 45-minute dialogue facilitated by NPLI Founding Co-director, Dr. Leonard Marcus, the group explored “swarm” behaviors in evidence when cooperation and collaboration are high as well as the opposite–suspicion-based behaviors that lead to discord and disunity. Dr. Marcus presented the five behavioral principles derived through the…