How The Netherlands Became The Biggest Exporter Of Resilience…and more

How The Netherlands Became The Biggest Exporter Of Resilience

Huib de Vriend was five years old when the great flood of 1953 hit. It was a chilly Saturday night, and the local radio stations had gone off the air at their usual hour near bedtime, just before the full force of the storm blew in. What shook young Huib more than the whistle of the wind or the thrum of the rain was the panic in his grandmother’s voice. “She was yelling: ‘The water is coming! The water is coming!'” he recalls. That was when he knew something was wrong. His grandmother was usually a voice of calm in the family…


How to Build Resilience Every Day

Friends Standing By Car On Coastal Road At Sunset
Friends Standing By Car On Coastal Road At Sunset

Resilience is not just the ability to survive challenging times; it’s the ability to thrive in them. Those who learn to build their own resilience can enjoy their work, their relationships, and the daily bustle more than someone who gets knocked down by stress over and over again. Anyone can learn to do this. But it takes practice. And stress is the ultimate catch 22. The more stressed you are, the less able you are to make the changes that would alleviate it. That’s why we view building resilience as a practice–something that you do daily, a little at a time, until the wellspring of resilience is part of you. That steady practice is what provides the big payoff…


An Alternative Anti-Drug Policy: Economic Resilience

Latin America and the Caribbean is the most violent region in the world, with no fewer than five of its major cities experiencing more than 100 homicides per 100,000 people each year, according to the most recent Global Study on Homicide. While the pattern of violence varies across different regions, a significant share is linked to illegal drug activity, particularly in drug-producing countries and countries that are distribution channels to the main export markets of the United States and Europe. And as is argued in a recent op-ed by the Brookings Institution, the recent push to legalize the market of marijuana–particularly in the United States–should not be viewed as a panacea for the prevention of drug-related violence…



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