What’s “Resilience” ? Possible definitions:
“… Resilience is understood to mean the ability of an individual, a household, a community, a country or a region to prepare for, to withstand, to adapt, and to quickly recover from stresses and shocks without compromising long-term development prospects” (Council of the European Union 2013)
“…The ability to resist, absorb, recover from as well as to successfully adapt to adversity or a change in conditions“ (US Department for Homeland-Security 2008)
“…The ability of the community, services, area or infrastructure to detect, prevent and, if necessary to withstand, handle and recover from disruptive challenges“ (UK Cabinet Office 2011)
“…The ability of an organization to bounce back“ (Australian Department of Human Services 2011)
”…The capacity of a system, community or society potentially exposed to hazards to adapt, by resisting or changing in order to reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning and structure“ (Public Safety Canada 2009)
CP MODEL is a European project developed with the contribution of partner organizations from Austria, Greece, Italy, Spain and UK, actively operating in the civil protection, resilience and education fields. The project aims at defining resilient strategies and increasing the ability of towns to become “can-do communities”, diffusing knowledge and practices and creating a massive learning strategy for resilient learning communities and self-resilient communities.
The final purpose of CPMODEL is to facilitate the adoption by other Countries of the tools that CP MODEL will create, by giving an important contribution to the already existing international initiatives in the resilience field and to reach many other local communities and local policy making leaders.
With the aim of contributing with new ideas about how to transform a traditionally organized local community in a resilient organization, CP MODEL intends to design a significant perspective of creation of a learning platform, providing a practical contribution in terms of guidelines and indications, learning resources, information and experiences about how to react in case of criticalities and disasters.
Being aware that a resilient organization can react to anthropic and natural crisis with flexible and smart procedures to be adopted in efficient and rapid way, the project intends to create a culture of resilience and with this purpose, the project creates a learning game with the idea of promoting playful experiences about resilience for a large number and a variety of protagonists of the local communities, towns, cities.