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Building Policy Platforms for Resilience

Date: September 24, 2009

Summary: Resiliency is a characteristic of individuals that allows them to adapt, persevere, and succeed despite adversity. But what sorts of approaches and policies would foster resiliency in institutions like schools? This brief from the KnowledgeWorks Foundation takes a look at platforms for resilience in policy.


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The term Platforms for Resilience refers to the growing need for new responses to the institutional disruptions and system shocks occurring throughout society. Consider the challenges faced by President Barack Obama in his first 100 days in office. A short list includes an economic recession on a par with the Great Depression, escalation of the war in Afghanistan, bankruptcy and government takeover of the U.S. auto industry, revelations about the previous administration's "enhanced interrogation techniques," the first seizure of an American vessel on the open seas by Somalian pirates, and a swine flu pandemic.

Each of these events signals a major disruption to our economic, security, military, medical, or global systems. The forecast makes the case that such disruptions require leaders to respond differently than in the past. Leaders must learn how to meet these challenges with even more flexibility, greater collaboration, and increased transparency. Policymakers, in particular, should look for ways to create or enable the creation of Platforms for Resilience. These newly formed institutions will be spaces in which flexible, innovative strategies can develop for building the resilience of communities as they respond to complex challenges.

Copyright © 2009 Knowledgeworks. Posted with permission.
Lefkowits, Laura, and Carolyn Woempner. 2009, June. Building Policy Platforms for Resilience. Ohio: KnowledgeWorks Foundation.

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