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Reflective practitioners: The importance of critical thought for change agents

Terry Gibson

Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; Vol 7, No 1 (2015), 6 pages. doi: 10.4102/jamba.v7i1.128

Submitted: 12 March 2014
Published:  27 February 2015


Investment of resources in international development continues to grow, but evidence suggests that progress is patchy and that parameters such as losses resulting from disasters of all scales continue to grow. It is suggested that critical thought and reflection, as an adjunct to action, is vital for both individuals and organisations concerned for social development. It is further argued that disruption is often required in order to dynamically pursue transformation of structures and institutions in order to secure progress towards sustainable livelihoods.

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Terry Gibson, Global Network for Disaster Reduction, London, United Kingdom


transformation, disaster risk reduction, disruption, social movements


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