A Corporate Perspective on Collaborating for Resilience
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Editor’s introduction (Roland Kupers) Preface (Peter Voser) Preface: Turbulence — by way of an introduction (Michel Liès) Part I Introduction to RAI 1 The Resilience action initiative: An introduction (Maike Boggemann and Norbert Both) Understanding the ‘stress nexus’ The Resilience Action Initiative Definition of resilience The RAI approach Knowledge projects The challenges of resilience in practice Broader sharing and dialogue Collaboration and leadership Part II The resilience lens 2 A pragmatic frame to explore resilience (Marco Albani and Roland Kupers) A diagnostic frame Beyond a diagnostic frame The boundary conundrum The difficult relationship between efficiency and resilience Dealing with multiple scales Making system assumptions explicit Open questions and dilemmas 3 A resilience lens for enterprise risk management (David N. Bresch, Jaap Berghuijs, Rainer Egloff, Roland Kupers) Enriching corporate risk management Structural resilience Integrative resilience Transformative resilience 4 Multi-sector collaboration for resilience (Dr Mark Smith) Change for resilience Collaboration for systemic change Applying collaboration to resilience Conclusion: A collaborative agenda for resilience 5 Building resilience through teamwork. Seven tips to make it work (Marco Albani and Kimberly Henderson) Part III Resilience in action 6 The case for green infrastructure (Neil C. Hawkins and Glenn Prickett) Introduction and objective Green infrastructure: Concept and definition Green infrastructure: Solution examples Identifying areas of opportunity Key conclusions Moving forward 7 Nexus! Resilience in a pressure cooker (Herman van der Meyden) The game development process The game mechanics Simulating aspects of resilience Insights from a year of Nexus! sessions 8 Getting to resilience from the bottom-up. From upscaling to downscaling, from valuation to values and from having to sharing — How corporates can leverage the next generation’s way of working to increase resilience (Thekla Teunis) Fading boundaries and stronger horizontal and local networks Initial results Main lessons Barriers for breakthrough bottom-up innovation Business value 9 Corporations and Resilience (Simone Arizzi, Maximilian Egger, Dawn Rittenhaus and Peter Williams) The Resilience Action Initiative Conclusion Epilogue (Brian Walker) Conclusion Appendix Author biographies Bibliography Index

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"The stress nexus is going to be with us for decades to come, as will be the search for resilience. This search will require closer cooperation between companies, cities and non-governmental organizations than ever before in modern corporate history." -- Peter Voser, former Shell CEO

ŸCorporations’ views on resilience found in this book will help us find new solutions to global challenges.Œ-- Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

Roland Kupers (ed.)


A Corporate Perspective on Collaborating for Resilience

The ever tighter coupling of our food, water and energy systems, in the context of a changing climate is leading to increasing turbulence in the world. As a consequence, it becomes ever more crucial to develop cities, regions, and economies with resilience in mind. Because of their global reach, substantial resources, and information-driven leadership structures, multinational corporations can play a major, constructive role in improving our understanding and design of resilient systems.

This volume is the product of the Resilience Action Initiative, a collaboration among Dow, DuPont, IBM, McKinsey & Co., Shell, Siemens, Swiss Re, Unilever, and Yara designed to explore possible corporate contributions to global resilience, especially at the nexus of water, food and energy. Aggressively forward-thinking, and consistent with an enlightened self-interest, the ideas considered here represent a corporate perspective on the broad collaborations required for a more resilient world.

Roland Kupers

Roland Kupers is an associate fellow in the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford.