In the 21st-century, we face complex and interconnected challenges like structural inequity and climate change. Things are also happening faster – whether it’s the speed at which information travels or technology changes, or the spread of disease. Minneapolis is taking on the challenges of these realities by building the city’s resilience.
What is city resilience?
City resilience in the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and thrive no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.
What does this actually mean? We are working to make sure everyone in Minneapolis has what they need to thrive in good times and in bad – especially individuals and communities who may be more vulnerable due to things such as lower wealth, environmental threats, or structural racism.
Why a resilience strategy?
Resilience is fundamentally about a strong community and being prepared for the times we live in and changes to come. These are things city government is already working on, and by working on resilience Minneapolis is intentionally making connections across the different silos in government and in our city. The strategy part of the work will start broadly and then narrow to identify and activate work that will make a difference in people’s lives.
What is happening now?
Minneapolis is in the early stages of developing its resilience strategy. We are currently doing a wide-ranging scan of the resilience challenges Minneapolis faces as well as the great work many are already doing to build our city’s resilience. Learn more about the strategy process and community engagement.
If you live or work in Minneapolis, we want to hear from you about what stresses, such as increasingly unaffordable housing, and shocks, such as a tornado, you are most concerned about. You can take the Resilient Minneapolis survey to share your perspective.
Minneapolis is developing a resilience strategy as part of a global network of cities funded and supported by 100 Resilient Cities, which is pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Last updated Dec 5, 2017