President Obama: America’s Chief Resilience Officer?

Building resilience is not only about improving physical infrastructure – our buildings, roads, and public spaces. It’s also about making our communities more cohesive.

Cohesive communities are ones where neighbors check on neighbors. They are connected and self-reliant, pulling together in emergencies. They are also more integrated, resourceful, and equitable in good times too.

As the Central and Eastern United States was gripped by a significant heat wave, President Barack Obama used social media to encourage neighbors to pull together.

Last week, Andy Revkin of The New York Times wrote about the importance of community resilience, and how 100 Resilient Cities, and now President Obama, are promoting its practice.