Speaking of Resilience

The concept of resilience is gaining momentum. Google shows a 68% increase in search volume for the word since 2004, and devastating natural and manmade disasters around the world have demonstrated again and again the need for strong, flexible systems to help our cities prevent and bounce back from disasters.

So when registrations opened last week in the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, we weren’t surprised to see interest from global cities large and small — and their citizens. The challenge is a $100 million commitment from the Rockefeller Foundation to provide 100 cities around the world with technical support and resources for developing and implementing plans for urban resilience.

There’s a lively social media conversation happening on urban resilience. Hundreds of you shared the What is Resilience? infographic on Facebook and added comments on what your city needs to be more resilient. And hundreds of you joined the #ResilientCities conversation on Twitter. Tell us here what your city needs to improve in order to be resilient.

When Ashvin Dayal, Rockefeller’s Managing Director for Asia, announced in Bangkok that registrations had opened, he said: “We see a very urgent need for a serious effort on the part of governments, the private sector and civil society to invest in making cities of the future more resilient for everyone.”

The announcement drew attention from Kenya to the United States, and cities from around the world are registering to apply.

We invite municipal officials (or organizations with a city affiliation) to register here.


Photo: Sao Paolo from the air, by Chensiyuan