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Resilience 3.0 

surviving & thriving in 2, 3, 4, 5 degrees


As the world approaches climate chaos – extreme heat, storm, flood, drought, landslides, pests and pandemics – the collective RESILIENCE has never been so topical.

We also know that the simple resilience – bouncing back to the system of exploitation and inequality which produces the problem – is not a real answer.  So we look for systemic and transformative resilience – not just bouncing back but ‘forward’…

So is this a resilience of individuals, or a resilience of cities and regions, or of whole systems such as capitalism?  and would that mean a transformation in how all parts of society learn, think ahead, innovate and collaborate – i.e. a bigger picture, a collective resilience intelligence’??  This program aims to explore…


2024 forum 

26th June 1300 on-site & online

This Resilience Forum is in a long running program of exchange and co-creation, on the general theme of ‘collective resilience intelligence’, or Resilience 3.0.

In this session we welcome Prof. Jorge Inzulza of the University of Chile, for an overview of resilient civic design for the elderly and in seismic high risk zones.

This then opens up an interactive process of case study mapping of the ‘collective resilience intelligence’.  We aim to generate insights and ideas for future projects and collaborations.  


  • 1300:   Introductions
  • 1315:   Guest speaker: Prof. Jorge Inzulza, University of Chile
  • 1330:   Resilience 3.0 update: Joe Ravetz
  • 1340:   Interactive 1: problem / vulnerability mapping
  • 1400:   Interactive 2: pathway / resilience mapping
  • 1415:   Review & implications
  • 1430:   Close


(This follows on the PPEM seminar at 1200, in the same room, also with lunch:  Dr. Marie Geraldine Herrmann Lunecke, Associate Professor, Universidad de Chile & Researcher, Centre for Sustainable Urban Development, CEDEUS.  The challenges of everyday activities in hostile public spaces. The case of older persons’ walking in central neighbourhoods of Santiago, Chile.

The case study options include:

  1. Greater Manchester climate change resilience
  2. Resilient civic design in Santiago de Chile.

The mapping method takes place in small groups, with templates based on

  • Problems / vulnerabilities: pathways / resilience:
  • Social, technical, environmental, economic, policy, cultural domains (‘STEEPC’)
  • System levels: functional & synergistic, with key actors & factors



2023 workshop

The Forum in 2023 was in the form of a workshop for the China-UK project on ‘international resilient cities’, with guest speaker Kathy Oldham, GMCA Chief Resilience Officer.  See project page on Eco-wise resilient cities

2022 workshop

The Forum in 2023 was in the form of a workshop in the Eco-war program on the interaction of climatic tipping points with societal tipping points i.e. war. See project page on Foresight 3.0 for WW3.0

2021 forum

This workshop was about pushing systems to the limits – as seen in 2021 with fires in Turkey and Canada – floods in China or Germany – cyclones / hurricanes in India & New York… could Manchester be next??

This event is part of the University of Manchester program on ‘Climate Questions – feeding into the COP26 in November – from the University ranked #1 for contribution to the SDGs.  It also follows from the synthesis workshop with the UKRI  ‘Towards a Sustainable Earth’  program and feeds into the Adaptation Research Alliance


As part of the Eco-wise program we explore such concepts of Resilience 3.0 from multiple angles, with a series of inter-connected events, projects, and teaching initiatives-

  • Bio-regional 3.0questions on urban-rural linkages & territorial systems
  • Green new deal 3.0: questions on transition pathways, net zero exchanges, adaptation vs mitigation
  • Peri-eco-urban 3.0): with questions on urban-rural linkages, complexity & order in chaos


On a parallel track we explore some fundamentals on research in the ‘real world’ – how to study complex systems where everything is in dynamic change – how to understand ‘adaptation’ which is entangled with inequality, corruption, livelihood, etc.

With these practical examples we aim to explore & sketch pathways, from the current crises, towards potential opportunity – i.e. a workable Resilience 3.0

Time: Thursday 14th October 1600 BST: online 

  • 1) panel discussion 1600-1700
  • 2) interactive workshop 1700-1800 (separate link tbc)

The panel includes: 

  • Joe Ravetz (host): towards a ‘collective resilience intelligence’ – quick tour of the Mind Lab & experimental zone in progress; 
  • Sarah Webb, Natural Environment Research Council:  research for ‘real world’ complexity & the Adaptation Research Alliance;
  • Lakshmi Rajendra, UCL:  challenges of urban sprawl in the global South, marginalised communities, environment & health.
  • Angela Connelly, Manchester School of Architecture:  creative-experiential co-design for new forms of resilience.
  • Grace Githiri, UN Habitat:  urban-rural linkages and the new agenda for territorial intelligence. 



Resilience 3.0 folder:  slides & materials