Threats and stresses to our 21st century world come in all shapes and sizes, just as they have since the beginning of human existence. But what distinguishes today’s threats from those of the past is the escalating rate at which they are occurring, without mind for geography or man-made borders. Issues once identified and analyzed individually – our environment, the economy, and social challenges – are now inextricably interlinked.
Despite all we know about resilience and the large body of research and literature that has been written on the subject – too few societies, organizations, and systems get resilience right.
In our new publication, titled Rebound: Building a More Resilient World, we asked leaders from various disciplines to share their lessons of what resilience means and what it requires of us. Through the lens of their own experiences, we can begin to explore some of the ways we can help prepare for, withstand and emerge stronger from the acute shocks and chronic stresses of the 21st century.
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Climate Change ResilienceWith more intense and frequent storms, and poor sewerage and drainage systems, the poor are most at risk to diseases caused by stagnating water, like dysentery and malaria.
Climate Change ResilienceIn recent years, rising sea levels have caused social and financial hardships for the residents of Can Tho. Now they're developing new approaches to the problem.
Climate Change ResilienceAs glaciers melt, local people in one community are coming up with innovative ways to find drinking water—fog catching.
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