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The Resilience Shift’s Executive Director, Seth Schultz and Arup’s Sara Candiracci led a session, hosted by SDU.Resilience, at BLOXHUB’s Summer School.

Their webinar, Learning from crisis, resilient leadership and positive transformation, is the 2nd webinar of the series “˜Urban resilience. Facing global crisis at the time of pandemic’ is a collaborative initiative between The Resilience Shift and Arup, and it will tackle various aspects of the Covid-19 crisis, and its implications for cities and private sector organisations. The focus of the webinar is on the role of leadership and opportunities for transformation through the unique perspective of children.

The webinar video is available below.


The session took place on Monday 1 June 2020 with the Webinar at 16.30 – 18.30 CET / 15.30 – 17.30 BST / 10.30 – 12.30 EST, followed by a closed discussion with the summer school’s participants at 18.40 – 19.00 CET / 17.40 – 18.00 BST / 12.40 – 13.00 EST.

Find out more at the link: Learning from crisis, resilient leadership and positive transformation,

Pre-session event notices

Panellists Sara Candiracci, PhDArup and Seth Schultz, The Resilience Shift, and moderator is Monica Pandele, MBA, MPA Presidio Graduate School.

The two speakers will discuss different aspects of the Covid-19 crisis, and its implications for cities and private sector organisations.  The common theme is the role of leadership in grasping the opportunity that the crisis presents, to emerge positively, and transform our urban systems from infrastructure to urban spaces. Decisions that are made now will have long term implications for resilience.

Seth Schultz, Executive Director, The Resilience Shift, will share details of our ongoing study of Resilient Leadership giving insights into decision-making in times of crisis, and the lessons that are emerging.

Sara Candiracci will discuss opportunities for the transformation of urban centres, through the unique perspective of children and what this means for the broader society. On 1st June, traditionally Children’s Day in many countries, this provides fresh insights into how our built environment could be better for everyone.

Dr Sara Candiracci is an Associate Director at Arup. She is an urban planner, programme manager and social researcher with more than 17 years of professional experience in the field of inclusive and resilient urban development and planning, with a focus on vulnerable urban contexts. She currently leads the Inclusive and Resilient Cities portfolio of Arup International Development, including the work on child-centred design and planning.

Both speakers will be available for a moderated question and answer session after their talks, sharing their views on how decision-makers can balance multiple priorities in these challenging times.

Having moved online, the BLOXHUB Summer School on Urban Resilience includes a series of 10 webinars entitled: Urban Resilience: Facing global crisis at the time of pandemic.

From 28 May- 26 June the webinars take place twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays.

The series is intended as a space for an emergent dialog between policymakers, researchers, and practitioners debating how urban resilience can increase the ability of urban systems to respond to major global crises.

They will focus on analysing how cities have been affected and responded to the current global pandemic crisis we are experiencing, and what we can learn from this crisis that can be applied, operationally and normatively, for responding to other concurrent global challenges, including climate change, making cities more resilient.

Through interactive lectures and diverse panel discussions, this webinar series will debate on ways to design future urban systems, with adequate levels of preparedness and response to crises in the short and long term.

The webinar series also serves the capacity building course”¯BLOXHUB Summer School on Urban Resilience 2020.”¯It is organized as an activity of the”¯International Urban Resilience Academy“¯coordinated by the”¯University of Southern Denmark, in partnership with: BLOXHUB, The Resilience Shift, Arup, Aalborg University, UN-Habitat, ICLEI, UNESCO – IHP, UNESCO Chair on Sustainability at UPC, UNDRR,  ICCCAD, WWF, GERICS, CTC-N, IUAV, TU Delft, NURI, POLITO – R3C, RECNET, ADPC, Adapt-Chile, and ICL.

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