Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

19 Years of Action

National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET) has Completed 19 Glorious Years of Action. NSET was founded on June 18, 1993 with the main objective to help enhance Earthquake Safety of Nepali communities and also Communities in the region. Bringing “substantial change in the Application of technology to the many facets of Earthquake Disaster Management for saving the lives of the people” has remained the guiding Philosophy of NSET ever since its inception.

The 19th NSET Day has been celebrated in a bit different ways organizing a 3-day Retreat Program for all its staff members. NSET Board Members also graced the occasion. The motto of the event organized was to gain the 3R- Reflection, Renewal and Recharge.

All the staff members participated in the Residential Retreat program at River Side Spring Resort, Kurintar during 16-18 June, 2012 very enthusiastically. The Retreat was intended as an opportunity to refocus NSET’s strategy and priorities, as well as to gain wide insights into ways in which NSET can deliver program more efficiently and effectively. The Retreat Program was designed with the view to

• Build and enhance the spirit of Teamwork
• Strategic and Operational Planning
• Blue-sky Brainstorming (THINK OUT OF THE BOX)

The staff members attended a variety of learning sessions. As the NSET Scene Setter, Mr. Amod Dixit first shared on how NSET was conceptualized and how the move has been rolling on; i.e. What NSET? Who are we? What is our importance? and etc. First Brainstorming Sessions was on depicting personal aspirations of individual staffs: Who You, What You, What You after 5, 10, 15 Years? Second Brainstorming Session was specifically focused on how staffs individually as well as collectively want to see NSET now and in future times! Discussion carried on circumscribing on What NSET after 0, 5, 10, 15 years! Third brainstorm exercise was on SWOT Analysis of NSET. Participants worked in separate Groups and contributed much in portraying the clear picture of institution with in more futuristic approach in view of achieving the foreseen vision.

“The time has now come for us to take a total look at technology, threats, tactics and organization in order to restructure our institution and develop strategy for the future. This is in your hand and I want each one of you to be involved in the process”,

Mr. Amod Mani Dixit, Chief Executive Director of NSET to his staff in the NSET Retreat Program 2012.

NSET President Mr. Shiva B. Pradhanang and Board Member Shree Ram Singh Basnet in their brief notes encouraged all to engage more on strategic planning of the institution.

There was one special session on OQL- Officers like Quality facilitated by Senior Superintendant of Armed Police Force Mr. Durga Kunwar, Commandant of Disaster Management Training Center (DMTC) Kurintar under APF which is the only such entity in Nepal, and also perhaps in the region. Mr. Kunwar shared the set of 15 qualities an officer or a leader should possess.

Final session said as Searching the Future consolidated the ideas mainly on immediate actions to improve Department/Division, NSET’s Delivery and individual’s Aspirations; and Commitments.

Along with the sessions several team building exercises were organized on how the staff members can enhance the quality and performance of their delivery. Further to this as a part of the Team Building exercise NSET team very excitedly and enthusiastically participated in the Rappelling, Climbing and Rafting under kind coordination of DMTC/APF.

The retreat was thus beneficial for the strategic visioning of NSET for the next decade. It helped in charting out common approaches for strengthening and enhancing professional standing of NSET. The outcome of the retreat will serve as a base line for the soon-to-be-hired management consultant who will work with NSET and stakeholders over the next 12 months for revisiting NSET’s Mission, Vision, Strategy, and Policies.

“Personally I found the weekend to be very positive and highly beneficial. I definitely feel like I am part of the NSET family now! ………… I think some of the staff might benefit from mock debating sessions where everyone is trained in constructing strong arguments and presentation. The topic could be fun like “Dal Bhat is the best food in the world” for example. Teams of 10 could be made to construct arguments beforehand and teams of 4 to participate in the debates”

Mr.Jimmy Low, Earthquake Risk Mitigation Engineer, Australian Youth Ambassador for Development.

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