What Resilience Means, and Why It Matters

This article by Andrea Ovans, the senior editor at Harvard Business Review is a must read.  Ms Ovans draws on a range of recent research which makes the slam dunk case for making resilience critical part of any business.     A small but intriguing new survey by a pair of British consultants confirms the importance…

Disaster Resilience: an emerging class issue?

One evening six years ago I went to meet a small group of locals in a north Brisbane suburb who were affected by an unusual storm. Many remember the event as The Gap storms and I think they are officially known as the Brisbane North storms. Residents of the area I visited had organised a…

10 natural disasters that shook the world in 2014

The year 2014 saw several natural disasters around the world, which renewed worries about global warming and related incidents threatening life on our planet. An Oxfam report in November also showed how Asia is highly vulnerable to increasingly severe and frequent weather extremes and woefully underprepared to manage growing crises. Here’s a look back at…

New cities study offer insight into resilience and competitiveness

A new report by WWF and Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Foundation says that integrating climate vulnerability, socio-economic sensitivity and adaptive capacity into urban planning can help cities become more resilient and businesses more competitive. The Phillippines may have bore the brunt of several extreme weather events such as typhoons and floods in recent…

Next Round of Resilient Cities!

The amazing and in our view a game changing initiative by the The Rockefeller Foundation has doubled its global network or resilient cities.  Yesterday’s announcement has shown again that the network of cities who understand that the future of their wellbeing is closely tied up the resilience capacity is as diverse and widespread as is the…

‘Yasi’ comes to Townsville: a “hypothetical”

ABC Big Ideas’ presenter and producer Paul Barclay shared this interesting initiative by Green Cross Australia.  The idea of a hypothetical scenario which is being discussed by a range of experts and professionals including the Queensland’s Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience David Crisafulli.  Global Resilience Collaborative would like to share this with…

Let’s talk about water. Serioulsy

The Dutch have been regarded as people who know a thing or two about water.  The third of nation is at the sea level.  The other two are below it.  So, when it comes to managing floods and making the entire country resilient we should all listen the Dutch experts like Henk Ovink.  Global Resilience…

How Typhoon Nuri is changing the weather forecast in North America

Everything is connected.  Everything can seem simple but in fact can be very complex.  The following article we gleaned on Mashable is really interesting.  Apart from interesting science it is also very good insight into the way businesses, communities and cities can start to think about resilience future. Typhoon Nuri, which was one of the…

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