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Defining Resilience

The ability to bounce back, to absorb shocks, to persevere, to retain functionality over time, to endure, to adapt, to succeed, to survive, to sustain... so many verbs are conjured up by the term "resilience." Whether we're talking about our bodies, our minds, our communities, our institutions or our natural environment, the R-word provides a conceptual framework for designing a better tomorrow. Please join us for a wide-ranging inquiry on what it means to be resilient and what a resilient future could look like.

On Twitter? Join the conversation at #resilience

Agenda

9:30 a.m. – The Quest for Human Resilience

Sander van der Leeuw – @ASUGreen
Dean, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Co-Chair, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, Arizona State University

9:50 a.m. Resilient Cities: Rethinking the Urban Landscape

Kaid Benfield – @Kaid_at_NRDC
Director of Sustainable Communities, Natural Resources Defense Council

Justin Hollander – @justinhollander
Professor, Tufts University
Author, Sunburnt Cities: The Great Recession, Depopulation, and Urban Planning in the American Sunbelt

Sander van der Leeuw – @ASUGreen
Dean, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University
Co-Chair, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, Arizona State University

Moderator
Andrés Martinez – @NewAmerica
Vice President and Editorial Director, New America Foundation

10:40 a.m. – Resilience and the Sustainability of Buzzwords

Jesse Sheidlower – @JesseSheidlower
Editor at Large, Oxford English Dictionary
Author, The F-Word

10:55 a.m. – Resilient Constitution: Our Original Compact for the Ages Confronts “The Various Crises of Human Affairs”

Garrett Epps – @profepps
Professor of Law, University of Baltimore
Legal Affairs Editor, The American Prospect

Moderator
Emily Bazelon@emilybazelon
Senior Editor, Slate

11:45 a.m. – Lunch break

12:00 p.m. – Resilient Design: It’s All in the Blueprint (video)

            Bruce Mau – @brucemaudesign
            Co-Founder and Director, Massive Change Network

12:10 p.m. – Resilient Word on the Street (video)

12:15 p.m. – Resilient Beast: Survival Tips from Sharks

            Juliet Eilperin – @eilperin
            Environment Reporter, The Washington Post
            Author, Demon Fish: Travels Through The Hidden World of Sharks

Moderator
Joel Garreau@ASUCollegeofLaw
Lincoln Professor of Law, Culture and Values, Arizona State University
Future Tense Fellow, New America Foundation

12:40 p.m. – Resilient Capitalism: How to Succeed in Business in a Changing World

Barry Lynn@NewAmerica
Director, Markets Enterprise and Resiliency Initiative, New America Foundation
Author, End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation

Rob McNish -- @McKQuarterly
Principal, Corporate Finance and Strategy Practice, McKinsey&Company

Moderator
Matt Yglesias – @mattyglesias
Moneybox Columnist, Slate

1:35 p.m. – Resilient Healthcare: Lessons from the Direst of Scenarios

Sheri Fink – @sherifink
Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation
Winner of 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting on Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans

1:50 p.m. – Resilient Psyche: More than Recovery in Mind, and More than Oneself to Recover

Alex Zautra – @ASU
Professor, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University

2:05 p.m. – Resilient Homeland: Keep Calm and Carry On

Thad Allen (invited) – @BoozAllen
Admiral, United States Coast Guard (retired)
Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Darrell Darnell – @GWDarrellD
Senior Associate Vice President, George Washington University
Former Director, Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Policy, White House National Security Staff

Patrick Doherty @NewAmerica
Director, Smart Strategy Initiative, New America Foundation

            Jason McNamara – @FEMA
            Chief of Staff, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Moderator
Amanda Ripley@amandaripley

Emerson Fellow, New America Foundation
Author, The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – And Why

2:50 p.m. – Resilient You: What To Do in an Emergency (Now That We’ve Defined Resilience)

Amanda Ripley – @amandaripley
Emerson Fellow, New America Foundation
Author, The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – And Why

Event Time and Location

Friday, March 23, 2012 - 9:30am - 3:30pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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