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The Resilience Dividend
Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong


Building resilience—the ability to bounce back more quickly and effectively—is an urgent social and economic issue. Our interconnected world is susceptible to sudden and dramatic shocks and stresses: a cyber-attack, a new strain of virus, a structural failure, a violent storm, a civil disturbance, an economic blow.

Through an astonishing range of stories, Judith Rodin shows how people, organizations, businesses, communities, and cities have developed resilience in the face of otherwise catastrophic challenges:

• Medellin, Colombia, was once the drug and murder capital of South America. Now it’s host to international conferences and an emerging vacation destination.
• Tulsa, Oklahoma, cracked the code of rapid urban development in a floodplain.
• Airbnb, Toyota, Ikea, Coca-Cola, and other companies have realized the value of reducing vulnerabilities and potential threats to customers, employees, and their bottom line.
• In the Mau Forest of Kenya, bottom-up solutions are critical for dealing with climate change, environmental degradation, and displacement of locals.
• Following Superstorm Sandy, the Rockaway Surf Club in New York played a vital role in distributing emergency supplies.

As we grow more adept at managing disruption and more skilled at resilience-building, Rodin reveals how we are able to create and take advantage of new economic and social opportunities that offer us the capacity to recover after catastrophes and grow strong in times of relative calm.

about Judith Rodin

  • Judith Rodin has been president of The Rockefeller Foundation since 2005. During her tenure she has recalibrated its focus to meet the challenges and disruptions of the twenty-first century, to support and shape innovations that strengthen resilience and build more inclusive economies. A research psychologist by training, Dr. Rodin was the first woman to serve as president of an Ivy League institution, the University of Pennsylvania. She was the provost and dean of the graduate school at Yale University. She serves on the boards of corporations and nonprofit institutions, has received nineteen honorary degrees, and is widely recognized as a global leader.


"In a world where disruption is a fact of life and uncertainty is guaranteed, Judith Rodin draws on years of experience to offer an inspiring look at how we can prepare for the unexpected-and by doing so makes our communities stronger, more prosperous and more connected in the process."— President Bill Clinton

"Judith Rodin's groundbreaking work at the Rockefeller Foundation is helping cities adapt to a changing climate–and a changing world. In her new book, The Resilience Dividend, she lays out a powerful case for why governments and companies should prepare for-and not just react to–disruptions to business as usual."—Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies, and 108th Mayor of New York City

"She is a good story teller, and her stories from the United States and around the world form the heart of the book… Crisis planners will find useful material in ‘The Resilience Dividend,’ not just a “template for thinking” about crisis management but also, as Ms. Rodin puts it, the ‘methods for putting that thinking into practice.’ The rest of us will take heart that, in a world of disruption, there are ways to cope with crisis and even, perhaps, grow stronger as a result.”—Wall Street Journal

“Ms. Rodin, currently president of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, is especially suited to analyze these disruptive threats and to propose recommendations to upgrade resiliency to redress them… ‘The Resilience Dividend’ is a must-read for all those concerned about proactively building a tough and rebounding capacity, ‘without waiting for disaster to push us into it.” —Washington Times

“A fresh take on the many ways that organizations can recover and grow from unexpected setbacks… It’s intriguing that the author of The Resilience Dividend is the head of a leading philanthropy. In the early 1990s, Peter Drucker made a strong argument that neither government nor the private sector could build the sense of community needed to meet the challenges of what he labeled the Knowledge Society. He thought the ‘social sector’ was our last, best hope for that. Judith Rodin’s thoughtful, organic approach to enhancing the resilience of social groups suggests that Drucker’s faith in NGOs might not have been misplaced.”—Strategy + Business

“You have to read only one book: The Resilience Dividend by Judith Rodin…The book provides a tour de force of why and how resilience matters in different countries, industries and settings….Rodin’s book will prove to be essential reading to leaders across sectors that are addressing the complexity of challenges facing humanity…The Resilience Dividend should be compulsory reading in the social investment community.” —Alliance Magazine

“An inspiring book about preparing for major disruptions…Using an astonishing array of real-life situations, Rodin illustrates how individuals, organizations, businesses and communities can develop resilience after suffering catastrophic challenges.”—The Missourian

"An inspiring and optimistic look at what humankind can do to respond to what appear insurmountable challenges"—Library Journal

“Rockefeller Foundation president Rodin writes in an expert and straightforward manner about the character trait of resilience, addressed here in socioeconomic terms and on nothing less than a global scale… While every author may hope to end a book with an indelible sentence, Rodin proves herself one of the select few who can pull this off.” —P

other editions

  • Hardcover | ISBN 9781610394703
    Pub date: 2014-11-11 | Price: $27.99/31.00 Canada
    Publisher: PublicAffairs
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    6.125 x 9.250 | 384 Pages
    Social Science / Disasters & Disaster Relief
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