Avian Influenza: Business Continuity - The Human factor

London, UK - 18 November 2007, 08:56 GMT

Dear ATCA Colleagues

[Please note that the views presented by individual contributors are not necessarily representative of the views of ATCA, which is neutral. ATCA conducts collective Socratic dialogue on global opportunities and threats.]

We are grateful to:

. Dr Royston Flude from Fribourg, Switzerland, and Dr Pete Moore from Bristol, UK, for their submission to ATCA, "Avian Influenza: Business Continuity - The Human factor."

Dear DK and Colleagues

Re: Avian Influenza - Business Continuity - The Human factor

Bird Flu is back in the headlines. The recent outbreak in the UK was noted on 12 November 2007 as the H5N1 virus killed some birds on a free range poultry farm in Suffolk. Its 5,000 turkeys, 1000 ducks and 500 geese were immediately slaughtered, and then birds on four premises serviced by some of the same staff were slaughtered two days later. Authorities have set up a 3km protection zone, a 10km surveillance zone and Restricted zone that covers most of Norfolk and Suffolk.

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A Community Services Corps also would provide a highly effective method for tackling many of the general problems of social malaise that we now see in our inner cities.

With warm regards

Royston Flude and Pete Moore

Eur Ing Dr Royston Flude received his first degree in Physics from the University of Manchester and has more than 25 years experience in a broad range of technologies and social economics with particular expertise at identifying commercially viable IPs. He has held senior positions with Shell Chemicals, Reed International, Lafarge Coppeé, Philips, and Manpower, among others. He has directed projects in Germany, the Netherlands, France, and the USA, as well as the UK. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at Manchester Business School. More recently, he has contributed to a new approach to Corporate Governance & Social Responsibility and sits on the Steering group of the UNECE, Geneva and is actively involved in the activities of the United Nations. Residing now in Switzerland, he has extensive contact networks within the international financial sector and has developed senior level links with governments in the USA, the European Union and the Pacific Rim including the computer hardware sectors of China and Taiwan. He is a specialist in understanding the dynamics of purchasing through multi-media, including the Internet, and in the development of specialized customer service interventions that prompt repeat purchases. He is also a researcher focused on the development of nanotechnology solutions for major world challenges.

Dr Pete Moore is author of more than a dozen books that reflect on the way that science and technology has had an impact on humanity, including books that look specifically at the historic impact of diseases on society. Over the last 15 years he has contributed to national and international publications, including 'Nature' and the 'Journal of Biology'. He is developing a line in public speaking and has appeared on radio and television and has won 6 national awards for his work. Pete is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has worked as a rapporteur at private meetings in the House of Lords, and at St George's House, Windsor Castle. He is a visiting lecturer in ethics at Trinity College Bristol, and a Course Tutor on the Science Communication MSc course at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He was Chairman of the Medical Journalists' Association from 2002-2005.


We look forward to your further thoughts, observations and views. Thank you.

Best wishes

For and on behalf of DK Matai, Chairman, Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance (ATCA)

ATCA: The Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance is a philanthropic expert initiative founded in 2001 to resolve complex global challenges through collective Socratic dialogue and joint executive action to build a wisdom based global economy. Adhering to the doctrine of non-violence, ATCA addresses asymmetric threats and social opportunities arising from climate chaos and the environment; radical poverty and microfinance; geo-politics and energy; organised crime & extremism; advanced technologies -- bio, info, nano, robo & AI; demographic skews and resource shortages; pandemics; financial systems and systemic risk; as well as transhumanism and ethics. Present membership of ATCA is by invitation only and has over 5,000 distinguished members from over 120 countries: including 1,000 Parliamentarians; 1,500 Chairmen and CEOs of corporations; 1,000 Heads of NGOs; 750 Directors at Academic Centres of Excellence; 500 Inventors and Original thinkers; as well as 250 Editors-in-Chief of major media.

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