Inventing Futures

Dr. Terry Gibson

I am a practitioner, researcher and writer focusing on local level development, the role of Civil Society and the thematic area of Disaster Reduction .

Some recent headlines from my work include the book ‘Making Aid Agencies Work‘; The report  ‘Turning the World Upside down‘  based on  consultation between members of local CSOs responding to the short and longer-term challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic; a resource microsite ‘Dealing With Disasters‘ directed at national Civil Society Platforms;  a resource guide on Coherence – ‘The Coherence Cookbook‘,  and a special edition of the Journal of Disaster Prevention and management  ‘Disaster prevention – Doing it differently by rethinking the nature of knowledge and learning’

You can find out more about these and other projects in ‘ideas and stuff.’

You can listen to a discussion about my book ‘Making Aid Agencies Work’ which I had with two colleagues working at local NGOs, here.  and find out more about the book here.

My earlier work was in  film-making, during which I covered a million miles on shoots in the Global South. I then combined doctoral research at Manchester University with a full time role as Operations Director at GNDR to move out from behind the camera, make some sense of what I’d seen and engage in practical implemention. The Frontline programme at GNDR consulted over 100,000 people in villages, towns and cities round the world.