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16 Examples of Resilience

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Resilience is the ability for a system, entity or individual to endure stress. The following are common examples.

Wet Infrastructure

A city with flood management infrastructure such as rain gardens is resilient to flooding.

Water Security

A city with a large number of buildings equipped to harvest and store rainwater is more resilient to drought.

Food Security

A region that grows much of its own food is more resilient to global supply shocks.

Proximity

People who live in close proximity to everything they need are indifferent to transportation energy costs.

Air Quality

A city that runs on solar panels and electric vehicles is less likely to experience an air pollution emergency such as the 1952 Great Smog of London.

Tsunami

A coastal village with a tsunami shelter, warning system and public education program is more resilient to tsunami.

Earthquakes

A city with stringent earthquake building codes is more resilient to earthquakes.

Risk Management

A financial institution that diligently manages liquidity risk is more resilient to a financial shock.

Energy

A data center that produces its own energy with solar panels and has backup generators is resilient to a power outage.

Climate

A city with many green spaces such as rooftop gardens is more resilient to excessively hot days than a city that acts as an urban heat island.

Transportation

An employee who walks to work is mostly immune to transportation disruptions.

Community

A neighborhood with popular features such as a park and attractive cafe may be more resilient to crime as neighbors socialize and form a community.

Economy

A city with a diversified economy is resilient to the collapse of any one industry.

Education

A person who continues their education throughout their life is resilient to a particular skill becoming obsolete.

Trading Partners

A nation with many trading partners is more resilient to a trade war with a particular partner.

Economic Change

A nation that supports growing new industries may be more resilient to technology driven economic change than a nation that primarily supports old industries that are in decline.
Overview: Resilience
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Definition (1)
The ability for a system, entity or individual to endure stress.
Definition (2)
A robust design, structure, system or institution that is likely to endure change.
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