U.S. President Donald Trump discusses the potential impact of Hurricane Michael during a meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FEMA Administrator Brock Long in the Oval Office of the White House.
U.S. President Donald Trump discusses the potential impact of Hurricane Michael during a meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FEMA Administrator Brock Long in the Oval Office of the White House.

Introduction to resilience

In the next few steps, we’ll introduce you to the concept of resilience and show you different perspectives of its meaning

The significance and definition of resilience is a mixture of political, economic, social and technological perspectives where different approaches and strategies merit consideration by government and societal leaders.

Resilience is best understood as today’s emergency managers and leaders see it, through the lens of multiple perspectives.

The political, social and economic perspective

This perspective tends to emphasise a form of government and its governance organisations working on behalf of citizens to protect major social, economic and political institutions and practices from disruption and loss.

Leaders of societies and nations try to promote policies and programmes that create and sustain strength and longevity in their economic, social and political systems. All to endure the erosion, dilution and revision they consider harmful.

The technological perspective

This alternate perspective of resilience entails developments in a mixture of disciplines, including but not limited to:

  • Engineering
  • Materials science
  • Innovative machine and life sciences
  • Structural variations in ordinary systems, machines, technology and industrial operations

Technological resilience aims to further reinforce and sustain the uninterrupted and robust operation of critical systems and work against factors deemed destructive, disruptive and corrosive.

The overall purpose is to reinforce the initial perspective by safeguarding key societal, economic and governmental systems against internal and external threats.

Your task

Search YouTube for a TED Talk by Gregory Kopp titled ‘Can we build disaster resilient communities?’

In the video, Kopp shares stories of storm chasing and the results of his ongoing research on how to build disaster-resilient communities.

You will find alternative information about Kopp’s research from the following article on Building Resilience.

What other perspectives can you see described within the video (Environmental resilience may be another)? Share your answers in the comments section and take a moment to add your perspective to this WordCloud.

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Foundations in Resilience, Security and Emerging Technology

Coventry University