Resilience Solutions

Safeguarding societal well-being and prosperity in the face of mounting risks of disruption and destruction depends on our individual and collective efforts to enhance resilience

Applying Our Research

At the Global Resilience Institute (GRI), we focus on applied research that helps companies and communities to become more resilient so that they can thrive in the face of inevitable shocks and disruptions. GRI supports resilience-building efforts with these unique capabilities:

 

GRI Resilience Enhancement System

GRI has a practical, evidence-based process to work closely with communities to increase their resilience by:

  • Analyzing community strengths and areas of potential fragility in the context of community risk profiles and resulting vulnerabilities in the areas of built infrastructure, natural environment, economic conditions and social capital. Importantly, this analysis includes a thorough examination of system interdependencies and the associated potential for cascading failures.
  • Recommending to the community known successful resilience practices that improve their economic competitiveness and strengthen their social capital.

Resilience Education and Training

GRI offers customized executive, management, and staff level resilience training to companies, non-profit organizations, and public-sector entities.

GRI’s programs combine the latest global research with world-class education program design and delivery. The result is a workforce that is empowered to understand, prioritize, and apply the best resilience principles and solutions for managing multi-dimensional risks.

Vetted Resilience Technology Solutions

GRI identifies, assesses, and advises on resilience supporting technology solutions of all types. These solutions include:

  • Decision-support tools especially tailored for mitigating and managing hazards.
    • Example: Drones equipped with advanced sensors and AI algorithms to automatically assess the condition of critical infrastructure before and after a disaster.
    • Example: Social media software that monitors and predicts individual and community resilience during and after a disaster.
    • Example: A network of devices that can be deployed to remotely monitor and guide the efficient management of flood protection systems.
  • State-of-the-art analysis tools based on new approaches in data and network science.
    • Example: Combining publicly available datasets with geospatial data to predict population resilience.
    • Example: Using applied data and computational science to model the impact of extreme weather events on infrastructure systems.

Business Continuity & Recovery Planning (BCRP) and Pre/Post Incident Planning and Assessment

GRI works with organizations of all types to define, refine, and test comprehensive all-hazard Business Continuity and Recovery Plans that minimize the impact of disruption and speed time to operational recovery. Additionally, GRI offers comprehensive Post-Incident Assessment to support building back “better and stronger” by identifying best practices for post-disaster adaptation.

For further information, please reach out to GRI Chief Technology Officer Mark Patterson at GRI@northeastern.edu