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12:08PM

(RESILIENT BLOG) Making It Hardest For The Most Resilient Among Us

HUMANITY HAS TRANSFORMED THE NATURE OF LIVING OVER THE PAST CENTURY, ROUGHLY DOUBLING LIFE EXPECTANCY AT BIRTH AND THUS SHIFTING THE MEAN AGE RADICALLY UPWARD. This changes the structure of all societies, albeit at uneven paces. Globally, the worker-to-elder-dependent ratio was 12:1 in 1950, dropping only to 9:1 in the year 2000. But with globalization's profound expansion over the last 25 years, we're looking at a ratio of just 4:1 in 2050 (per the UN). That's an amazing burden shift that will be accommodated by people working later in life, technology and productivity advances, and — most crucially — the proper harnessing of youth as future labor. The big problem? Most of those youth are located in the emerging South, where a 10:1 ratio will still exist in 2050, whereas the advanced West will be looking at an untenable 2:1 ratio ...

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3:56PM

(RESILIENT BLOG) The Internet of Things: Resistance Is Futile, But Resilience Is Fruitful

 

CONTINUING LAST FRIDAY'S THEME OF WHO'S-SPYING-ON-YOU, A DISTURBING ARTICLE FROM CBS NEWS HIGHLIGHTS HOW YOUR SMART PHONE CAN BE USED AGAINST YOU IN A VARIETY OF CRIMINAL/NEFARIOUS WAYS. What this reminds us is that, per the security expert cited in the story, we're all basically carrying around a mini personal computer in our pockets all day long, and that can be as disastrously hacked as any desk or laptop. Indeed, it can be far worse because of the camera, video, and recording capacities that we tend to view primarily as standard technologies kluged together in one unit, when they're all – to varying degrees – accessible to hackers via the software.

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3:56PM

(RESILIENT BLOG) How Climate Change Truly Tests Human Resilience Is By Pitting Middle Earth Against the Poles

YES, IT IS COMPLETELY UNFAIR THAT THE INDUSTRIAL NORTH, WHICH IS MOST RESPONSIBLE FOR GLOBAL WARMING, WILL RECEIVE MOST OF ITS BENEFITS, WHILE THE SOUTH, EAGER NOW TO ACHIEVE SIMILAR LEVELS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, WILL BE MOST HAMPERED BY CLIMATE CHANGE. And yes, this disparity will cause a great deal of political-military tension between that equatorially-centric band and the rest of humanity. We see an early version of this already in the migratory flows from central and north Africa, across the Mediterranean, into Europe. You may think it's all about civil strife in Libya and Syria, and there's plenty of that, but the consistent, long-term pressure of bodies heading north is more about climate-change-fueled desertification than anything else, reflecting the fact that it's growing harder to live in those regions ...

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12:36PM

(RESILIENT BLOG) How Resilient's Industry Mapping Covers Both DHS (Critical Sectors) and Thomson Reuters' (Economic Sectors) Schemata (GRAPHIC)

THE ABOVE GRAPHIC IS PRESENTED AS A COMPILATION OF PREVIOUSLY POSTED VIDEOS THAT INDIVIDUALLY COMPARE RESILIENT CORPORATION'S SCHEMA WITH THOSE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THOMSON REUTERS.

The slide displays how Resilient's 18-industry schema covers both the public sector-centric approach of DHS and the private sector-centric approach of Thomson Reuters.

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3:20PM

(RESILIENT BLOG) Western Hemisphere's Shale Men as Oil Industry's New "World Swing Producers"?

 

FASCINATING BRIEFING IN A RECENT ECONOMIST (23 JAN 16) ADDS A NEW TWIST TO AN ARGUMENT I'VE BEEN RECENTLY ADVANCING ON HOW NORTH AMERICA'S EMERGING ENERGY INDEPENDENCE DRAMATICALLY REDEFINES ITS OWN SENSE OF ECONOMIC RESILIENCE AND – ULTIMATELY – AMERICA'S GLOBAL SECURITY PERSPECTIVE. Think of the future as mostly about energy and water, with the latter accounting for food production. Any country seeking to ensure its economic resilience going forward wants to be either rich in both, or rich in secure access to both. This is essentially where China is weakest now and in coming decades (hence the aggressive military behavior on display off its coast), because it must import both food and energy in ever increasingly amounts (and overwhelmingly via seaborne trade). This is also where America (and North America in general) is strongest now and in coming decades, relative to just about every great power out there – save perhaps Russia. But even there, America has little reason to unduly worry about the widely-perceived renewal of strategic rivalry with Moscow, which invariably becomes China's economic vassal on that basis . . .

