SF.ca @ SOCAP: 100 Resilient Cities Session in Quotes

SF.ca @ SOCAP: 100 Resilient Cities Session in Quotes



“Building resilience demands attention to catastrophic shocks as well as slow burning chronic issues. It demands proactivity and reaction.” – Amy Armstrong (100 Resilient Cities)

“Low income communities, marginalized communities and communities of colour are disproportionately impacted by shocks. They are disproportionately impacted by poor infrastructure. They should be invested in disproportionately.” – Fred Blackwell (San Francisco Foundation)

“Our ability to work together, transparency and trust; these are all key to resilience. Look at New Orleans post-Katrina and you will find the worst case scenario of this in America.” – Patrick Otellini (City & County of San Francisco)

“What can we do now to ensure we can withstand shocks? Right now we are starting to understand flood vulnerability in Norfolk, Virginia by taking data from multiple sources and modelling various scenarios to be able to predict what could happen in crisis. What happens when it rains this much, and there is wind of this speed in this place? This is going to be key information, which will tell us what infrastructure needs investment, and where to focus our efforts.” – Jason Payne (Palantir Technologies)

“The difference between surviving and dying in a heat wave – like the one Chicago had in ’95 –  is social networks. If seniors aren’t locked up in their apartments, but instead know how best to get to a cool part in the neighbourhood – even if it’s the frozen food aisle in a Safeway – we can save their lives.” – Fred Blackwell

“Tech and IT infrastructure is viewed as overhead, but what it provides – communications, planning tools, etc. – are essential for resilience and should be looked at as a first order investment.”  – Jason Payne

“Investments in addressing disparities – whether in education, health, environment, economic inequities – these are all investments in resiliency. You can’t have resiliency without equality of opportunity… When the bottom dropped out of the real estate market in the recession, that eroded wealth folks have spent generations building and that will have an impact for generations to come. Inequity jeopardizes our economic wellbeing as a society moving forward. It is a social justice and an economic issue.” – Fred Blackwell

Banner Photo credit: Sarahhoa, Flickr, Edited.

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