Government leaders increasingly agree that “rare and unexpected events” are now neither rare nor unexpected.
Indeed, they are shocks—more frequent and more
destabilizing. While governments were exposed to a host of mostly unforeseen
challenges from the global pandemic, they have captured valuable lessons.
Leaders understand where they need to concentrate their readiness efforts for
“future shocks,” carrying the momentum from rapid, pandemic-driven innovation
into their preparation.
The IBM Center for The Business of Government and the IBM Institute for Business Value, in
partnership with the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and a range of other partners,
launched an initiative last year to help government leaders further identify those core capabilities
critical to building resilience. Collaborative action to address anticipated threats requires focus and
cooperation across a broad ecosystem of partners and stakeholders. Each step forward helps build
progress toward addressing major national and international priorities, including the Grand Challenges
in Public Administration put forth by the Academy.
Over the past year, we convened a series of international roundtable discussions with global leaders
from across the public, private, academic, and nonprofit sectors to capture lessons across multiple key
In each of these domains, insights from the
roundtables have helped to identify strategies
and solutions for governments to address the
challenges that lie ahead, by identifying a set
of practical and specific recommendations for
A recent roundtable focused on climate
resilience, identifying capabilities through
which government leaders and stakeholders
can move forward. The session addressed the
overall sustainability challenge, as well as
three major topics:
This latest report in our “future shocks” series,
authored by Academy Fellow Chris Mihm,
addresses how governments can strengthen
their climate resilience. We hope this report—
which summarizes the six imperatives that
emerged from the expert roundtable—provides
government leaders and stakeholders with a
practical and actionable roadmap to address
this critically important issue.