Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsI remember how it felt when I got the keys and stood in the doorway, smelling the fresh paint. It wasn't much but it was home. Our first home. I was so happy! Francisco works as an IT programmer for a major oil company's South American headquarters. He's always been a loyal supporter of the president and his socialist government, and its vision for a fairer country. And they'd delivered on their promises to improve the lives of the working classes by redistributing land and wealth and nationalising utilities. He benefited from a rent-free social housing program, and even being promoted at work. Soon, he and wife Maria would become parents for the first time. Life was good for a while. Then, everything changed.

Skip to 1 minute and 14 secondsI only found out I'd lost my job when I turned up for work and the gates were locked. My firm said they were pulling out of the country because of the recession. Many other companies abandoned us. Our country was being crippled by economic sanctions, and I struggled to find work. We lived hand-to-mouth - everything was expensive. Then... we lost the baby. We called her Carla. She was premature... The hospital had so few medical supplies. My poor poor bebe.

Skip to 2 minutes and 11 secondsTEXT MESSAGES: FRANCISCO: The West has divided our great country. We should not be fighting amongst ourselves!

Skip to 2 minutes and 21 secondsCARLOS: Thousands of people have fled my city. I hear gunshots most nights. I'm frightened.

Skip to 2 minutes and 35 secondsDANIELA: The West has turned its back on us and taken our wealth. They are no friends of ours.

Skip to 2 minutes and 43 secondsPABLO: It seems the world has turned against us. I will not stand by and idly watch! Our enemies will suffer too.

Skip to 2 minutes and 51 secondsANDERSON: We'll do what our government cannot do.

Skip to 2 minutes and 53 secondsFRANCISCO: I've lost my job. I've lost my baby. I want revenge.

High ordeals, poor outcomes

Watch Francisco’s story, in which we see disillusionment in societal decisions, not made by him but which affect him.

We see a society that despite being built on utopian ideals results in a dystopian result.

Poorly-made decisions that lead to great hardship create enormous dissatisfaction and result in anger that can be expressed disruptively and further destabilise societies.

From this, we can see how our three main subjects of resilience, security and emerging technologies combine.

By building societies that are not resilient, independent of outlook, we run the risk of creating immense disruption to members of society if potentially foreseeable disruptions occur.

This suffering can lead to anger and further disruption, resulting in requirements for further security to protect against the dissatisfied who have been created by the lack of resilience in their lives.

This progression is combined with the continual march of technology that can both massively improve resilience in society but also to increase the risk to individuals. This may be seen in terms of factors such as changes to employment, personal safety and personal wealth.

Your task

Do you think that the unfortunate results in this case are the result of unrealistic utopian ideologies or poor governance to achieve these? Why?

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Foundations in Resilience, Security and Emerging Technology

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