Learning from crisis — Why cities must foster resilient recovery

As a key partner in our Resilient Leadership initiative, Lauren Sorkin, Acting Executive Director, Global Resilient Cities Network writes on how resilience leadership in cities is critical.

Covid-19 is the challenge of our generation — and how we respond and recover will either lay the foundation for a more equitable, cohesive, and climate-responsive future or it will reinforce old systems that leave poorer, more vulnerable people behind and in harm’s way.

Either way, cities will be on the front line.

Cities have registered 95% of Covid-19 cases, and the economic crisis brought about by response measures — like social distancing and lockdowns, intensify vulnerabilities that existed in urban communities, including access to food, to livelihoods, and to affordable healthcare.

That’s why resilience leadership in cities is critical.

Across the world, Mayors, City Commissioners, and their Teams are busily responding to impacts on their citizens while also dedicating themselves to thinking about the day after. In fact, within the Global Resilient Cities Network, 88% of member cities are already working to embed resilience into their recovery efforts ( https://bit.ly/3bp5CMQ). However, city leaders can neither manage this pandemic nor foster a resilient recovery on their own.

Our Cities’ Leaders, CROs, and partners of the Global Resilient Cities Network have built up trust over six years of working together. And in the months since we first started facilitating conversations about coronavirus response ( https://bit.ly/3dUXrdA) they have continued to articulate demands for sharing experiences broadly. We committed to sharing knowledge on how to build a resilient future with our Cities on the Frontline campaign.

As a part of this effort, The Global Resilient Cities Network joined forces with The Resilience Shift, and Conversations that Count’s Peter Willis, to shine the light on Resilient Leadership through a new innovative real-time format. We believe that our CRO’s experience across regions and the diversity of challenges and opportunities they face provide useful lessons for all.

12 senior leaders are interviewed weekly for 16 weeks to capture their reflections on the challenges they are facing day to day. Seven of the participants are in large, globally significant corporations, five are the Chief Resilience Officers of a major city in Europe, Africa, India, Brazil, and the United States of America. See who is involved.

Summaries of these weekly interviews and a podcast series, are now available from The Resilient Leadership project, part of a series of research ventures by The Resilience Shift entitled ‘ Learning from Crisis’.

Follow the project’s progress at this link. We also invite you to share your own perspectives on learning from the current crisis with our team. We are delighted that those participating in this initiative are contributing to the future resilience and capability of senior decision-makers around the world.

This is resilience leadership in action.

We will not have another opportunity like this again. The next generation is counting on us so let us keep sharing and working together to build a resilient future

This article was first published by the Global Resilient Cities Network.

With thanks to Lauren Sorkin, Jordi Veytia, and Luis Bonilla Ortiz Arrieta

Originally published at https://www.resilienceshift.org on June 2, 2020.

Subscribe to The Resilience Shift in order to stay up to date on news about critical infrastructure resilience and securing a safer world through resilient infrastructure.






Resilient infrastructure for a safer world Join our global community to accelerate an urgent shift towards better, more resilient infrastructure.

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

Think tanks, change, and bright spots

The One Question to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

The One Definition to Elevate Your “Strategy” For Success

If You Are Wondering Your Job as a Leader: Do These 4 Things

How I Changed my Team’s Habits and Raised Their Ranking from Bottom to Top — Case Study

“Stand back and stand by” — Yeah, you’ve met this racist guy before and you know what to do

Leadership Skills Everyone Needs in Times of Change

Delegation — tips and tricks to get the most from your team

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Resilience Shift

Resilience Shift

Resilient infrastructure for a safer world Join our global community to accelerate an urgent shift towards better, more resilient infrastructure.

More from Medium

Growing Team Starter Pack: For New Leaders

Third Sector: While facing the pressures of today, are we still developing the leaders we need for…

Why Transparent Communication is a Must for Leaders

Who is a True Blue Leader? The Multifarious Roles of Leadership