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New risk rating will deliver crop varieties with more reliable yields

By Sarah Henly — Some varieties perform better than others when things don’t go according to plan and this resilience will be a key feature of strong varieties in the future, aided by a new risk …

The Profound Emptiness of ‘Resilience’

From the New York Times Magazine — First Words by Parul Sehgal – There are many versions of the bird’s death, but in each, it rises the same way — out of its own ashes and into …

From the Makers of Catastrophe Bonds, a New ‘Resilience Bond’

From the Wall Street Journal – Some of the people who brought you “catastrophe bonds” now want to bring you “resilience bonds.”  Read More

Some communities are destroyed by tragedy and disaster. Others spring back. Here’s what makes the difference.

From the Washington Post – How do people survive and move on from tragedies like last week’s terrorist attacks at home and abroad? When does a tragedy — whether human-made or natural disaster or a combination of …

Organizational Resilience Remains Elusive – Especially In Europe

Forbes/Leadership — by Dina Medland, Contributor – Organizational resilience can be defined as ‘staying power’ – the ability to maintain long-term growth by showing strategic adaptability, innovation, and an ability to weather the unexpected storms. But a …

Beyond the Draft: Rethinking National Service

Four reasons the defense community ought to support universal access to national service. — Defense One — Read More

Cyber Resilience–A Governance Challenge

Forbes/Leadership — by Christopher P. Skroupa, Contributor.  Christianna (“Christy”) Wood has over 30 years of experience managing institutional capital on a global basis in traditional and alternative asset classes… Read More

Encouraging Resilience

from the Leader Maker, a blog about Senior Executive Leadership By Douglas Satterfield  Read More

Opportunity Index 2015 — Summary of findings for states & counties

The Opportunity Index is an annual composite measure at the state and county levels of 16 economic, educational and civic factors that expand or restrict upward mobility.  The Index was jointly developed by Opportunity Nation and …

Vulnerability, Resilience, and Post-Disaster Reconstruction International Debates

A Blog by oeuvre-durable — The Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Reconstruction Research Alliance.  Read More The Canadian Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Reconstruction Research Alliance (Œuvre Durable for its acronym in French) and i-Rec (Information and Research …

Resilience in Practice

A resiliency guide by  Andrew Walker of the LGiU a UK think-tank and local authority membership organization… Read More

A plan for Norfolk to survive

From the Virginian-Pilot AMERICANS FIX things. We deal with disasters – natural and human-made – by throwing people and equipment and expertise and money at a problem until sheer will rebuilds…Read More

Resilience and performance: the missing link

Robin Gaddum believes that the real opportunity for resilience is to bridge the gap between risk management and performance improvement. In this article Robin explains why this is the case…Read More

Storm-Prone Caribbean Shores Up Resilience

Caribbean climatologists and meteorologists say the increasing pace of climate change will continue to have a negative impact on the people, the environment and economies of the Eastern Caribbean islands…Read More

Why Small and Simple is Key to Flood Resilience

From CITI IO – How should cities respond to the threat of flooding? I think sometimes small, simple interventions can be the most effective…Read More

Eyes on the City: Neighborhood Organizations Building Resilience

The Municipal Art Society of New York – In our advocacy work over the three years since Superstorm Sandy, MAS has seen time and again that community resilience often depends on more than just official municipal resource …

A Nice Framework

AECOM’s six-step process to help businesses develop and increase resilience to climate-related hazards and review performance against business objectives and sustainability…Read More

Lessons from the Storm Climate Displacement Three Years After Hurricane Sandy

Just weeks ago, the New York City metropolitan region faced the threat of a severe hurricane nearly three years to the date after Hurricane Sandy devastated areas of New York and New Jersey…Read More

VERGE City Summit: 8 secrets to public-private partnerships

By Mike Hower When it comes to promoting resilience in communities nationwide, cities and businesses are coming together to innovate, scale solutions and get things done…Read More

Resilience Rating System – The New LEED?

By Trent Nagele, PE, SE   Today, resilience is a frequent topic of conversation in the northwest and has become almost synonymous with earthquake preparedness… Read More

Corruption in an Era of Climate Change: An Ever-Closing Circle?

Juliet Sorensen, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern Law – A decade ago, as New Orleans commenced its long, slow recovery from Hurricane Katrina, pundits warned against sweetheart deals and no-bid contracts to rebuild the city obtained with …

Disaster Resilience in Australia

A presentation by: Chris Collett Assistant Secretary Emergency Management Policy Branch Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department Read More

Reliability a powerful necessity

By Lewis Milford, Commentary “This seems like a death trap,” Palma Wilson said. “I’m on the ninth floor.” Palma was one of hundreds of Albany-area seniors who were stranded in their apartments last month when the …

Resilient Facilities: Strong And Sustainable

By Mike Hower Climate has long been integrated into building codes, standards, and practices, based on the assumption that the future would be similar to the past. But the climate, it is a changin’—Bob Dylan might …

First Aid for Business: In the midst of a crisis?

