By Roland Kupers
Book Description

The ever tighter coupling of our food, water and energy systems, in the context of a changing climate is leading to increasing turbulence in the world. As a consequence, it becomes ever more crucial to develop cities, regions, and economies with resilience in mind. Because of their global reach, substantial resources, and information-driven leadership structures, multinational corporations can play a major, constructive role in improving our understanding and design of resilient systems. This volume is the product of the Resilience Action Initiative, a collaboration among Dow, DuPont, IBM, McKinsey en Co., Shell, Siemens, Swiss Re, Unilever, and Yara designed to explore possible corporate contributions to global resilience, especially at the nexus of water, food and energy. Aggressively forward-thinking, and consistent with an enlightened self-interest, the ideas considered here represent a corporate perspective on the broad collaborations required for a more resilient world.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Contents
    • Editor’s foreword
      • Roland Kupers
    • Preface
      • Peter Voser
    • Turbulence – by way of an introduction
      • Michel Liès
    • Part I – Introduction to RAI
      • 1 The Resilience action initiative: An introduction
        • Maike Böggemann and Norbert Both
        • Understanding the ‘stress nexus’
        • The Resilience Action Initiative
        • Definition of resilience
        • The RAI approach
        • Knowledge projects
        • The challenges of resilience in practice
        • Broader sharing and dialogue
        • Collaboration and leadership
    • Part II – The resilience lens
      • 2 A pragmatic frame to explore resilience
        • Marco Albani and Roland Kupers
        • A diagnostic frame
        • Beyond a diagnostic frame
          • The boundary conundrum
          • The difficult relationship between efficiency and resilience
          • Dealing with multiple scales
          • Making system assumptions explicit
        • Open questions and dilemmas
      • 3 A resilience lens for enterprise risk management
        • David N. Bresch, Jaap Berghuijs, Rainer Egloff and Roland Kupers
        • Enriching corporate risk management
        • Structural resilience
        • Integrative resilience
        • Transformative resilience
      • 4 Multi-sector collaboration for resilience
        • Mark Smith
        • Change for resilience
        • Collaboration for systemic change
        • Applying collaboration to resilience
        • Conclusion: A collaborative agenda for resilience
      • 5 Building resilience through teamwork
        • Seven tips to make it work
          • Marco Albani and Kimberly Henderson
    • Part III – Resilience in action
      • 6 The case for green infrastructure
        • Neil C. Hawkins and Glenn Prickett
        • Introduction and objective
        • Green infrastructure: Concept and definition
        • Green infrastructure: Solution examples
        • Identifying areas of opportunity
        • Key conclusions
        • Moving forward
      • 7 Nexus! Resilience in a pressure cooker
        • Herman van der Meyden
        • The game development process
        • The game mechanics
        • Simulating aspects of resilience
        • Insights from a year of Nexus! sessions
      • 8 Getting to resilience from the bottom-up
        • Thekla Teunis
        • Fading boundaries and stronger horizontal and local networks
        • Initial results
        • Main lessons
        • Barriers for breakthrough bottom-up innovation
        • Business value
      • 9 Corporations and Resilience
        • Simone Arizzi, Maximilian Egger, Dawn Rittenhouse and Peter Williams
        • The Resilience Action Initiative
        • Conclusion
    • Epilogue
      • Brian Walker
    • Appendix
    • Author biographies
    • Bibliography
    • Index
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