The word resilience appears in many forms: in music, on TV, in books. In each case, the use of the word is relative to a particular perspective or school of thought– but what IS resilience? A recent podcast produced by the group Future Cities interviews Resilience Engineering Institute COO Daniel Eisenberg to better understand resilience of engineered systems. In this episode, Future Cities also interviews urban resilience experts Dr. Nancy Grimm, a professor of ecology in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU) and a co-director of the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN), and Dr. Marta Berbes, a postdoctoral fellow in the UREx SRN. The podcast overviews resilience from all three perspectives – social, ecological, and technological (SET) to understand what resilience means from distinct disciplines.

Future Cities is a monthly podcast that aims to increase awareness of, and to catalyze action on, urban resilience. The show examines this topic by discussing ongoing research, highlighting current efforts, and sharing stories of resilience in cities across the world. By exploring a wide variety of perspectives, the show digs deep into understanding the many dimensions of resilience and the ways in which cities prepare themselves for the extreme weather events of tomorrow.