How can the natural environment be protected as a city population doubles?

How does a city plan for a skilled and agile workforce in the future? What can councils do to encourage creativity, collaboration and socially minded business? How can the natural environment be protected as a city population doubles?

Accelerated Design Forums (ADF) were held over the past two week to tackle these important issues. There were five ADFs coordinated by Melbourne’s Chief Resilience Officer and Edge had the pleasure of contributing to two of these: a competitive metropolis and a healthier environment. The focus areas were derived from a preliminary resilience assessment and the Design Forums drew together council staff, bankers, research institutions and consultants. The ADF’s format encouraged participants to think creatively about the issues and develop questions to progress the strategy – What is already happening in this space? How can different organisations work together? What would a successful outcome look like?

Edge drew on our knowledge of resilience from working with local governments and our experience with the insurance sector to contribute to the Forums. However, in the case of resilience, even more important than sector specific knowledge on any issue, is experience analysing, prioritising and synthesising information in order to develop solutions to complex problems.

Melbourne is participating in the Rockefeller Foundations 100 Resilient Cities program that provides funding and a network of support to help improve the resilience of cities around the world. The City of Sydney is the most recent Australian city to be accepted in to 100 Resilient Cities and the City will soon announce its Chief Resilience Officer.

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