Watch Adrienne Arsht, founder of the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience and Executive Vice Chair of the Atlantic Council, talk to Axios about why resilience matters.

Building More Resilient Communities: Responding to Irregular Migration Flows
This report examines how communities—cities and regions—and entire societies can better prepare for irregular migration through strategies rooted in resilience—meaning the ability to meet disruption, restore stability, and emerge stronger.

A Time of Uncertainty

We are living in a time of uncertainty, one that offers both great possibility of a better world and great risk of a worse one. Resilience—the capacity of a system and a community to bounce back stronger after a major shock—is an antidote to the turbulent times we live in. With both positive and negative forces advancing at warp speed, societies, states, and the international system must find new ways to become more adept at responding, rebuilding, and surpassing crisis and disruption. The real challenge is to strengthen our ability to respond to future shocks—both natural and man-made.

How We Impact

Given the multi-dimensional nature of resilience, the Center will use an array of mechanisms to address challenges and impact multiple stakeholders. The Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience will grow its audience and reach through both traditional and new mediums, including:

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Convening: The Center will host conferences, roundtables, and discussions to promote a “resilience network,” so that experts and practitioners have the opportunity to learn from one another about building resilience. Participants will include national and international policymakers and elected officials, local community leaders, city officials, businesses, non-profits, and other non-state actors.

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Original Research: The Center will publish research looking at the qualities, policies, and actions that were critical—or harmful—to communities when responding and recovering from severe shock. By mining the past for lessons learned, and looking to the future for application of best practices, research will serve as the intellectual cornerstone of the Center’s work.

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Storytelling: The plethora of stories about resilience—from communities recovering from natural disasters to individuals overcoming personal hurdles—are a vital resource for harvesting lessons and tools for others. The Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience will reach broad audiences by telling these stories with high-impact—through social media, video, art, culture, and convening special gatherings around the world.

Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience
Task Force

Read the communique from our Task Force – a high level group of policymakers, experts, and local leaders who advise on the strategic focus of the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience. In their inaugural meeting, Task Force members noted that resilience is “a policy strategy to manage shocks, recover from the worst effects, and gain in the process” and urged governments, businesses, and civil society to integrate resilience into all their decision-making as a critical component of effective policymaking.  

Facebook Live: How can resilience help in the face of crises like fame in parts of Africa?’ with Nancy Lindborg, president of United States Institute of Peace (April 10, 2017) 

'Resilience in International Policy' with Peter Engelke (March 31, 2017)
'Resilience as a national priority' with Alice Hill, former senior director for resilience policy at the White House (March 22, 2017)
'The show must go on: resilience in the arts' with Robert Pullen, Emmy-nominated producer (March 16, 2017)
'What is resilience: the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience' with Brian Kamoie, senior adviser for national preparedness at FEMA (February 28, 2017)