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Radar, Shield, and Sword

In the face of natural disaster and economic turmoil RESILIENCE is moving up on the agenda of organizations and communities – and ultimately it matters to all of us: how do we as individuals cope with unexpected impacts in an increasingly uncertain reality?

To provide answers to some of these questions the Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies has put together an extensive members report in cooperation with Novozymes and DBI. As one of the authors I was very excited to share our insights at a CIFS event yesterday in Copenhagen. Our resilience message pivots around 3 key concepts: the radar, the shield and the sword.

Radar – future savviness, foresighting and early warning systems

Shield – risk management, plan & react in the face of crisis

Sword – Innovation, proactively seizing opportunities resulting from shocks and disruption

As strategic guidance, this is a crisp & clear formula - however its implementation into praxis is a complex and challenging task. Depending on your community, industry or organization, your resilience strategy will look differently. Also, the notion that resilience does not come for free is not a message that goes unchallenged in times of weak economic growth when the focus is on cost savings and productivity optimization.

Discussing with CIFS members, we found that we have a lot of good praxis to share with each other on questions like:

We look forward to make a white paper on the report publicly available soon.


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