Minneapolis begins resilience work to address catastrophes and chronic stresses
Minneapolis has begun efforts to become more resilient to the shocks and stresses that are increasingly part of 21st century life. Shocks include catastrophic events such as disease outbreaks, terrorist attacks and floods, and stresses include slow-moving disasters such as food and water shortages, homelessness and high unemployment.
In this work, Minneapolis joins the project 100 Resilient Cities-Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). Minneapolis was selected from more than 1,000 applicants from around the world in May 2016 along with cities including London, New York, Bangkok and Rio de Janeiro.
A recent workshop was Minneapolis’ first engagement in its partnership with 100RC. The workshop brought a diverse set of stakeholders from across city government and the private sector, nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), academia and civic groups into the planning process. It sought to uncover all the threats the city is facing while unveiling resilience-building tools and plans to address those threats. The workshop began the process of identifying priorities, actions and metrics for Minneapolis’ resilience strategy, which will be drafted over the next six to 12 months.
Each city in the 100RC network receives concrete types of support:
- Funding and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new position in City government, a chief resilience officer, who will lead the City’s resilience efforts. Minneapolis is in the process of hiring a chief resilience officer.
- Support developing and implementing a robust resilience strategy.
- Membership in a global network of member cities that can learn from and help one another.
Minneapolis’ resilience strategy will pay particular attention to meeting the needs of poor and vulnerable populations.
Minneapolis’ resilience work also includes the new ReCAST program which helps promote resiliency and equity among communities that have faced trauma due to civil unrest connected to law enforcement issues. ReCAST stands for Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma. The program will help build the capacity of community partners working with high-risk families facing stress from traumatic events. It will also bolster the City’s efforts to train staff members who are the first point of contact for the community and help coordinate and align the work of the City and community organizations. Learn more, and visit the ReCAST Minneapolis site.
For more information about 100 Resilient Cities-Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, visit www.100ResilientCities.org.
Published Jan 12, 2017