Linking 100 Cities


Rockefeller President Judith Rodin visited MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today to discuss the potential for the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge.

She was joined by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and the three discussed the need for a roadmap for cities around the world to prepare for the disasters they’re certain to face.

The 100 Resilient Cities Challenge “is to take a hundred cities globally, and link them around the world, not only so they can share best practices, but so they can receive a suite of services that will be provided by the Rockefeller Foundation,” Rodin said.

In order to become more resilient, she said, cities must have better access to innovative financing, make better use of big data, and improve land and infrastructure planning, among many other things.

Landrieu said New Orleans has become a laboratory for resilience innovation after Hurricane Katrina and other disasters.

“We weren’t ready, and we weren’t resilient” he said. “Resilience is number one being strong, but it’s also being prepared to bounce back no matter what comes your way. That’s really the whole ballgame.”

Want to see your city join in the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge? Invite a municipal leader or major institution to register here.

Jay Geneske is the Digital Media Director at the Rockefeller Foundation.


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