When The Rockefeller Foundation created 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) in 2013, its aim wasn’t just to build resilience in one hundred cities around the world – it was to create a global practice of resilience that every city could engage in, for the benefit of their citizens in both good times and bad. But this ambitious goal posed a problem: How can a time- and resource-bound organization, charged with partnering with 100 cities, actually reach the 10,000 cities around the world who would benefit from a global urban resilience practice?
One of several answers to this question, and the subject of this report, is institutionalization. If, during the time they are working with 100RC, our one hundred member cities embed resilience thinking in to the decisions they make on a day-to-day basis about all matters big and small, the practice of resilience will effectively live and grow beyond 100RC’s funding commitment for the Chief Resilience Officer. Moreover, institutionalization will allow our 100 member cities to demonstrate what action looks like, and help spread resilience to their neighbors and networks, eventually touching the world.
As we approach the three-year anniversary of selecting the first round of cities, we reflect on progress toward this key goal: institutionalization and mainstreaming resilience in local government policies and practices.
This report offers a look at how three bold, cutting-edge member cities are leading the way in mainstreaming resilience into the everyday fabric of their cities, and the benefits they expect to reap from their efforts. This report is meant to both celebrate the work these cities are doing, and also to elevate their lessons learned for others that want to engage in the resilience building process.
President, 100 Resilient Cities
Explore another recent 100RC report: Catalyzing the Urban Resilience Market which details how the private sector and cities are innovating to create new solutions and services to address urban challenges.