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Resilience

Helping cities, organizations, and communities better prepare for, respond to, and transform from disruption.

We live in a world of increasing dynamism and volatility, where technology and greater interconnectedness have accelerated change and altered the way people live. Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities and systems to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of stress and shocks, and even transform when conditions require it. Building resilience is about making people, communities and systems better prepared to withstand catastrophic events—both natural and manmade—and able to bounce back more quickly and emerge stronger from these shocks and stresses.

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What can cities learn from New Orleans?

New Orleans was the first city in this century to so dramatically and visibly confront its challenges head on—and…

Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation
Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation

The thing people can learn from New Orleans is that partnerships work. Partnerships between the city and its citizens,…

Mitch Landrieu, Mayor, City of New Orleans
Mitch Landrieu, Mayor, City of New Orleans

The most compelling lesson for me on watching the experience of New Orleans is the importance of institutional…

Ashvin Dayal, Associate Vice President and Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
Ashvin Dayal, Associate Vice President and Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation

New Orleans illustrates better than anywhere how resilient a people and a place can be—no matter how dire things…

Nancy Kete, Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
Nancy Kete, Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation

We know that the future is uncertain in our changing delta, so being prepared for major shocks and aligning our…

Jeff Hebert, Chief Resilience Officer, City of New Orleans
Jeff Hebert, Chief Resilience Officer, City of New Orleans

In many ways, New Orleans is the birthplace of urban resilience. Swiss Re is excited to see this strategy implemented…

Alex Kaplan, Vice President, Global Partnerships, Swiss Re
Alex Kaplan, Vice President, Global Partnerships, Swiss Re

Cities are only as resilient as their residents. Microfinance Opportunities is proud to be part of New Orleans’…

Guy Stuart, Executive Director, Microfinance Opportunities Fellow, Ash Center, Harvard University
Guy Stuart, Executive Director, Microfinance Opportunities Fellow, Ash Center, Harvard University

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