Resilient Organizations, a team of researchers from around New Zealand, particularly the University of Canterbury and the University of Auckland have put together another great guide.  No matter what your level of preparation, this booklet will provide …

New World Energy Council Report Calls For New Approach To Managing Extreme Weather Events

Resilient energy needs smarter not just stronger solutions. LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–New approaches are required for the management and financing of energy infrastructures as companies and governments seek to meet the challenges of increased extreme weather risks. New …

Engineering for disaster

New NCAR collaboration strives to bolster weather, climate resilience. A new NCAR-facilitated group aims to develop the know-how and tools for building resilient systems that can recover smoothly when catastrophic weather and climate events strike…Read More

Professor’s book examines Cherokee resilience amid migration and resettlement

A new book by a Virginia Commonwealth University history professor reveals how the Cherokee — one of the largest Native American tribes — dispersed around the globe…Read More

Gartner says organisations must invest in three risk principles

At the 2015 Gartner Symposium, which is currently being held at CTICC in Cape Town South Africa, Gartner stated that organisations – in Africa as well as globally – must invest in three risk disciplines to …

Profile in Resilience: Community Action Agencies in the Midst of Budget Stalemates by Rick Cohen

To rely on the mainstream press coverage of the anti-poverty sector of nonprofits, one might reasonably think that there is none, that the War on Poverty and the community action agencies spawned half a century ago …

Lloyd’s City Risk Index 2015-2025

Lloyd’s City Risk Index 2015-2025 analyses, for the first time, the potential impact on the economic output (GDP@Risk) of 301 of the world’s major cities from 18 manmade and natural threats…Read More

Why true resilience calls for truly conscious leadership

In a blog by Neela Bettridge – In his recently published book, The Big Pivot, Andrew Winston, a sustainability advisor to Kimberly-Clark, Hewlett-Packard, and Unilever, examines what he considers to be the three mega-challenges that every …

Natural Disasters — Saving Lives Today, Building Resilience for Tomorrow

A report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  Every year disasters resulting from earthquakes, volcanoes, storms, floods, heatwaves, droughts and other extreme natural events leave a trail of deaths, destroyed homes, shattered communities and far-reaching damage …

A crisis in student loans?

Brookings Papers on Economic Activity | Fall 2015 Conference – Abstract This paper examines the rise in student loan delinquency and default drawing on a unique set of administrative data on federal student borrowing, matched to …

What the Caribbean Needs for Good Governance

It has been a stormy season for the Caribbean, one that has no signs of letting go. Despite all the radars and readiness, we are often still caught by surprise and devastation…Read More

How to Measure a College’s Value

WE know all too well which colleges are the hardest to get into. The news media swoons over and trumpets this information, which is advertised as well by the most selective schools themselves…Read More

Will new name help city win competition?

Editorial: Will new name help city win competition?  Throw $1 billion on the table and people will do just about anything to get their hands on it. That includes giving a city department a name like …

Strong small towns built on resilience, not growth

On the side of the Ham­mond Com­mu­nity Li­brary is a mu­ral that in­cludes a paint­ing of the town’s an­nual Run­ning with the Lla­mas above the phrase “Em­brac­ing Our Unique­ness…Read More

The Benefits and Value of Crisis Simulations

A cyberattack. A product safety recall. A corporate scandal. Company executives know a crisis is bound to occur. They just can’t predict what form it may take…Read More

Marking 10 Years Since Katrina, Consumer Agency Calls for Stiffer Building Codes

A Florida-based consumer advocacy group has outlined six recommendations to strengthen U.S. system of building code development, adoption and enforcement…Read More

What resilience means for communities like New Orleans

Carlos Martín Senior research associate The losses of life and livelihood due to Hurricane Katrina were…Read More

Hope or Habit: Success Rituals

by Sven Hansen Last month I had the privilege of sharing stories with a number of world class leaders. One of them is an icon of the deal. He tells the story of a career of finding …

Resilience in College Students

THE PENN RESILIENCE PROGRAM FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS Investigators and Directors: Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., Karen Reivich, Ph.D., and Peter Schulman From 1990 to 2007, we conducted longitudinal, controlled studies to determine the effectiveness of a school-based cognitive-behavioral …

Seattle’s Old Buildings Unfit to Withstand Earthquake. Now What?

s cities across the U.S. concentrate on a future of resilience, Seattle is trying to figure out how it will handle the retrofitting of many of its brick structures that, if an earthquake hit, would crumble …

New Orleans 10 years After Katrina: A Testament to Resilience

Katrina is still a presence here. The one watermark that cannot be scrubbed away… Read More

Building leaders for change when change is the new normal

Business is becoming ever more complex and moving at greater speed, yet not many leaders feel that their organisations are adjusting or preparing quickly enough to handle the next level of change and complexity… Read More

What Is Community Resilience?

Fire, flood, famine, nuclear disaster — we’ve been through them all and more, and yet we so quickly forget. All but a few Americans, depending on which survey you read, remain stubbornly unprepared for the next …

Why You Don’t Really Care About the Next ‘Big One’

Terrible natural disasters will come someday, but most people have a hard time worrying about stuff that isn’t imminent… Read More

Have Fossil Fuels Diminished the World’s Sustainability and Resilience?

The recent Papal Encyclical on the environment’s endorsement of “changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat…warming,” and drastic reductions in carbon dioxide and other emissions is based on the notion that “it is …


We all have days when we experience some discomfort, fatigue, even darkness. At such moments, it may help to remember that history has shown that the most successful lives were filled with many moments of darkness. …