I learned to use the word “resilience” in Edgeryders – we had a whole campaign in the original exercise. I think it’s fair to say that the most cutting edge people in the European resilience crowd are either in the community or one phone call away from someone that is. I mean, we are the unMonastery people: it does not get more resilient than that, right?
Well, it turns out that the Rockefeller Foundation is launching an initiative called Resilient Cities. Here’s how it works:
- Cities that want to be resilient applies to the initiative. The application happens by a letter from the mayor, or the most senior decision maker if there is no mayor. The deadline for applying is September 23rd.
- The Foundation selects a hundred cities worldwide among the applicants.
- The chosen cities commit to developing a resilience plan; to appoint a Resilience Officer; and to play an active role in the network of the hundred resilient cities. The Foundation helps with funding both the plan and the Resilience Officer's salary. They have allocated $100 million to the whole initiative.
I propose Edgeryders partners up with some willing European city to apply. After all, we are (also) a consultancy company now, and this kind of consultancy is right up your street. And personally I would love to see one or more of us become resilience officers! It must be the coolest job title ever. I already pitched this to Matera (my post, in Italian).
Matera makes sense, since it is the seat of the first unMonastery, and resilience is one of the themes of the city’s application to European City of Culture 2019; also, I like it a lot. But we should not wait around. Edgeryders LBG is up for doing the heavy lifting of preparing the applications, making sure competent people in the resilience space are lined up behind the city’s proposal and that, in general, the application is a strong one. We are easily among the most credible teams in Europe that can do that – because we can involve you, hiring the experts on resilience among you to deliver.
So, I encourage entrepreneurial edgeryders who care about resilience to get in touch with cities they have a good relationship with and pitch the idea to them. If you need a corporate shell, you are welcome to use ours. If you find a client, we’ll back you up, on a first come-first served basis; we’ll hire you as project manager and we can move forward.