Resilience Dividends

Resilience dividends are additional benefits derived from solving a community resilience problem.

Create a solution

Work together to implement solutions for withstanding shock or stress more effectively.

Improve systems & capabilities

The resilience solution invariable involves expanding community capacity to adapt and respond.

Reap additional benefits

Resilience dividends come in the form of added efficiencies, social cohesion, economic prosperity, and environmental security.


"Resilience Dividends: Building resilience creates two aspects of benefits: it enables individuals, communities, and organizations to better withstand a disruption more effectively, and it enables them to improve their current systems and situations. But it also enables them to build new relationships, take on new endeavors and initiatives and reach out for new opportunities, ones that may never have been imagined before. This is the resilience dividend."

-Dr. Judith Rodin
Author, The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong

A Moment of Inspiration

My hope is that KER will bring together all the forces to help us to be prepared for all of the resilience events we're going to be facing in the decades ahead because they're going to be many, they're going to be powerful, and they're going to be something that we're going to have to learn to turn to our advantage.

Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt

Scottsdale's Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt exemplifies the resilience dividend

This world-renowned flood-control system uses greenspaces instead of unsightly concrete channels to solve for water overflow while reaping additional environmental benefits: miles of recreational amenities for parks, lakes, picnic grounds, and bike trails. Our Council of Resilience Leaders awarded The City of Scottsdale's Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt as the inaugural recipient of our annual Resilience Prize.

Read more about the Resilience Prize

"It is really time to highlight this greenbelt and the ways in which a community can come together for decision making that has a positive impact in so many different ways."

Elizabeth Wentz
Director, Knowledge Exchange for Resilience