The background of the Urban Resilience Challenge is the demographic forecast that in the coming two decades, the number of people who live in big cities will grow by another two billion humans, mostly in developing economies.
This will put tremendous stress on the healthcare, communications, food supply, ecosystems, housing, infrastructure and other critical resources in these places.
It is difficult to see that this great transformation can be managed by political and economic tools only, which is why it is our belief that major technological innovations are also needed.
For inspirational reading about exponential technologies and their impact, do check out:
The Singularity University youtube channel:
Wikipedia entries on Emerging Technologies:
The Think Exponential website:
For inspirational reading about ecosystem services and resilience, see: