How Resilience Hubs in cities could help coronavirus response
COVID-19 is quickly exposing countries’ fragile social fabric. As individuals struggle to stay afloat, a lack of healthcare, childcare, living wages, and paid leave are worsening glaring inequalities around the world. And because governments prioritize response once a crisis hits, rather than strengthening communities beforehand, many cities lack needed resources and support. Anticipating disruptions more effectively – including outbreaks like COVID-19 or disasters such as floods, hurricanes or wildfires – requires a rethink in how we proactively prepare for crises. That’s why many cities are now working to set up Resilience Hubs, to better build community resilience.
Here’s the concept: Resilience Hubs are partnerships between local governments and community-based organizations (sometimes partially funded by foundations) that provide services such as job training and childcare, community programming, resource distribution, communications coordination and generally enhance quality of life. Based in trusted community-serving facilities (e.g. recreation centers or faith-based institutions), they enhance capabilities in crisis, including solar and battery backup systems, access to potable water and healthy food, and supply distribution. Resilience Hubs can be activated to serve vulnerable communities without overloading local governments…
How To Build Your Leadership Resiliency!
A modern airliner has upwards of 2 million parts. The reason for the considerable number is redundancy. There needs to be a backup component or system that can be activated automatically in case of an emergency. When you are flying at 30,000 more than 560 miles an hour, redundancy is a must-have.
The airliner example may be an apt motif for what is needed today in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. Economic norms are crumbling, societal norms are shifting, and worst of all, health norms are out the window. Everyone is at risk. Organizations need redundancy, and so too do their leaders. Redundancy is an insurance policy for resiliency.
Resilient leaders manage with redundancy in mind. First off, they make certain that someone can step into their role should they leave unexpected. Secondly, they prepare their organizations. “Organizations deploy a ‘good jobs’ strategy have policies around cross-training and developing people so that if one unit or group falls short, others in the firm can pitch in because they have been pre-trained to do those jobs,” says Rita Gunther McGrath, author of Seeing Around Corners and professor at Columbia Business School. “If staff only know how to do one thing, in a crisis, they are only…