Ask 100RC about The Challenge #2

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We’re now under two months from the close of the third round of the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. As the deadline to apply to become a member of our global network approaches, we want to make sure all your questions on the application process are answered.

Our second installment of “Ask 100RC” answers some of our most-asked questions from the past month. You can read the first “Ask 100RC”  here.

Question One

Can entrants coordinate Challenge applications regionally?

My city regularly works with neighboring cities to ensure our efforts are resulting in the highest possible impact on the local population. We want to apply together to show that we’re committed to this coordinated approach, determined to influence the greatest number of people across our region. Is this permitted?

Each city must apply separately to The Challenge. However, our team has seen collaboration on applications work well across the globe. We encourage you and your neighboring cities to tell us in your distinct applications how your collaboration has worked for you and how it might work for 100RC.

It is perfectly acceptable and welcome for the cities in your region to discuss and coordinate on these separate applications. For instance, in addition to listing your partner city or cities in Question 15 on the application (“Are there any adjoining cities that you would be interested in partnering with while developing your resilience strategy and, if so, which?”), consider writing a letter of support co-signed by the leaders of the other regional cities that details joint resilience activities. Know that we are always on the lookout for new, innovative models!


Question Two

Talk to us more about the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) selection process.

Every city manages its own CRO search based on its unique needs, regulations, and contexts. 100RC offers cities support and guidance to facilitate CRO selection. Since the CRO is a position within city government, each city must choose someone who will succeed in its specific context while also being an effective global ambassador.

Early on, the city and 100RC hold an agenda-setting workshop. This workshop provides member cities with valuable insights and perspectives about the role of the CRO, in addition to introducing the city to the 100RC program. After the session, cities will be equipped to begin thoughtfully defining the responsibilities and characteristics required to fulfill the critical position of Chief Resilience Officer. Given the complexity of appointing a senior official, our member cities work carefully with a 100RC team member to ensure that the opportunity for the CRO is maximized.

If you’re interested in learning more about “What It Takes to Be a Chief Resilience Officer,” read our recently published post on the topic here.


Question Three

So if we are selected, what do we sign? In other words, what are our obligations as a member of the 100 Resilient Cities Network?

Our legal agreement with cities is outlined in a Grant Agreement, the terms and conditions of which are determined in conjunction with the city government, after selection, and with respect to each city’s unique context and governmental structure. In short, each grant agreement is unique.

We are a flexible organization that works within a wide variety of structures and situations. If you are selected we will work with your city government to ensure that all obligations benefit the city’s present and future population.

But the Grant Agreement is just the legal framework. Our partnership is far more expansive and includes significant commitments to collaborate and co-create. At a minimum, each selected city commits to:

  1. Broad based stakeholder engagement;
  2. Ensuring the CRO has access to and support from the city’s Chief Executive;
  3. Developing a holistic and comprehensive resilience strategy, and;
  4. Active participation and contribution to a global network of urban reliance practitioners.

Have more questions? Send them to before October 23th with the subject line “Ask 100RC.” You’ll either see a response hit your inbox within the week or be able to view your query in the next edition of Ask 100RC.