Global Resilience Challenge (Update)

As many of you already know well the Rockefeller Foundation is the lead agency behind the Global Resilience Partnership and their initiative called the Global Resilience Challenge. In their own words, “essential feature of the Resilience Partnership is a multi-phase resilience design challenge, focused on bringing together people and organizations from across sectors to collaborate on bold and innovative solutions to the toughest resilience challenges in the three focus regions: the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, and South and Southeast Asia. Multi-sectoral teams will collectively research and diagnose problems, and develop locally driven, high-impact solutions that can build resilience at scale”.

Our own collaborative (GRC) submitted a proposal which focused on developing and implementing a resilience program which was tailored to community resilience and the specific role of local culture. Partially the program was inspired by our collective experience and knowledge in building resilience in the Australian Aboriginal communities. Suffice to say, the competition was global and more than 500 proposal were in the competition. In the end only 17 were won the opportunity to go to the next phase. In the mix of 17 winners there is also one team from Australia; University of Sydney. While we at Global Resilience Collaborative believe Australia has the expertise to offer more than what is currently being offered we are certainly excited to know that a team from Australia is engaged globally. No doubt, University of Sydney team will do an excellent job with their project called “Disability and Disasters: Empowering People and Building Resilience to Risk”.

We at the Global Resilience Collaborative are very pleased to see that the challenge was very much focused on collaboration.  Collaboration is the key to solving one of the biggest challenges facing societies globally.  This is especially the case when we realise that disruptions to economic and social wellbeing caused by natural disasters are not local issues any more. Global village means collaborative village.

For more details on the challenge and the current teams see the Global Resilience Partnership website.


Judith Rodin’s warning for the world: ‘Crisis is becoming the new normal’

Perhaps the most prominent advocate of resilience in the world Dr Judith Rodin, the CEO of Rockefeller Foundation recently penned the highly acclaimed The Resilience Dividend book focusing on ‘”managing disruption, avoiding disasters and growing stronger in an unpredictable world”.  The book and the effort are worth sharing with the broader audience.  Global Resilience Collaborative strongly urges our readers and colleagues to learn more.  For now we are happy to share the bellow article recently published by The Guardian.


Judith Rodin explains the resilience dividend.

Judith Rodin explains the resilience dividend.

Judith Rodin’s new book, The Resilience Dividend, begins with her surveying the destruction wrought by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. “There were the low-lying neighbourhoods of Staten Island exposed to sea rise, flooding and storm surge, where people had died in the storm. I saw damaged dunes and other soft, natural infrastructure that had been washed away, leaving neighbourhoods completely unprotected … I saw homes destroyed, neighbourhoods disrupted, people’s lives destroyed.”…READ ON

7 Habits Of Highly Resilient People

personal resilienceWe found this article by Harvey Deutschendorf (internationally published author of THE OTHER KIND OF SMART) on FAST COMPANY website.  It is worth sharing and taking into account when any resilience strategy is being formulated because ultimately in most cases it boils down to individuals.

Success is seldom a straight road; it almost always involves many detours and dead ends. It takes tenacity and determination to keep going, but those that do will eventually reach their destination. Most of us have heard before that Thomas Edison failed more than 1,000 times but continued on despite being ridiculed by the media and those around him. And plenty more people refuse to quit long after most would have given up. What is it about these people that makes them different? There are a number of attributes that consistently stand out amongst those who tenaciously follow their own path in life. Here are seven things highly resilient things have in common:..READ ON