Books on National Resilience

The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong  by Judith Rodin

Building resilience—the ability to bounce back more quickly and effectively—is an urgent social and economic issue. Our interconnected world is susceptible to sudden and dramatic shocks and stresses: a cyber-attack, a new strain of virus, a structural failure, a violent storm, a civil disturbance, an economic blow. Through an astonishing range of stories, Judith Rodin shows how people, organizations, businesses, communities, and cities have developed resilience in the face of otherwise catastrophic challenges.

Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back  by Andrew Zolli and Anne Marie Healy

In times of upheaval, why do some people, communities, companies and systems thrive, while others fall apart? That’s the question at the heart of an exciting new field, and an urgent new agenda for the 21st century. In Resilience, Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy bring you important scientific discoveries, pioneering social innovations, and vital new approaches to constructing a more resilient future. You may never look at your world, your organization, or yourself the same way again.

The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation by Stephen Flynn

Americans are in denial when it comes to facing up to how vulnerable our nation is to disaster, be it terrorist attack or act of God. We have learned little from the cataclysms of September 11 and Hurricane Katrina. When it comes to catastrophe, America is living on borrowed time-and squandering it. In this new book, leading security expert Stephen Flynn issues a call to action, demanding that we wake up and prepare immediately for a safer future.

The truth is acts of terror cannot always be prevented, and nature continues to show its fury in frighteningly unpredictable ways. Resiliency, argues Flynn, must now become our national motto. With chilling frankness and clarity, Flynn paints an all too real scenario of the threats we face within our own borders. A terrorist attack on a tanker carrying liquefied natural gas into Boston Harbor could kill thousands and leave millions more of New Englanders without power or heat. The destruction of a ship with a cargo of oil in Long Beach, California, could bring the West Coast economy to its knees and endanger the surrounding population. But even these all-too-plausible terrorist scenarios pale in comparison to the potential destruction wrought by a major earthquake or hurricane.

A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster by Rebecca Solnit

Why is it that in the aftermath of a disaster- whether manmade or natural-people suddenly become altruistic, resourceful, and brave? What makes the newfound communities and purpose many find in the ruins and crises after disaster so joyous? And what does this joy reveal about ordinarily unmet social desires and possibilities?

In A Paradise Built in Hell, award-winning author Rebecca Solnit explores these phenomena, looking at major calamities from the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco through the 1917 explosion that tore up Halifax, Nova Scotia, the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. She examines how disaster throws people into a temporary utopia of changed states of mind and social possibilities, as well as looking at the cost of the widespread myths and rarer real cases of social deterioration during crisis. This is a timely and important book from an acclaimed author whose work consistently locates unseen patterns and meanings in broad cultural histories.

Articles on Preparedness & Response

Health and Medical Response to Active Shooter and Bombing Events

Report on Leadership of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing Response

Framework for Community Response to an Extended Electrical Grid Outage: Generating Resilience through Leadership, Operations, and Collaboration

2010 Tale of Our Cities Report

The Success Paradox — Part I

The Success Paradox — Part II

The CLEAD Scale: Measuring the Efficacy of Leaders to Assess Information and Make Decisions in a Crisis From Leadership Quarterly.

The Public’s Preparedness for Hurricane Preparedness

Threat of Terrorism: Weighing Public Safety in Seattle (Case #1648.0 & 1648.1)

Charting a Course in the Storm (Anthrax) (Case #1692.0)

White Powder in Georgia: Responding to Cases of Suspected Anthrax After 9/11

Rudy Giuliani: The Man and His Moment

Emergency Response System Under Duress: The Public Health Fight to Contain SARS in Toronto (Case #1792.0, 1793.0 & 1793.1)

Security Planning for the 2004 Democratic National Convention (Case #1807.0, 1808.0 & 1808.1)

Hurricane Katrina (A): Preparing for “The Big One” in New Orleans (Case #1843.0)

Wal-Mart’s Response to Hurricane Katrina: Striving for a Public-Private Partnership (Case #1876.0 & 1876.1)

Hurricane Katrina (B): Responding to an “Ultra-Catastrophe” in New Orleans (Case #1844.0)

Hurricane Katrina (C): Responding to an “Ultra-Catastrophe” in New Orleans, Abridged (Case #1916.3)

Essentials for any Leader’s Bookshelf

Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Charge by Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus

Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships by Daniel Goleman

Leadership Without Easy Answers by Ronald Heifetz

Followership: How Followers Are Creating Change and Changing Leaders by Barbara Kellerman

The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow by John C. Maxwell

The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us and What we Can do About It by Joshua Cooper Ramo