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Resilience in Action Video – Janellis and 100 Resilient Cities Global Partnership

This video highlights the importance of city-wide resilience, the role of business in building resilience and the value of a global partnership with 100 Resilient Cities.

Featuring Michael Berkowitz, CEO of 100 Resilient Cities and Natalie Botha, Managing Director of Janellis.

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What is the 100 Resilient Cities movement?

100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

Janellis became a Global Platform Partner or 100RC in 2016.

Watch this video to learn more about the 100 Resilient Cities Movement…

PRESS RELEASE: 100 Resilient Cities and Janellis announce Global Platform partnership

Sydney, Australia100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is today announcing a partnership with Janellis, which will offer a critical emergency management support to 100RC member cities around the globe.

The emergency and crisis management tools will help align organisations and response agencies to be better prepared for city-wide emergencies and will be available to members of 100RC’s Network, as the cities design and implement comprehensive Resilience Strategies.

Janellis joins a prestigious group of other “Platform Partners” that have committed to helping cities around the world prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from the ‘shocks’ – catastrophic events like hurricanes, fires, and floods – and ‘stresses’ – slow-moving disasters like water shortages, homelessness, and unemployment – which are increasingly part of 21st century life. The Platform Partners are a vital component of 100RC’s efforts, both providing cities with tools they need to build resilience and influencing the market as other resilience tools are developed. Current Platform Partners represent a wide array of private sector, public sector, NGO, and academic community leaders.

“In an increasingly complex and challenging world, cities need partnerships with companies like Janellis to withstand the shocks and stresses of the 21st Century,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities.By providing emergency and crisis management tools to our network city, Janellis is leading by example, and is helping to build a global resilience movement at a critical time.”

Launching the Janellis 100RC Partnership

“At Janellis, we are driven by building capability in the areas of crisis and emergency management for organisations across the private and public sector; so that they are prepared to respond effectively to a range of potential disruptions. Partnering with 100RC and providing world class tools to member cities will harness our expertise in emergency and crisis management and enhance cities capacity to thrive when experiencing shock and stress.” said Natalie Botha, Managing Director of Janellis.

100RC is dedicated to helping cities become more resilient to the shocks and stresses that are a growing part of the 21st century. Each city in the 100RC network receives four concrete types of support:

  • Financial and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new position in city government, a Chief Resilience Officer, who will lead the city’s resilience efforts;
  • Technical support for development of a robust Resilience Strategy;
  • Access to solutions, service providers, and partners from the private, public, academic, and NGO sectors who can help them develop and implement their resilience strategies; and
  • Membership of a global network of member cities who can learn from and help each other.

Platform partners are dedicated to providing 100RC network cities with solutions that integrate big data, analytics, technology, resilience land use planning, infrastructure design, and new financing and insuring products. Other 100RC Platform Partners include Microsoft, Swiss Re, the World Bank, MWH Global, Veolia, and Sandia National Laboratories.

 About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.

About Janellis

Janellis is an enterprise consulting firm working with leading organisations with specialist expertise in organisational resilience; risk, compliance and assurance; crisis and emergency management.

Janellis have developed www.cbdresponse.com.au, an emergency management collaboration between the NSW Government, response agencies and the private sector. The site is designed to help prepare communities within the Sydney CBD for a city-wide emergency.

The Janellis crisis management and resilience tools have been embedded in organisations across many industries in countries including Australia, Canada, China, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and the USA.

The 100 Resilient Cities Global Platform Partnership provides crisis management tools to member cities around the world. The tools are particularly valuable for cities with significant risks and vulnerable communities within those cities.

  • Janellis contact: Hayley Parker (Hayley.Parker@Janellis.com.au; +61 414 580 707)
  • 100 Resilient Cities: Andrew Brenner (ABrenner@100RC.org; +1 646-612-7236)

 

Building resilience in a city that never sleeps

“Where sustainability aims to put the world back into balance, resilience looks for ways to manage in an imbalanced world.”

In early January this year I was living and working in New York city, albeit briefly.  The main purpose of the work was to gain insights and share experiences related to organisational resilience and city-wide resilience.

Like many cities in the world New York has experienced a number of significant disruptions and continues to face a range of known risks and emerging threats.  Within a short time of being in the city it became clear that a ‘planning and preparation mindset’  has become a way of life for people living in the city and organisations operating in the city.

The preparation mindset has been enabled by bringing some of the brightest minds together and ensuring alignment between response agencies, private enterprise and individuals; all working together to ensure that they are prepared to respond to a range of risks.

Aside from being a landmark city, New York  is now one of the leading cities in the world committed to becoming more resilient.

