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Oakland Selected As 100 Resilient Cities Network Member
On Tuesday, December 3, the Rockefeller Foundation announced that Oakland has been selected to join the 100 Resilient Cities Network. The City of Oakland was one of nearly 400 cities across six continents to apply for the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, which was announced in May 2013. The announcement came at the Foundation’s third annual Innovation Forum titled, “Building Resilient Cities,” which was held in partnership with the Financial Times in New York City.
Through the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, cities from around the world were invited to apply for the new 100 Resilient Cities Network. Upon the recommendations of a panel of distinguished leaders from around the world, the first group of 33 cities were named to the network. Leaders made their recommendations based on how a city planned to approach and build greater resilience; how a city would incorporate a range of constituents (e.g., civil society, local businesses, and academia) in its resilience planning and implementation; and how the needs of the poor or vulnerable would be addressed.
As part of the 100 Resilient Cities Network, the City of Oakland will receive support to hire a Chief Resilience Officer, create a resilience strategy, and receive access to tools, technical support, and resources for implementing a comprehensive resilience plan. Initial partners for this platform of services—including Swiss Re, Palantir, the World Bank, the American Institute of Architects, and Architecture for Humanity— which united at the Clinton Global Initiative in September to commit to providing support in design thinking, planning, and alternate services.
The resources available through the 100 Resilient Cities Network will make it easier for us to secure significant additional funding for our bold vision for a better future.
Click here to read a handbook on the 100 Resilient Cities which includes an overview, Frequently Asked Questions and the Rockefeller Foundation's Resilience Point of View.
Each City Will Receive
- Membership in a new network. The 100 Resilient Cities Network will provide support to member cities, share new knowledge and resilience best practices and foster new connections andpartnerships.
- Support to hire or fund a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO). The creation of this innovative new role willhelp ensure resilience building and coordination is the specific responsibility of one person in a citygovernment. The CROs will also oversee the development of a resilience plan for the city and be part of a learning network of other CROs as representatives to the 100 Resilient Cities Network.
- Support to create a resilience plan that reflects each city’s distinct needs.
- An innovative platform to provide tools and resources for implementation of the plan focused on four areas: innovative finance, innovative technology, infrastructure and land use, and community and social resilience from partners such as Swiss Re, Palantir, the American Institute of Architects, Architecture for Humanity, and the World Bank.
What is resilience?
Resilience is the ability of a system, entity, community or person to withstand shocks while still maintaining its essential functions. Resilience also refers to the ability to recover quickly and effectively from catastrophe and the capability to endure greater stress. Therefore, building resilience is about making people, communities, and systems better prepared to withstand catastrophic events – both natural and manmade – and more able to bounce back quickly and stronger. Humans are not born with resilience – we learn it, adapt it, and improve upon it. The same is true for organizations, systems, and societies.
Building resilience is not the task of a single actor or a single sector, no matter how innovative or passionate. Rather, building resilience requires partners from every sector: governments who must create the right policies, plans and infrastructure investment; businesses who ensure the functioning of our economic systems; communities and civic institutions who must organize to be more flexible, responsive and robust; and organizations and individuals who have the core skills required to adapt and cope.
What is the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge?
In May 2013, on its Centennial, The Rockefeller Foundation announced a $100 million commitment to build urban resilience in cities around the world. Through 100 Resilient Cities,in the coming years 100 cities will join the new 100 Resilient Cities Network, including the first group of 33 that includes our city. Each city will receive financial and technical support to develop and implement city-wide plans for building resilience. This year, nearly 400 cities across six continents applied for the challenge, and were selected based on the recommendations of a panel of eight esteemed judges that included former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and former Nigerian President Obasanjo.