The Challenge of Designing for Disruption
Resiliency is hot. Sustainability has intersected with emergency preparedness and created this nascent lovechild. No one is quite sure what it will become, but we are certainly attracted to what it represents: the ability to survive disruption. For the last several weeks, Foresight has been supporting a project exploring this idea on a regional level. Helping facilitate a diversity of stakeholders around a still amorphous concept has been challenging. While we hope the competition entries that are the result of this most recent undertaking (and that you can hear about tonight,* or review online,**) are successful, the cooperation that has emerged has been heartening. We have to begin to forge solutions at the same scale as the problems. Urban flooding, one of the foci of the aforementioned effort, doesn’t heed jurisdictional boundaries. Building approaches through collaboration is essential, but also easier talked about than practiced. Resiliency requires recognizing and leveraging our interdependencies, and consciously developing relationships. As much as we might be enamored with this exciting new progeny, it necessitates seeing the world, and our place in it, from a revised perspective. But then again, isn’t that one of the gifts new offspring bring?
*Come to the Jefferson Tap tonight (3/4) at 5:30pm to join a robust group of stakeholders to network, learn more, provide input, and enjoy some free appetizers and a cash bar. The event is free and open to the public.
**They will all be posted for public comment within a week…we’ll let you know where to find them.