Cities are developing their agility to cope, no matter what. Majoring on the word “Resilience” rather than “Agility” (and the two are pretty interchangeably synonymous in many contexts and, as you will see, very much this context), the Rockefeller Foundation has developed a definition of City Resilience:
- City Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.
They have a whole framework behind that, Read More , which is really a framework of agility, and they are throwing down the challenge of 100 Resilient Cities: 100RC. Read More. I notice that one of my cities (San Diego) didn’t make the list yet and one (Los Angeles) did – I live kind of in the triangulation between Los Angeles, San Diego and Palm Springs – indeed, they identify Los Angeles’ Resilience Challenge as:
- With a population, geography, infrastructure, and economy comparable to those of states and nations, Los Angeles is one of the most complex megacities of the world. City limits cover 469 square miles, but greater Los Angeles is 10 times that size — a region of individual neighborhoods that comprise many different languages, cultures, and ethnicities. The city’s central question is how a city of L.A.’s size and scope can truly be sustainable and resilient in a changing and increasingly globalized world, particularly in the face of water shortages and seismic challenges.
- Specifically identifying: Aging Infrastructure; Drought; Earthquake, Tsunami, Wild-Fires!
Cities are working on their enterprise agility to survive, adapt and grow, no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. They are working to understand their agility/resilience challenges and develop the agility/resilience to cope, no matter what. Are you doing the same with your enterprise agility? Follow their lead – you should be! My colleagues and I at Agility Consulting & Training have a whole framework behind that.