Collective Impact for Resilient Cities

What You'll Learn

  • Learn about systems thinking, how it can inform planning for multi-functional goals, and why that results in both community and ecological resilience.
  • Look at examples in some of our most vulnerable cities to understand how systems thinking is applied to resilience planning.
  • Gain an understanding of how the intersections of the many different systems in our cities impact the effectiveness of planning work.

More Course Details

Systems thinking allows planners, scientists, designers, and others an effective way to analyze the intersections of many different systems in a city and ensure decisions promote holistic resilience goals.

This course outlines systems thinking as a method for accomplishing collective impact for resilience goals and highlights resilience work in some of our most vulnerable cities:

In New Orleans, the development of the New Orleans Water Plan, the city's first Climate Action Plan, and projects in the Gentilly Resilience District aim to reduce flood risk while providing other community and climate benefits.

Houston is working to create a citywide resilience plan, and ongoing work in Harris County's Precinct One is looking specifically at how parks can be better leveraged toward community and ecological resilience goals.

In San Francisco, the Resilient By Design competition is a yearlong collaborative design challenge bringing together local residents; public officials; and local, national, and international experts to develop innovative solutions to strengthen the region's community, economic, and ecological resilience.