Building Network Connections

Today is when our community of resilience practitioners will get down to work.

Yesterday was an inspirational look at how far we’ve come and the limitless possibilities of the future but I’ve always said this work doesn’t happen through lectures and keynotes.  The power of our network is at its most compelling when our Chief Resilience Officers and partners roll up their sleeves and work together to advance innovation and co-create solutions.

In many ways, the structure of today’s Summit sessions mirrors the philosophy 100RC was built on in its mix of learning and action.  This morning is about building a global urban resilience community based on personal relationships, peer to peer learning and candidly their experience leading this work in cities.  For CROs, the network is a trusted peer venue of confidence and information sharing where they can be honest about successes and challenges and a force for collective resilience advocacy, leadership, and mobilization.  The time they spend together today will create lasting bonds based on face to face interaction to reinforce the critical peer support they draw from the network.

The Platform Partners will also convene, serving to catalyze the market for urban resilience solutions to build on the foundation of personal and professional relationships by cementing partnerships and modeling new city solutions.  Strategy Partners will share best practice and work through new tools that will be invaluable to cities looking to spark long term systems change. In a field as new as urban resilience, it is essential to build on a foundation of personal and professional relationships and by gathering the resilience community together we can accelerate the pace of change and rate of response we are hoping to see in our cities.

When we reunite the CROs, Platform and Strategy partners in the afternoon, we will be encourage the urban resilience community to ideate and innovate concrete solutions to resolve real problems for the most vulnerable residents of their cities.  The Peer & Partner track features 12 separate sessions designed to respond to aggregated demand from cities, model the power of the network of networks, advance resilience thinking on specific city challenges, and create new collaborations between cities and partners.  At the same time, we will run a session on Tactical Urban Resilience and a Resilience Garage that will lead CROs to take initiatives from their strategies from paper to project implementation through intense workshopping and input from subject matter experts from around the world.

The true power of the urban resilience movement lies in collective problem solving to advance innovation and create solutions.  To this end, the Urban Resilience Summit 2017 is the largest ever convening of resilience practitioners and it has been designed to enable the kind of collaboration that fuels our network.  This is a unique moment for us to demonstrate the power of the urban resilience community at work.