21st Century Resilience

The latest LGiU policy paper on 21st Century Resilience, Resilience in practice,  looks at what councils can do to build resilient places, drawing together institutions, communities and citizens.

Some areas cope better with acute crises and natural disasters, as well as long-term stresses and strains. We often refer to these areas as resilient. We talk about resilient communities, resilient organisations, even resilient cities. But what is it that actually makes resilience?

As part of our work with INTERREG and other European partners LGiU is investigating what resilience means for infrastructure, community, and democracy in the Twenty First Century.

It is about much more than technical or institutional responses to crises, but should underpin the capacity of communities and places to adapt and thrive. As such, it relies on democratic engagement between communities, civil society and the state.

A new report, Resilience in practice, looks at what this means in practice and offers guidance for local authorities to help make places more resilient.

It follows a provocation paper, published in June 2015.