Judith Rodin & The Resilience Dividend

January 14, 2015 | Center News

What is Resilience?

In The Resilience Dividend, Judith Rodin, president of the Rockerfeller Foundation and former President of the University of Pennsylvania, describes resilience as, "the capacity of an entity - an individual, a community, an organization, or a natural system - to prepare for disruptions, to recover from shock and stresses, and to adapt and grow from a disruptive experience" and cites 21st century challenges like rapid urbanization/population growth, climate change, and globalization as "intertwined and affect[ing] one another in a social-economic nexus."

Praised by the likes of President Bill Clinton, Michael R. Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City; Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations; The Resilience Dividend uses a range of stories from around the world to show how people, organizations, businesses, communities, and cities have developed resilience in the face of otherwise catastrophic challenges. Read the book's introduction, preview the stories, and learn more about the resilience dividend here.

The Center Honors Dr. Rodin on February 18th

On the evening of February 18 at Moore College of Art + Design, the Center for Architecture will honor Judith Rodin with the 2015 Edmund N. Bacon Prize for her continuing contributions to the built environment. Local journalist, Sandra Shea, of The Philadelphia Inquirer, will engage Ms. Rodin in an on-stage conversation about her recent book and designing resilient structures, systems, and cities. The ceremony will be followed by a coffee + dessert reception featuring a book signing with Dr. Rodin.

Also honored at this ceremony will be the student winners of the 2015 Better Philadelphia Challenge, an urban design competition in honor of Ed Bacon. This year's challenge focused on Petty Island and how it might be developed to support its surrounding communities while taking into consideration the realities of climate change in the tidal Delaware River. See the winning team's proposal here.

Early bird tickets to the ceremony are on sale now through February 4th for $15/pp (free for students with code). VIP tickets are available for $150/pp and include a VIP reception before the ceremony, featuring heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and live music. In attendance will be Ms. Rodin, the student winners, local dignitaries, and our invaluable sponsors, without whom this program would not be possible.

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