Resilience

‘Resilience-in-action’ is key to team success

By Kathleen Sutcliffe* The backwoods and business offices seem worlds apart. But a sport in which competing teams navigate wilderness courses using hiking boots, mountain bikes, and boats has provided a Johns Hopkins University researcher with a context for studying how organizations handle adversity. Whether in the wild or in a corporate tower, teams that practice “resilience-in-action“—not just bearing the […]

The Urban Resilience Strategy of Rotterdam

Source: 100 Resilient Cities. Rotterdam formally published its resilience strategy on the 16th of May 2016. The executive summary is very clear about the new concept of approaching city management and public governance and the ambitious goals for the near future. “We must come together in a holistic way to face our challenges and take actions that can enhance resilience […]

The Urban Resilience Strategy of Toyama

Source: 100 Resilient Cities. “Urban Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. Improving the individual systems that make up a city will increase the resilience of the city overall. Resilient systems withstand, respond to, and adapt […]

Resilience, from an adaptation strategy to an economic asset

By Oliver Wild, Veolia. Giving the tools to a city to help make it more resilient to extreme events… Veolia’s resilience approach consists of understanding the vulnerabilities in a particular territory and then mitigating them to more effectively – and more quickly – bolster its ecosystem and consequently develop a favourable social and economic context. Strongly linked to sustainable development, […]

Acceleration on Disaster Reduction Sendai Framework

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR), European Commission and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) seek to accelerate the implementation and monitoring of the Sendai Framework, in order to reduce the impact of natural disasters. The scope is that disaster resilient development needs to be imbedded into all public investment strategies by transforming the commitments, made by policy […]

Climate change: global reshuffle of wildlife will have huge impacts on humanity

Source: The Guardian. Mass migration of species to cooler climes has profound implications for society, pushing disease-carrying insects, crop pests and crucial pollinators into new areas, says international team of scientists. Global warming is reshuffling the ranges of animals and plants around the world with profound consequences for humanity, according to a major new analysis. Rising temperatures on land and sea […]

ISO 22316: Security and Resilience

The new ISO 22316 standard about organizational resilience will be published ultimo at the beginning of 2017. It has been developed by the ISO/TC 292 – Security and resilience – committee of the International Organization for Standardization in Geneva. Organizational resilience is the ability of an organization to respond and adapt to change. Resilience enables organizations to anticipate and respond to threats and opportunities, arising […]

Flooding after Storm Desmond

Source: Zurich The storms that battered the north of England and parts of Scotland at the end of 2015 and early 2016 caused significant damage and disruption to families and businesses across tight knit rural communities and larger towns and cities. This came just two years after Storm Xaver inflicted significant damage to the east coast of England. Flooding is […]