100 Resilient Cities connects cities, experts with Resilience Accelerator | Smart Cities Dive

Dive Brief:

  • 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) has partnered with the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes at Columbia University to launch the Resilience Accelerator, designed to help cities in the 100RC network develop strategic partnerships and advance resilience projects.

  • The main objectives of the accelerator are to promote "immersive workshops," enabling folks across multi-disciplinary expertise to strategize resiliency concepts; to connect communities with creative thinkers who can facilitate strategies; and to embed resilience thinking within Columbia University's Graduate School for Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

  • The accelerator, announced Sunday at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is funded by $3.7 million from The Rockefeller Foundation. 

100 Resilient Cities, a cohort of cities from around the globe, has worked since 2013 to help members combat threats of climate change, disease, crime, poverty, inadequate housing, aging infrastructure and other inevitable risks associated with the urban environment. The organization touts four main "pathways" to make a city more resilient: appointing a chief resilience offer to lead efforts; developing a robust resilience strategy; partnering with private, public and NGO sectors; and networking with other member cities.

Continue reading this article by Kristin Musulin on Smart Cities Dive.