Resilience Shift grant to develop a resilience primer focused on the water sector


Resilient Organisations appointed by the Resilience Shift to develop resilience primer.

The Resilience Shift has today announced the appointment of a new grantee, Resilient Organisations, for its programme to improve the resilience of critical infrastructure.

The team at Resilient Organisations, led by Dr. Tracy Hatton, has been commissioned to develop an industry-specific primer focused on the water sector, namely Potable Water Infrastructure, that will help key players understand what they can do differently to improve resilience in this industry.
In developing this practical, industry-specific primer, Resilient Organisations and the Resilience Shift will be identifying 1) the current best practices by leading organisations that embed resilience into their decision-making, 2) the incentives that are currently available for driving resilience, but are not capitalized upon due to lack of awareness of their existence, and 3) the future directions for how to scale and augment the current menu of incentives.
Ultimately, the vision of the Resilience Shift is a more resilient world which understands the interconnected nature of modern life and the services on which we all depend.

Among these services, the delivery of freshwater is critical. Substantial impacts to the water sector as a result of extreme shocks and stresses has the potential to directly impact the safety and well-being of millions of people.

The Resilience Shift believes that greater resilience across the potable water sector is an achievable goal and that knowledge sharing around key incentives and levers can shift major stakeholders towards adopting more resilient practices and technologies.

The Resilience Shift is supporting the team at Resilient Organisations in this effort and will be sharing their findings by publishing a resilience primer in 2019.

Other grantees announced today include Wood, TRL, and Four Twenty Seven.

The initial expression of interest closed at the end of August 2018, but the Resilience Shift anticipates continuing this work into 2019. They will welcome future submissions from interested grantees at any time.

Dr. Tracy Hatton, Principal Research Consultant, Resilient Organisations, said: “We are looking forward to this opportunity to capture some of the great projects and initiatives that currently exist to improve water resilience and sharing these with a broader audience”.

Ibrahim Almufti, Project Leader, Resilience Shift, said:
“Our aim is to shift the needle on resilience practice so that all organisations embed it into their decision-making. To achieve this, we must clearly articulate the value that resilience can bring.”

Jo da Silva, Acting Programme Director, Resilience Shift, said:
“We are engaging directly with industry stakeholders and with those responsible for incentivising resilience for critical infrastructure. The Resilience Shift is a global initiative, we want to develop a common understanding across infrastructure systems globally, and our new grantees are diverse both geographically and in their target sector.”


Notes to Editor
About Dr. Tracy Hatton and Resilient Organisations
Dr. Tracy Hatton is Principal Research Consultant at Resilient Organisations (ResOrgs), a New Zealand based public-good research and consulting group helping communities and organizations become future ready. ResOrgs has developed a 13 indicator model of organizational resilience, and a benchmark resilience tool (BRT) to help organizations diagnose their resilience strengths and weaknesses. Much of their work cuts across multiple infrastructure services, which helps us to understand key sector commonalities, differences and interdependencies.

About the Resilience Shift
The Resilience Shift (RS) was established in 2016 to address the recommendations of the Lloyd's Register Foundation's 'Foresight review of resilience engineering'. The initial 5-year programme is funded by Lloyd's Register Foundation, with Arup as host institution. Its aim is to shift critical infrastructure resilience thinking and practice so that engineered structures and infrastructure will be not only safer but also better.
There are several different ways in which external organisations can collaborate with the Resilience Shift programme including as a vendor, grantee, partner or equity partner. Collaborators can be identified via different mechanisms, including via an open call for proposals / competitions or directly appointed (as strategic partners). If you are interested in collaborating with us, you can find out more on our website.

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