A major global urban economic and community development initiative is the 100 Resilient Cities initiative to help cities weather shocks related to climate change, rapid urbanization, and globalization.
The Rockefeller Foundation launched the 100 Resilient Cities program. The program aims to aid cities as they establish a Chief Resilience Officer, development a resilience strategy, identify and access partners, and facilitate information sharing with a global network of member cities.
However, the future of 100 Resilient Cities is in question with the Foundation pulling funding and possibly reapplying funding in the near future.
Nevertheless, it is worth reviewing Toronto’s Resilience Strategy.
Toronto’s Resilience Strategy
Toronto’s Resilience Strategy outlines several action areas including equity, climate and environment, civic engagement, community and neighborhoods, housing, and mobility.
Achieving resilience is the result of several actions in these areas.
The report drills down on each priority area to offer data and resilience strategies.
Equity is defined as healing and reintegration after intergenerational traumas. Equity looks at income segregation throughout the City. In the climate and environment section, the report looks at the impact of climate change.
Actions are specific such as assisting landlords with preparing their property for economic or environmental shocks or centralizing resources towards a city-wide flood planning and prioritization tool.
Resilience is part of a movement to expand the capability and capacity of local Governments as we are seeing Cities add Chief Innovation Officers, Chief Data Officers, to name a few new departments.