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When Salvador decided to run to beco-    field was always full of activity, and the
                      me one of the Rockefeller Foundation’s   same followed outside Salvador. We ce-
                      100  Resilient  Cities,  we  were  not  very   lebrated many international partnerships.
                      confident. Resilience was, and maybe still   We have learned from other 100RC cities,
                      is, a strange word, and definitely a new   collaborated with other cities in Latin
                      concept in the scenario of public policies   America, exchanged knowledge with ci-
                      for urban development. So how would      ties in Europe, North American and Oce-
                      we develop a Resilience Strategy? What   ania, and have been twinned with African
                      would “resilience” mean to Salvador? We   and Asian cities in South-South relations,
                      knew that being resilient was more than   spreading our axé .                                                                                                                      Martha Schoeler
                      reacting  to shocks or  natural disasters,
                      but to tend to the chronic stresses the   The results from this participatory exerci-
                      city in a holistic, multidimensional, peren-  se of collecting ideas, projects and taking
                      nial and long-lasting manner.            our knowledge further through specific
                                                               studies were organized in five pillars that
                      We were guided by a quote by writer Cla-  outline the Strategy. These pillars were
                      rice Lispector: “Everything I don’t know is   led by Daniela Guarieiro, Felipe Fonseca,                                                               Open to the word
                      in my favour. As it is an untouched field, it   Martha Schoeler and Luana Luna, who
                      is also free of stigmas. Everything I don’t   added the responsibilities of being Depu-
                      know is the largest and best part of me:   ty Chief Resilience Officers to their duties
                      my largesse.” As we knew little about    as managers in their own fields, aided by
                      resilience, we soon learned that this is a   Maristela Souza. Collaboration became                                                                                                   Inclusive and integrated
                      contextual and unique concept for every   even more widespread with the support
                      city. The process for building the Strate-  of many secretaries and undersecreta-
                      gy was unprecedented, as a great num-    ries, directors, managers  and other city                                    Adriana Campelo                                              Luana Luna
                      ber of collaborators from the Municipa-  associates. Every step of building the                                       Chief Resilience Officer
                      lity, the civil society, companies and the   Strategy was created collectively. And
                      city (!) volunteered to help.            we  were  able  to  experience  the  most
                                                               powerful largesse.
                      It was a new field, the team was brimming
                      with energy and our events were always
                      very popular. The Strategy features the
                      point of view of children, entrepreneurs,
                      students and teachers, opinion makers,                     Adriana Campelo
                      community leaders, and people from Sal-
                                                                                 Chief Resilience Officer                                             Collaborative
                      vador in its multiplicity. Back home our                                                                                                                                                       Resilient
                                                                                                                                                                                  Multiple identities

                      1 A word from the Iorubá language that means “power” and “energy”.
                                                                                                                                            Felipe Fonseca                Daniela Guarieiro              Maristela Souza
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