Wednesday, December 3, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: “The Resilience Dividend” by Judith Rodin

English: Judith Rodin
Judith Rodin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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From reader Joshua Sinai a copy of his recent book review, originally published in the The Washington Times, 11/17/13.

 The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in World Where Things Go Wrong by Judith Rodin; Public Affairs, $27.99, 384 pp.

Note: Ms Rodin is President of the Rockefeller Foundation, which has actively been supporting resilient cities. Mr Sinai, the reviewer,  is with Resilient Corporation ( From the leadin of the review:
Resilience, as defined by Judith Rodin, the author of the important book “The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong,” is the capacity of any entity, ranging from an individual, a corporation or a society, to pre-emptively prepare for sudden disruptions that were unpredicted, to recover from them and then to take advantage of new opportunities produced by the disruption for further growth and expansion. It is the latter part of this equation that the author terms as the “resilience dividend.” Thus, although it is critical for the affected entities to return to “normal functioning” following a major disruption such as a catastrophic terrorist attack, earthquake, hurricane or financial collapse, one of the crucial benefits of the “resilience dividend” is that it enables organizations that are truly resilient to significantly transform themselves in a beneficial manner “even when disruptions are not occurring.”

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