Working with CitiesEmbedding systems thinking approaches into city planning processes to unlock value and drive sustainable performance
City regions in the next 5 years
Of the world's city regions by 2030
Brokering investment and impactful solutions
- Increasing infrastructure productivity to reduce the need for investment by up to 40% through smart partnerships and performance based PPP investments.
- Improving management of resources and multi-hazard risk , including adverse impacts of climate change.
- Putting citizens’ wellbeing at the centre of planning and investment decisions.
- Scaling the approach to support the delivery of global sustainable development goals.
We offer cities access to a global marketplace of breakthrough technologies, services and policy solutions and integrate them into different modelling scenarios. This allows to test and compare the performance of a specific solution in the context of a particular project scenario to support procurement decisions.
Taking cities on a learning journey of transformational change
- Stakeholder & governance
- Policy, resilience & SDGs
- Procurement & project pipeline
- Research & knowledge
- Institutional capacity
- Priority needs/topics
- Prototype model data & tech requirements
- Access to funding
- Practical next steps
Results Matrix (RM)
- Regional priorities, focus area
- Prototyping & discovery
- Learning & capacity building
- Brokering solutions
- Data maturity support
- Rapid prototyping
- Topic-expert user group
- Model interoperability
- Enhanced data use & analytics
- Realistic simulation of a sector solution
- Finalised & adopted by project actors
- Investment proposal (outline)
- Integration of relevant solutions
Systems Modelling Platform
- Cloud-based software application for integrated systems modelling
- Enabling scenario testing to support project/service design and investment decisions
- Codeveloped with expert user group
- User Friendly interface: making complexity “accessible”
- Collaborative approach to “turning data into wisdom”
- Hackathon for introduction to city champions and and cross-sector leaders
Learning & Capacity Building
Training, knowledge sharing & Increasing learning power
Brokering investment & solutions
Connecting investment & innovations to bankable projects
An ambitious global initiative designed to support the transition to resilient development paths
The CHEER Approach
- inclusive valuation of ecosystems to inform planning for their preservation
- multi-hazard risk assessment
- circular economy approach to resources
Increasingly complex, interconnected global challenges
Deprioritises environmental and social elements and promotes siloed, sequential, short-term development.
CHEER systems health approach
Increasing investment and shared stakeholder value through interactive design, systems thinking and collaborative urban‑rural approaches.
The technology – resilience.io
Resilience Brokers approach to development is intended to overcome siloed thinking. We work with communities within city regions to provide the tools and support that will enable them to better understand the needs of their local economy, environment and society, which will contribute to more robust, transparent and accountable decision making processes.
The role of the collaboratory
- Engaging private, public, third, academic and community sectors
- Coordinating data collection or providing data
- Testing the model
- Helping to develop locally-relevant user interfaces
- Securing funding
- Developing eligibility criteria for projects applying to the Urban Development and Investment Fund
- Communications and dissemination
- Monitoring and evaluation
Because “business as usual” is no longer an option
Introducing key innovations
A holistic approach to systems change
Technology, business and social innovations, global scale up platform
Involvement of the world’s major Faith groups
To support this transformational change Programme, through a global mobilisation of their followers and by bringing forward significant faith-consistent investment–in line with their commitment to use their wealth to protect and improve “our sacred planet”.
New ways to engage with young people and the wider community
To broaden understanding of the Global Goals and empower young people and the wider community to lead change at the systems level (including a “gaming” version of resilience.io and a “societal platform” approach).
Financing the Global Goals in city regions
Bridging the investment gap
Bringing solutions to key challenges
Unprecedented capacity for global scalability
- Access to open data and pioneering modelling technology.
- Multiplying impact through Partners and supporters’ global networks.
- Engagement and mobilisation of young people and communities, globally.
- Access to finance and tools to develop a pipeline of bankable projects in all city regions.
- Planned open source release of the modelling platform with the aim to trigger a rapid scale up to 70% of all city regions in the world by 2030.
Accelerating positive impact
We are committed to accelerate the positive impacts of transforming cities into thriving communities for current and future generations, including the most vulnerable and least resourced.
Integration: City region, Earth systems and technology - resilience.io
- City-region scale integrated systems modelling of human, cultural, social, ecological health, including soils and nutrients, economics and resources.
