What it's about:
The construction of tight-knit social bonds has been shown to substantially enhance a community's climate resilience.
An article in The Resilience Journal shares the story of an adaptation leader working in climate resilience, Katie Miller, and introduces two online tools that help such practitioners build these human connections rapidly.
One is Knowledge Hub, a Facebook-like social network with robust features which can be used anywhere on the planet. The hub connects resilience leaders to enable and scale people-to-people connections and fast mobilisation at grassroots level.
The other is Neighborland, a service to engage citizens in planning decisions that involve resilience, thereby spreading awareness of adaptation and triggering neighbourhood connections further. Neighborland is a planning tool that can be used to enable a culture of resilience, according to its CEO Dan Parham.
Why it's noteworthy:
Given the little time the world has to become deeply resilient to catastrophic climate change, strong social bonds take centre stage in disaster risk management. But many people people don't know their neighbours, who live down the street or in their building, the article in The Resilience Journal notes.
When disaster strikes, evidence and logic show that those social ties are key, and the sooner we start developing them, the better, it argues. By harnessing tools such as Knowledge Hub and Neighborland, practitioners can deploy the power of human connection and participation to bolster resilience.
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The Resilience Journal