Resilience One Pager Founder and Thad Allen


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.

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