 

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5:26PM

(RESILIENT BLOG) Uber's Legal and Regulatory Exposure Radically Escalates With Michigan Driver's Shooting Rampage

THE OUT-OF-THE-BLUE SHOOTING RAMPAGE BY A 45-YEAR-OLD UBER DRIVER (KILLING SIX, SERIOUSLY WOUNDING TWO) IN MICHIGAN ACCELERATES THE RIDE-SHARE COMPANY'S LONG-RUNNING P.R. NIGHTMARE OVER THE CRIMINAL ACTS OF ITS "INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS," EVEN AS THE COMPANY'S CONTRACTUAL FINE PRINT KEEPS IT IN THE LEGAL CLEAR REGARDING VICTIMS. To be clear here: the alleged shooter didn't shoot his fares but shot bystanders at various locations in-between fares, so none of the victims were Uber customers. And, if he had done all this during his off-hours, the connection to Uber would be significantly weakened (mentally ill or violent people work for all sorts of companies).  But the fact that he interspersed his shootings with Uber fares is decidedly spooky for a company that's already coming under fire from a variety of legal and regulatory angles ...

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5:17PM

(RESILIENT VIDEO) Comparing Resilient Corporation's Industry Schema with Thomson-Reuters' "Economic Sectors"

The embedded video, found on Resilient Corporation's YouTube channel, explains how our method for cataloguing industry sectors –  in our Resilient Score/Index offerings –  compares to Thomson-Reuters mapping of a nation's "economic sectors." The video demonstrates that our resilience rating system encompasses the wide scope of Thomson-Reuters's market schema.


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5:38PM

(RESILIENT BLOG) Cultural Resilience in the Age of Globalization: Telling Your Own Stories, Your Own Way

THE NOTION THAT GLOBALIZATION RESULTS IN CULTURAL HOMOGENIZATION ONLY SEEMS TRUE DURING ITS INITIAL "INVASION," BUT, OVER TIME, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL PILLARS INVARIABLY RECLAIM THEIR HISTORIC CULTURAL INFLUENCE AND MARKET TURF. We in America tend to view this as a "reversal" of globalization's tide, when it is nothing of the sort. It's simply local populations accepting globalization's connectivity while repopulating its content, and, in doing so, rendering it more applicable, tolerable, and entertaining. I've made this point for many years in my writing: virtually everyone in the world welcomes globalization's connectivity, but many - if not most - have a problem with its content (particularly when it emanates from culturally free-wheeling America). A few nations deal with this content mismatch by censorship, bans, and the like. But the smarter cultures adopt the media/connectivity models and then fill them up with their own unique content - eventually exporting that content abroad ...

 

 

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11:57AM

(RESILIENT BLOG) The Future of Human Resilience - or Indulgence?

THERE WILL ALWAYS BE TWO TYPES OF HUMANS: THOSE WHO SEEK TO "SAVE" THEMSELVES AND THEIR FUTURE (BY LIVING CAREFULLY) AND THOSE WHO SEEK TO "SPEND" THEIR LIVES (AND LITERALLY THEIR BODIES) AS AGGRESSIVELY AS POSSIBLE. On the former, think of vegan ascetics; on the latter, think of career military or NFL players. There is no right choice – just the choice. To quote the heavy-metal band MetallicaMy lifestyle determines my death style. Except maybe now, thanks to emerging bio-technologies, it no longer will. At first glance, this is an unmitigated blessing: worn-out or diseased or damaged organs and bones replaced with organic replacements crafted from your own cells! But what happens to human behavior when people start to realize that today's extreme risks can be covered by emerging technological fixes? Are we suddenly braver? More foolhardy? More given to addictions? Less virtuous? In sum, does this form of new-school resilience (break it, replace it) somehow diminish the old-school variant (overcoming damage)?
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11:54AM

(RESILIENT BLOG) The Looming Social Burnout That is Demographic Aging 

EVERY CULTURE THE WORLD OVER BRAGS ABOUT HOW THEY RESPECT THEIR ELDERS, AND IT'S ALL TRUE – UP UNTIL A CERTAIN LEVEL OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IS ACHIEVED. It's a matter of numbers and living circumstances. In a traditional rural agrarian situation, elders are – quite frankly – not all that common. That's an exhausting life, typically not well managed with medical care. Those who make it into old age are prized for their wealth of experience and their ability to serve as extra caregivers with children. But then economic development happens and all that is turned upside down ...

