Dr. Judith Rodin, President, and Robert Garris, Managing Director of The Rockefeller Foundation examine the concept of resilience.This essay is based on prior research done by several colleagues at The Rockefeller Foundation, including Heather Grady, Claudia Juech, Anna Brown, Ashvin Dayal, Bethany Martin-Breen, Stefan Nachuk, Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, and Fern Uennatornwaranggoon.
We live in a world of increasing dynamism and volatility, where technology and greater interconnectedness have accelerated change and altered the way people live. Since the 1970s, the world population has grown by 75%, adding 3 billion people since 1974. In the same period, people around the world have become much more connected in many ways. To name but one example, last year about half of the world’s countries reported cell phone penetration of over 100%, that is, more than one mobile phone per person. In the next 40 years, the planet will host more people who will be more connected physically and technologically than ever before, and they’ll be distributed around the world in new ways.