The Pacific Northwest Resilience Challenge forging ahead
Sustainable Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Resilience Challenge invites you to join us for a collective action strategy session next week.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m.-noon
The Challenge is a multi-year initiative to enhance regional resilience in the face of accelerating urban growth and threats from climate change, earthquakes and other disruptive phenomena. Launched at a day-long summit event in October, we engage large and small governments, businesses, nonprofits and investors in collaborative efforts to protect people, infrastructures and economies. The overarching Challenge goal is to help integrate and implement resilience planning and action throughout the region.
Since our summit, Challenge impact groups dedicated to making resilience a political priority, measurement, neighborhood/social equity, and communication and outreach have started assembling a map of stakeholders currently involved in resilience planning, and stakeholders who should be involved. At the same time, we have selected the top 10 resiliency issues identified during the summit.
Now, we aim to facilitate a system-wide, integrated, cross-sector approach to tackling these issues, and to prepare for a Challenge public launch this spring. This is where you come in.
In next week’s meeting, we will share with you our draft stakeholder map and top 10 resilience issues and then brainstorm with you, at a high level, some or all of the following:
- How might our stakeholder map be better expanded, deepened, refined and presented?
- Where do we already see – or know of – existing cross-sector, cross-discipline collaborations for resilience planning and action in our region, and where are there holes?
- What are the top 5 issues among the top 10 that provide the greatest opportunity – that promise the greatest return on investment of talent and capital – for cross-sector, cross-discipline collaboration and integration?
- Where might you like to plug in to help us take our map and issue action plan to the next level? (Every hour of volunteer time is valued.)
Sustainable Seattle is holding the Challenge over three years because we want to move ideas to action. We are very excited to be realizing this goal, thanks to contributions made during the summit and the hard work of our strategic impact group volunteer members. We look forward to hearing more of your ideas for accelerating momentum and deepening impact. If you weren’t present at the summit, we want very much to hear fresh perspectives.
See you next week! And if you can’t make it but want to contribute in some way, please don’t hesitate to contact us:
Terri Butler, Sustainable Seattle executive director and PNW Resilience Challenge lead
[email protected], 206-622-3522
Katia Blackburn, PNW Resilience Challenge communications strategy lead
[email protected], 206-781-2265