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11:50AM

(RESILIENT BLOG) Apogee of MSM Hyperbole on Global Conflict - Aleppo Battle as "Mini World War"

PERCEPTIONS MATTER WHEN IT COMES TO RESILIENCE – A RATHER NIETZSCHEAN CONCEPT IN AND OF ITSELF (DIFFICULT SITUATIONS FOSTERING SKILL-GROWTH).  One cannot be a Chicken Little and resilient, as problems must be examined with a clear eye toward their scale and surmount-ability. You can't be squealing "game over! game over!" into the camera lens and expect to foster anything but panic – the white flag of resilience ...

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11:53AM

(RESILIENT BLOG) Resilient Families --> Resilient Employees --> Resilient Companies (That Earn Better)

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU HEARD THE OLD CORPORATE BIT ABOUT HOW "OUR PEOPLE ARE OUR GREATEST STRENGTH"?  What executives really mean when they trot that out is that their human capital is highly resilient – a concept that encompasses company loyalty in a big way. Compared to brand, products, services, physical plant, company rules and procedures, etc., your employees are the one asset that can most rapidly adjust to truly disruptive change. Everything else takes time to reconfigure, relaunch, re-something, but your people can alter their behaviors at great speed – if properly incentivized to value the firm's survival and success above their own instinctive need to stick to what they know/are comfortable doing/etc. Their ability to successfully engage and surmount risks and emergencies is whatever gets you(r enterprise) through the night – however defined ...

 

 

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5:39PM

(RESILIENT BLOG) When Wal-Mart Leaves Your Small Town, So Does a Great Deal of Your Community's Resilience

ONCE DEMONIZED AS DOWNTOWN-KILLING MACHINE, A NOW-OVEREXTENDED WAL-MART'S RETREAT FROM SMALL-TOWN AMERICA WILL EXTINGUISH THE MOST VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES.  Many small towns give up the ghost when they lose their local hospital, a sure sign that there's no longer enough local dollars to sustain a high-priced facility and its personnel.  But when big-box, rock-bottom-prices Wal-Mart gives up on your town, it's actually far worse, because now the people with the least disposable income - and often no car - are now locked out of their primary source of just-getting-by consumption.  Stand outside a Wal-Mart sometime and see who walks up (sans car), or bikes there, or is forced to take a bus or taxi to the store, only to come out an hour later with bags of virtually everything they'll consume over the coming weeks, and you'll be looking at the most vulnerable of the 99 percent in America. Because, when Wal-Mart pulls up stakes within their small universe, they've got nowhere else they can go for anything close to the same buying power (and no, the truly vulnerable don't shop much online) ...

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11:08AM

(RESILIENT BLOG) Political Resilience Is Being Confident To Face Ugly Truths, Knowing Your System Will Survive The Encounter

AFTER AMERICA RODE A TIDAL WAVE OF ECONOMIC INTEGRATION AND EXPANSION FOLLOWING ITS CIVIL WAR (MOVING RAPIDLY FROM A SECTIONAL ECONOMY TO A TRULY CONTINENTAL ONE), A FRIGHTENING STRETCH OF BOOMS AND BUSTS IGNITED A LENGTHY PROGRESSIVE ERA (BREAKING FOR THE ROARIN' TWENTIES) WHEN POLITICAL ACTORS FROM BOTH PARTIES SOUGHT SYSTEMIC REFORMS - LEST THE COUNTRY SUCCUMB TO THE SORT OF RADICALISM LOOMING IN EUROPE (SEE FALLOUT OF WWI, CAUSES OF WWII). It was a frightening journey in many ways, with worried leaders concerned that the very nature of American democracy was at stake. But this is the usual price to be paid in return for a radical and lengthy expansion of economic activity, and it's one the world faces today after that quarter-century-plus boom that ended in 2008-09 and left the global economy with a bad hangover of toxic debt that is still largely to be processed ...

