The BSR Conference 2014 brought together nearly 1,000 sustainability leaders to explore how transparency and transformation are redefining business as usual. Speakers included PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi, Bill Nye (the Science Guy), and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, who are featured in this video. Learn more about the BSR Conference at http://www.bsr.org/conference.
The word “resilience” is a powerful one, with multiple meanings. While discussing the concept recently with a BSR colleague, he mentioned the Japanese art of kintsugi, or golden repair, in which broken pottery is pieced together using bits of gold or other precious metals. Through this process of repair, the art piece becomes even more beautiful and valuable, ensuring its usefulness and effectiveness for the future—a concept of true resilience.
Resilience can refer to the ability to withstand disruptive shocks, manage complexity, and recover from tough times—but it also implies evolution, nimbleness, and long-term thinking. As President Obama’s resilience czar, Harriet Tregoning, described in a Grist interview last week: “Resilience favors diversity. It favors more choices. It favors innovation. It favors social connectedness and cohesion.”
At our BSR Conference 2015, this November 3-5 in San Francisco, we’ll be exploring all of these facets of resilience—including resilient leadership, corporations, communities, systems, and more. We hope you’ll join us to explore how business can thrive in the midst of global challenges and emerge even stronger as a result.