The Brooklyn Youth Chorus will be performing at PopTech’s 'The City Resilient' event on June 24, a summit about how to make cities resilient in the face of the next Superstorm Sandy, or worse. 

In her just-released 2012 PopTech talk, Dr. Jennifer Leaning explores the keys to human security in a world of war, disasters and chaos. (Artistic interpretation by Peter Durand).

In her just-released 2012 PopTech talk, Dr. Jennifer Leaning explores the keys to human security in a world of war, disasters and chaos. (Artistic interpretation by Peter Durand).

PopTech is thrilled to announce “The City Resilient,” an urban resilience summit to be held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on June 24.

PopTech is thrilled to announce “The City Resilient,” an urban resilience summit to be held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on June 24.

Professor Ann Masten’s 2012 PopTech talk is live. She explores the unique factors that make children resilient even after the most devastating disruptions. (Visual interpretation by the brilliant Peter Durand).

It is ingrained in our minds that bad things happen to other people and sometimes they happen to good people.
— In his 2012 PopTech talk that was just released, Dr. Sandro Galea explores how 9 out of 10 of us will experience a traumatic event, and why some of us will bounce back. 

“Instead of thinking of how I was limited by these legs, I started to think of the unlimited possibilities with these legs.”

Amy Purdy is a world-class adaptive snowboarder who has won three back-to-back Paralympic World Cup gold medals and is currently training for the Paralympic Games. At age 19, doctors amputated both her legs below the knee following complications from bacterial meningitis. She now has prosthetics. 

Future Proofing Cities

Around 75% of the world’s population will live in cities within 40 years. Almost all of this population growth will happen in the developing world, with 4.6 billion people projected to live in already rapidly growing cities. How will these cities in the developing world cope socially, environmentally and economically with such accelerated urbanisation?

Future Proofing Cities assesses the risks from mega cities like Bangkok to smaller cities such as Zaria in Africa. It looks at their risk profile from climate hazards, resource scarcities, and damage to ecosystems and urges action now to future proof against these risks.

This report provides a fresh approach to the urgent issues arising from rapid urbanisation. It assesses the environmental risks facing cities in an integrated way and identifies more than 100 practical policy options that are most relevant and will be of most benefit to people living in different types of cities.

The report is set against a growing awareness of the need for increased funding for infrastructure development in developing countries at the city level.

“The argument would be that if you’ve got a reef with a thousand species, it is a lot more resilient, and a lot more capable of maintaining itself than a reef with a hundred species. I don’t think that is true.”

David Bellwood, a marine biologist and an internationally recognized expert in coral reef fishes and systems, combines skills in such disparate fields as ecology, palaeontology, biomechanics and molecular systems to understand the nature of reefs. 

"Totally unnecessarily we get into a conversation where it is farmers versus conservation, where it is loggers versus conservation, where it is fishermen versus conservation.”

Watch: Peter Kareiva is the chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Kareiva is often noted for his emphasis on nature’s resiliency, rather than its impending doom.

Among a growing number of scientists, social innovators, community leaders, nongovernmental organizations, philanthropies, governments and corporations, a new dialogue is emerging around a new idea, resilience: how to help vulnerable people, organizations and systems persist, perhaps even thrive, amid unforeseeable disruptions. Where sustainability aims to put the world back into balance, resilience looks for ways to manage in an imbalanced world.

Andrew Zolli, Learning to Bounce Back

In my line of work, we no longer use the word “sustainability” very often. These days, it’s all about “resilience.”

Despite what the GOP is trying to sell you, global warming and its devastating effects are very real, and they’re only going to get worse. For the people who do the actual work to keep cities and populations on track, the focus is now on dealing with it — and thriving in spite of it.

(via noraleah)