Resilient Communities works alongside local groups and leaders to design, build, manage, and leverage community wireless networks as platforms to strengthen relationships and address risks and challenges. In particular, we partner with vulnerable communities already feeling the impact of climate change.
We work to integrate these digital resources into cities and neighborhoods in ways that support community health, rather than displacing residents or weakening existing local relationships, institutions, and networks of support. In addition to increasing preparedness, our partner communities can use local wireless networks to create entrepreneurship, media, and arts opportunities; platforms for local businesses to share and coordinate services; systems for local data collection and management; and tools for local leaders to organize, connect, and compile and share information.
Resilient Communities follows the principles of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition: Access, Participation, Common Ownership, and Healthy Communities. We design networks to fit human relationships, not the other way around.
Resilient Networks for RISE : NYC is funded by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). New America was one of eleven winners of RISE : NYC, a NYCEDC competition for new technologies and solutions to protect New York City from the impact of future storms, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change. The competition was an initiative of the City of New York and is funded by the $4.21 billion allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the City of New York in federal Community Development Block Grants – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR).
Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems, engaging donors to make the Silicon Valley region and world a better place for all.