- Earth scale integrated systems modelling of weather, climate, ocean, biosphere and landscape dynamics.
The intuitive user interfaces of resilience.io will provide easy access to and growing understanding of the complexities and planetary context of each city region. Integrated data systems and structures in city regions will add value by helping stakeholders identify areas where they can reduce development costs and ensure that we are on track to achieving our targets (eg., Global Goals metrics) Technology and social innovations will be modelled and made available through resilience.io Apps to enable other city regions to access and use them. This will give businesses, universities and entrepreneurs an added incentive to develop great ideas in their own city region, knowing the potential for scaling both locally and globally.
Intelligence: Knowledge and interdisciplinary research
- Global, sectoral and local research initiatives aimed to ‘plug the gaps’ in existing interdisciplinary research to support collaborative, evidence-based, systems-level interventions.
- Coordination across research institutions and councils–including integration across the social and natural sciences–to achieve maximum impact.
Through linking in local research, indigenous wisdom and citizen science and data, we will foster shared ownership and support the move from knowledge to action. This workstream will deliver impact and effective evaluations of the Programme’s interventions. It will also support the establishment of a global knowledge sharing network to feed learnings back into new practice.
Implementation: Collaboration, capacity and scaling
- Establish collaboratories (collaborative laboratories).
- Set up regional hubs to facilitate and scale city-region demonstrators.
Collaboratories will convene and network government, business, community, faith and academia communities in all 200 target city regions. Resilience Brokers will equip these cross-sector teams with the tools, training and support they need to work collaboratively to make informed decisions that reflect systems impacts that cascade across sectors. Collaboratories Activity will be coordinated through regional hubs which will contribute to capacity building, disciplined learning and innovation and practices that scales city regions, globally. Regional hubs will facilitate a number of city-region demonstrators–with the appropriate culture and language variations–to improve networking and collective learning. We therefore anticipate that different versions of the resilience.io platform will evolve locally to suit the needs of different cultures and regions.
Investment: Project aggregation, capital mobilisation and insurance
- Help to establish Urban Development Investment Funds (UDIFs) in city regions
- Aggregation of projects at city-region scale
- Private sector engagement
- Innovative funding model
UDIFs will enable the redirection of global capital flows into aggregations of resilient, risk-reduced initiatives to improve city-region development. We will engage the private sector through the promotion of innovations in project finance; insurance and risk-financing (including cooperative and mutual micro-finance and insurance); and the use of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Aggregation of projects at city-region scale is expected to reduce total investment cost to deliver the Global Goals by up to 40%*. Savings can be achieved through:
- decentralised energy supply and storage systems,
- integrating built environment change with urban mobility and human wellbeing,
- wastewater recycling and flood management linked to ecological restoration and redesigning, and
- recycling and reusing resources and existing assets within a circular economy.
(*Globally scaling up systems approaches to city region investment can reduce overall spending by up to 40% was a key finding of the analysis in: https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/capital-projects-and-infrastructure/our-insights/infrastructureproductivity)
Programme management and governance
Resilience Brokers Ltd will coordinate the delivery of the Resilience Brokers Programme. Operating within a governance structure of world leading expertise, we aim to foster a collaborative and emergent working environment to balance global reach with leading-edge practice.
The Resilience Brokers team brings in the expertise and experience required to deliver this global, groundbreaking Programme. We will apply particular assurance tools to ensure that all activities are delivered to the highest standards and meet targets and expectations of all stakeholders in city regions, global networks and Resilience Brokers Capital investors. Our work is guided by an independent group of world leading experts–the Resilience Brokers Independent Programme Board–which ensure that transparency, fairness and accountability are always at the heart of all our strategic decisions and operations.
Role of the Programme Management Team
To maintain effective and assured Programme management while building a global culture of best practice and to facilitate the collaborative working environment:
- Project establishment, governance, communications, online workflow platform and tools, partner working, detailed programme PERT–including mobilisation and recruitment.
- Regular Independent Programme Board meetings and Advisory Panel meetings.
- Maintain contracted links to Resilience Brokers Capital Ltd and flow of investment to inform Programme planning.
- Maintain Alliance contracted relationship with Resilience Brokers delivery partners and a functioning collaborative project delivery environment.
- Resilience Brokers induction programme development.
- Independent evaluation.