Beyond Smart Cities: Integrated Resiliency, Climate Change Adaptation and the Role of the Private Sector
Tuesday June 11th, 9:00am - 12:00pm PT, Streamed Panel Discussion 9:30 am - 11:30 am PT/ 12:30pm - 2:30pm ET
Resilience is the ability of a human-made or natural system to respond and recover to shock or stress without any lasting negative disruption. Integrated Resiliency encompasses the ability to mitigate and adapt while continuing to function and evolve as an interconnected system. In a resource-constrained world increasingly at risk of negative impacts from climate change, natural disasters, over-population, and environmental degradation, resilience is crucial to a strong economy and community. Integrated Resiliency enables humans, animals, plants, and other living things to adapt, survive, and thrive.
Given growing evidence these impacts will have on infrastructure, businesses, ecosystems and people, it is obvious that the concept of Smart Cities needs to integrate resilient strategies, and most importantly an integrated approach. From Eco-Districts to Smart Cities to Bio-Regions, the interconnectedness of the components of a human-made or natural network can function most efficiently by sustainably sharing information and resources in real-time.
Integrated Resiliency includes the ability to be “antifragile”: to learn and improve from prior mistakes and threats. During this meeting we will address the following:
Resiliency and Climate Change Adaptation
- What problem(s) is Integrated Resiliency trying to solve?
- What is resiliency and the relationship with sustainability?
- How do you understand a city’s vulnerabilities and risk to climate change
- What are some successful adaptation strategies?
Ensuring the "Integration" of Resiliency
- What investments are needed to ensure the Integrated Resiliency of a city?
- How can we improve the interactions between the different stakeholders of a city?
- What is the bottom-line objective of Integrated Resiliency?
 Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder (2012)