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Building Organisational Resilence in the Face of Systemic Insecurity in a Complex and Interconnected World

What is it that makes some organisations able to not only survive, but also to thrive in the face of adversity? Resilience is a systemic way of looking at how an organization can prepare before, survive during and thrive after a crisis. Each organisation has their own 'perfect storm' – a combination of events or circumstances that has the potential to bring that organisation to its knees. For a financial system, the worst nightmare might be sudden loss of customer confidence creating a snowballing 'run on the bank'. For other organisations it may be the failure of a key supplier, contamination on the production line, a disgruntled employee wreaking havoc, etc. It isn't just about getting through crises; a truly resilient organisation has two other important capabilities –the foresight and situation awareness to prevent potential crises emerging; and an ability to turn crises into a source of strategic opportunity.

This webinar will introduce the foundational concepts of organizational resilience and consider how to build this strategic capacity to thrive in high change and uncertain environments.

Presented by: Dr. John Vargo. John is co-leader and a director of Resilient Organisations Ltd., hosted at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch New Zealand. His interests focus on building organisational resilience in the face of systemic insecurity in a complex and interconnected world.

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This webinar will be hosted the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development.

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