City of Boston

Equitable and Resilient Cities: Why We’re in Boston

This week, 100 Resilient Cities joins the City of Boston to focus on the critical intersection of racial equity and urban resilience.

In cities around the world, racial inequity leads to significant disparities in economic, social, and environmental outcomes, as well as disproportionate impacts on communities after disasters. To build resilience, to improve quality of life for residents in both good times and bad, cities must confront racial divisions, institutional bias, and other issues that lead to inequitable outcomes for communities.

That’s why we’re kicking off a Network Exchange on Equitable and Resilient Cities today. We’ll be joined by Chief Resilience Officers and city leaders from 9 cities around the global 100RC network, partners, experts, and Boston city and community leaders over the next three days to engage in this critical conversation.

Through the policies, programs, and projects they advance, and by partnering with fellow cities, partners from various sectors, and the residents they serve, cities have a real opportunity to lead the way in meaningfully addressing racial disparities, promoting inclusivity, and strengthening social cohesion.

From exploring Boston as a living laboratory to advance resilience at a neighborhood level to collaborating on multi-benefit solutions at work in cities today, we hope to work together to advance a shared understanding of racial equity as a key driver of city resilience and curate a body of tactical knowledge to help cities around the world promote resilience initiatives that advance racial equity across numerous policy areas

Through the 100RC Network Exchange program, we enable Chief Resilience Officers and practitioners from our member cities to come together around the common resilience challenges that their cities face. The Network Exchange allows CROs and city leaders, partners and other experts to bring tangible ideas and solutions back to their cities, and opens up roads to new innovations and collaborations that will benefit cities around the world.

Learn more about what we learned from past Network Exchanges, including Melbourne and Athens.

We’re looking forward to sharing more this week. Stay tuned.