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11:15AM

(RESILIENT BLOG) Bruce Schneier's Notion of the "World-Sized Web" - Prepare to Be Blown Away

THE BEST "LEFT-HANDED" COMPLIMENT I'VE EVER RECEIVED ON MY WORK IS, "YOU'VE ARTICULATED SO WELL ALL THESE THINGS I'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT AND SAYING - FOR YEARS!"  I call that compliment "left-handed" (an old phrase) because, at first blush, you're tempted to say, "Well, that makes me sound not very original and I most certainly am!" But, in truth, if you're in the business of being a "guru" or "visionary" or just somebody who thinks systematically about the future and likes to think they're good at it (where I fall), this is the best sort of compliment you can receive.  Why? Because, if your ideas are truly contagious and transferrable and accessible, they should tap into all sorts of broader notions out there that others are pondering too. If your "vision" is yours and yours alone, it won't "travel." But, if you can organize and codify a range of prevalent-but-complex ideas out there in a way that makes them truly know-able on a broad scale, then you've actually accomplished something ...

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2:47PM

(PRESS RELEASE) Resilient Corporation Congratulates Winners of HUD's National Disaster Resilience Competition

Washington DC, 3 February 2016 - Late last month the White House announced "historic commitments to build climate resilient communities." These state, county and city winners of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's National Disaster Resilience Competition will receive a "combined $1 billion in disaster recover funds to rebuild and better prepare for future extreme weather and other climate change impacts." The awards range from $15 million (State of New Jersey) to $176 million (City of New York), and the 13 recipient governments have all recently withstood extreme weather events (hurricane, flood) or periods (drought) that put their public-sector's resilience to the test. The Obama Administration likewise announced the expansion of the Resilience AmeriCorps and Climate Action Champions programs, with those new benefits flowing to those competition finalists that did not receive federal awards ...

 

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6:07PM

(RESILIENT BLOG) The World's Most Resilient Cities, Viewed Through the Lens of Real Estate

LEAVING BEHIND THE LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! MICRO-MINDSET OF EVALUATING REAL ESTATE, A PROMINENT GLOBAL PROPERTY FIRM PULLS BACK ITS LENS TO RATE CITIES FROM THE WIDER PERSPECTIVE OF INVESTMENT RISK, BALANCING OBSERVED VULNERABILITY AGAINST DISPLAYED ADAPTABILITY. The results are fascinating, revealing the sort of in-depth appreciation of an industry sector that can be achieved when objective measures are systematically applied - something in which we at Resilient Corporation are deep believers ...

 

 

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12:07PM

(RESILIENT BLOG) The Stunning Cancer Experiment That Is China, And How It Might Just Improve The World

IF NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION, THEN TRAGEDY IS THE MOTHER OF RESILIENCE. Right now China, home to 19% of the world's population, is enduring a national tragedy when it comes to environmental pollution delivering carcinogens to the citizenry, who, in turn, now suffer extraordinary cancer rates. That's the bad news. The good new is that China, like so many economic "risers" before it, is certain to surmount its local pollution issues as its per-capita income reaches that level - seen in previously industrialized nations like the UK and the US - when the public begins to prefer a cleaner environment more than that next additional bit of income ...

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10:54AM

(RESILIENT BLOG) The Difficulty of Rating Complex Organizations And Their Behaviors

OVERSEAS REMITTANCES (MONEY SENT HOME BY WORKERS ABROAD) ARE ONE OF GLOBALIZATION'S GREAT ECONOMIC "LUBRICANTS," ALLOWING LABOR FROM LESS-CONNECTED COUNTRIES TO "COMMUTE" TO THOSE BETTER-CONNECTED ECONOMIES WHERE MORE EARNING POWER IS FOUND. It is, in many ways, a "poor man's" way to connect a household to better functioning parts of the global economy. No, it's not new. It's just gotten a whole lot more important in recent years and decades for countries on the periphery of globalization's core. Their national economies might be weakly connected to opportunity, but these workers surmount that by being willing to go to where the work is ...

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10:49AM

(PRESS RELEASE) CRA Partners with Resilient Corporation as Newest Strategic Distributor of Resilient Scores

Washington DC, 28 January 2016 – CRA Inc., a nationally-recognized homeland security and emergency management firm headquartered in northern Virginia, recently signed a strategic distribution agreement with Vienna-based Resilient Corporation, owner/operator of the organizational Resilient Score™ and cross-industry Resilient Index™ ...

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