Why build resilience?

Many  events have occurred within New York that could have been the catalyst for the city to shift the focus onto building resilience but it was Hurricane Sandy, that resulted in the death of 43 people and US$19Bn in damage, that brought the need to build resilience into the fore.

On November 15, 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo convened the NYS2100 Commission to examine and evaluate key vulnerabilities in the State’s critical infrastructure systems, and to recommend actions that should be taken to strengthen and improve the resilience of those systems.  The findings were detailed in the NYC2100 Report.

I read the report at the time that it was released, as it was one of the first of its kind on city focused resilience around the world.  Another interesting article published in the New York Times at the time was called Learning to Bounce Back: Forget Sustainability its about Resilience.  The article peaked my interest as resilience was not yet a mainstream topic and sustainability had far greater awareness, investment and relevance than resilience.  The article has some great quotes including the one at the beginning of this article.

Developing a preparation mindset

Since the findings of the NYC2100 report were released, signification investments have been made and on June 11, 2013, the City released “A Stronger, More Resilient New York”, a 430 page document that seeks to learn from past events, understand the risks that the city faces as well as actionable recommendations both for rebuilding communities impacted and increasing the resilience of infrastructure and buildings citywide.

100 Resilient Cities 

Judith Rodin President of the Rockefeller Foundation was Co-Chair of the NYS2100 Commission.    In 2013 the Rockefeller Foundation pioneered the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC supports the adoption and incorporation of a view of resilience that includes not just the shocks—earthquakes, fires, floods, etc.—but also the stresses that weaken the fabric of a city on a day to day or cyclical basis.

The 100RC began working with the first group of 32 cities in December of 2013. In 2014, they received 330 applications from 94 countries for the second cohort.   Sydney is now one of the 100 Resilient cities.

New York, like many cities in the world, is an enormously complex and vibrant city that is vulnerable to a range of potential disruptions but the preparation mindset, the alignment between individuals and organisations and the investments being made, all contribute to building confidence and resilience.

Back in Australia we have also had a number of resilience initiatives underway and the Federal Government has done a great deal in the area of resilience over the past decade, particularly with critical infrastructure providers.   Infact it was our  now Governor General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) who said back in 2006 that “Australia has some of the best men and women leaders who can withstand business shocks standing on their feet” but that we needed to factor into our busy lives the “capability to deal with major disruptions and to develop a preparation mindset.”

If you are responsible for, or interested in building resilience I highly recommend reviewing the two reports and one article referenced in this post or you can contact me directly via natalie.botha@janellis.com.au.

CBD Response leads the way

Significant events have occurred within Sydney’s CBD Zones in recent years. They have highlighted the difficulties in moving large groups of people, the need for rapid communication and the reliance on key decisions to be made by business leaders.

If you work in the Sydney or North Sydney CBD and you are responsible for the safety of others, you have a role to play in preparing for a major emergency.

New Role for Business Leaders in CBD Emergency Management

In the event of an emergency in NSW a ‘significant and coordinated response’ will require businesses, government, critical infrastructure companies, service providers and the broader community to work together.

Organisations operating within the CBD cannot rely on emergency services agencies and building managers alone to ensure the safety of their staff and the continuity of their business.

In an emergency, business leaders may be faced with incomplete or conflicting information. The complexity of an effective response requires the most experienced and capable leaders to make decisions that could affect the safety of many people and the continuity of their business.

In order to successfully work together business leaders need to be aware of how the police, the other emergency services and the local authority will respond.

New challenges lead to a new plan and revised requirements for business

In June 2015, NSW Police published the new Sydney and North Sydney Central Business Districts Evacuation Management Subplan [Subplan]. You can view the full plan here.

The key changes to the plan are:

More than ever there is a need to ensure that organisations operating within these zones are self-reliant, that they understand the key components and concepts of the Subplan – at an executive level – and that they have exercised and tested their capability.

CBD Response helps organisations get prepared

CBD Response has translated the NSW Government’s plan specifically for businesses operating in the Sydney CBD Zones. It provides all the information and tools organisations need to get prepared and be assured on their readiness and ability to respond to a CBD-wide emergency.

It has been designed for business leaders, business response teams, property managers, building owners plus audit and risk professionals.

If you are unsure of how well aligned your capability is to these guidelines please use the Assurance Assessment Tools to check that your organisation has the ability to respond to a CBD-wide emergency.

If you work in the CBD and are not aware of your role in an emergency or the key concepts within this site we recommend you complete the Assurance Assessment for Business Leaders on that page and forward the results to the most appropriate person within your organisation.

For more information on CBD emergency management reviews and health checks please contact Janellis.