Timeline of Resilience Thinking in Action

Reflections from the RMEL CoP Director

Over the past decade, the concept of resilience has evolved from a discipline-specific, largely theoretical construct, to an increasingly inter-disciplinary, multi-sectoral practice. This process has been stimulated by the intellectual, innovation, and investment efforts of organizations and networks seeking to operationalize complex systems and adaptive thinking through the lens of measurement, research, evaluation and learning. Critical papers, events and initiatives mark milestones on this journey, as captured on the Timeline of Resilience Thinking in Action.

The story of the RMEL Community of Practice

During 2016, 50+ leaders in resilience measurement, evaluation and learning convened - in New York and in Rome – to explore innovations and advances in the analytical approaches, methods and tools being used to inform investments in resilience. Sharing resilience frameworks, analysis, and lessons learnt in resilience measurement, and identifying gaps and challenges in resilience measurement, evidence and learning as an emerging field, these founder members of the RMEL CoP saw the value of building a multi-network community of RMEL practice; one focused on Strengthening the Evidence Base for Resilience Investments

Today the RMEL CoP – with the support of The Rockefeller Foundation (2016-19) - is a diverse and growing community of over 250 members, drawn from 90+ organizations, motivated by a shared commitment to making resilience thinking actionable. The RMEL CoP has: convened in Kampala - hosted by the Resilient Africa Network (RAN) – and in New Orleans; made awards to four innovative collaborations among members; and hosted the RMEL Conference 2018.

Collectively as a community, and individually, within their organizations and sectoral networks, members are demonstrating that there is a ‘there, there’ in applied resilience thinking. In these times of complex change, uncertainty and increasingly frequent and high impact catastrophic events, actions to enhance resilience can increase the well-being of people and planet, as well as reduce the toll of human suffering and financial losses. 

Looking to 2020

RMEL is showing just how resilience matters. Now championed and hosted by the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), the RMEL CoP offers a unique network of experts and experience, demonstrating how to act on resilience across disciplines, sectors and geographies.

The challenge now is to shape the big investments in the name of resilience for all!

Join us for the next major milestone on this journey, Building a Resilient Future.

Timeline of Resilience Thinking in Action

The non-exhaustive timeline of critical milestones along this resilience journey has been created by members. Download the summary and click on the links to papers and web-sites.

If you would like to propose a publication, event, initiative or trend to be included on the timeline, please complete this form and the secretariat will integrate additions from time-to-time.