Resilience. One of the most important and meaningful words of 2015

Resilience. One of the most important and meaningful words of 2015

After the economic crisis out-broken in 2007 and the consequent period of time defined by recession, all of us are aware that in this situation, one of the most important thing in which to believe in, is to do with what we have got. For this reason, the creativity in using material stuffs, the fact of using something instead of putting it, the replacement of simple owning with shared use (as the sharing economy demonstrates), become every day more important.

Well, we should name all of this mix as “Resilience”. That, for what we are interested in, is to say the capacity, for a society, to anticipate disruptions, to adapt to events and to create lasting value.

And what about the city of Rome?
The project “Roma Resiliente”, that the Municipality of Rome act in the framework of the programme “100 Resilient Cities” promoted by the Rockefeller Foundation, is getting going.
Actually, the Foundation decided to allocate one-hundred million dollars – in occasion of its hundredth birthday – to one hundred cities selected among more than four hundred cities.

Rome was selected as first, together with thirty-two more cities in the world, by eight judges among which the former U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton.

The working plan, proposed by Giovanni Caudo (Municipality of Rome’s council member for the Urban Transformation) has persuaded the examination board, and has been awarded with one million dollars to be allocated to the City.
The main goal of the proposal is to create an improved resilience, that is to say the capability in resisting to disasters caused by people or simply natural events, and to raise again stronger than before. This is possible thanks to the building of a widespread “culture of resilience” among citizens, associations and enterprises, and the advent of an evaluated institutional capability.

Thanks to the partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, the local administration will launch a partecipatory process for the creation of a resilience plan for the Municipality of Rome.
Among the priorities identified in the working plan emerge the so called resilience challenges that are, for the city of Rome, earthquakes, flooding, pollution or environmental degradation, rising of the sea level and the consequent coastal erosion.

But, overlooking for a moment natural diseases, “Rome is struggling to reverse decades of poorly regulated development and address its informal housing neighbourhoods, inadequate infrastructure provision, and urban sprawl. This activity has made Rome highly vulnerable to flooding and other disruptions, which threaten to undermine social cohesion and prosperity in this city of immense cultural and economic significance. Rome’s city limits include large expanses of still viable rural land and natural reserves, and its forward looking planners are focused on transforming these assets in order to maintain and protect its environment and build long-term resilience to shocks and stresses”, as the officialwebsite of the 100 Resilient Cities reports.

Last but not least, Roma Resiliente is going to deal with themes such as nutrition and green common areas.

Actually, on January, 20th at the Piccola Protomoteca of the Capitol Hill of Rome was held a meeting dedicated to “Agricolture and food for resilient cities”. During this meeting were analysed and illustrated the best practices and the good purposes about a new kind of food policies, which should consist of the best quality of the nutrition as a tool for improving public health , the sustainability of the production and distribution chains of food, the stress on the role of urban agriculture.

Undoubtedly, such policies are one of the fundamental paths that will make our cities more resilient and, the cooperation of the multiple social actors is needed.

Institutions alone cannot go far away. The community garden that we, as LUISS-LabGov, are taking care of, is a clear example. Together with the dozens of shared gardens in the whole city of Rome, our community garden represent a nice resilient partnership among citizens, students and academy.

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E’ stato lanciato il progetto “Roma Resiliente”, che la città di Roma intende realizzare nell’ambito del programma “100 Resilient Cities” promosso dalla Rockefeller Foundation.
Difatti, la prestigiosa fondazione americana ha deciso, in occasione del proprio centesimo compleanno, di donare cento milioni di dollari a cento città nel mondo, selezionate fra oltre quattrocento.

Grazie alla partnership con la Rockefeller Foundation,  l’amministrazione romana avvierà un processo partecipativo per la creazione di un piano di resilienza per Roma Capitale.
Tra le priorità identificate nel piano di lavoro emergono le sfide di resilienza che, per la città di Roma, riguardano anche l’alimentazione e l’agricoltura.

In questo scenario, il community garden dell’Università LUISS “Guido Carli” rappresenta un esempio positivo.