Partnering and innovating for resilience solutions

This solution addresses unexplored potential partnerships and innovation in Boulder, USA for local communities

Problem Description

Capitalize on the collective problem solving and creativity of Boulder’s community by leveraging advances in data, research and observations to address emerging resilience challenges. In order to make the most informed decisions about the future, Boulder needs a better understanding of the changes taking place around us. The city must develop the ability to anticipate changes to proactively address emerging challenges. Rapid evolutions in remote sensing, data architecture and mobile technology now allow us to design integrated monitoring and observations systems to create new insights into the world and community. By using the power of people and place, tapping into vast research and educational resources, the city will develop the data, observation systems and partnerships necessary to understand and predict forces of change across social, economic and environmental factors, as well as create new opportunities for engagement from a wide range of stakeholders.

Building Blocks

Story

"Partnering and innovating for resilience solutions" is 1 of 3 goals of Boulder's Resilience Strategy. Building on a legacy of frontier innovation, Boulder will cultivate a creative spirit to adapt to and thrive in a changing climate, economy, and society and in the face of increasing disruptions. Our strategy presents new actions to address gaps and weaknesses to create an integrated, strategic, and intentional approach to building resilience—through understanding our interlinked hazards, building on regional collaboration, fostering more resilient communities and government, and leveraging our history of planning innovation.

Resources

Organisations Involved

Contributed By

  • Greg Guibert, Chief Resilience Officer, Boulder Resilience Team

Solution Stage

One of the 7 stages of an innovation. Learn more
STAGE SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING FINANCE REQUIRED KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED GOAL
Developing and testing3
Mix of design and implementation skills
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Service, product and process design
  • Co-design
  • User-design
  • Light-touch evaluation
  • Cost-benefit modelling
  • Randomised control trials
  • High failure rate should be an explicit expectation
  • Visible senior leadership essential
HIGH
  • Grants, convertible grants/loans
MEDIUM
A stronger case with cost and benefit projections developed through practical trials and experiments, involving potential users
Demonstration that the idea works, or evidence to support a reworking of the idea

Key Details

Activity