Apects of Resilience
In late 2013 the University actively supported The Christchurch City Council in its successful application to the Rockefeller Foundation for Christchurch City to become a member of the 100 Resilient Cities Network. The Council has recently appointed Mr Mike Gillooly as its first Chief Resilience Officer and welcomes the opportunity to participate in the seminar series. The concept of "Resilience" is interpreted many ways and in many different contexts. 100 Resilient Cities defines resilience as; "The capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience." Resilience, whether it is individual, community, organisational or system based is developed by the actions of people who have the desire, ability and capacity to influence the world around them in a positive way. The experiences of 2010 and 2011 in Christchurch, across the province of Canterbury, and throughout New Zealand, have created a significant opportunity to positively contribute to the international resilience conversation by sharing our experiences and insights.
From time to time as opportunties present themselves, UCR3 will promote seminar events with relevant speakers on an aspect of the City's journey towards becoming more resilient to any future adverse event. These seminars will be promoted widely at the time.