Resilience and social cap­i­tal : prepa­ra­tion for cat­a­stroph­ic events


An impor­tant aspect of de devel­op­ment of urban resilience is social cap­i­tal, which rep­re­sents the col­lec­tion of social resources avail­able in a com­mu­ni­ty of cit­i­zens. This includes social con­tacts, com­mu­ni­ty belong­ing, etc. Social cap­i­tal enables con­struc­tive pop­u­la­tion response to unex­pect­ed events, reduc­ing the weight borne by the State, and speeds recov­ery. While social cap­i­tal relies essen­tial­ly on inter­per­son­al rela­tions, the State can play a role in fos­ter­ing it.

This project aims to devel­op infor­mal net­works at the local (micro) lev­el. To do so, col­lab­o­ra­tive work will be under­tak­en by the Bureau of resilience of the City of Mon­tréal, the Cen­ter for civ­il secu­ri­ty of Mon­tréal, the Mai­son de l’innovation sociale and local com­mu­ni­ty organ­i­sa­tions in the South-Ouest bor­ough. The project includes enhance­ment of the cur­rent cri­sis man­age­ment train­ing offered to cit­i­zens by the City. An intern will iden­ti­fy best prac­tices in oth­er juris­dic­tions, qual­i­ta­tive­ly and quan­ti­ta­tive­ly mea­sure local char­ac­ter­is­tics using rec­og­nized indi­ca­tors, devel­op train­ing mod­ules, and con­duct fol­low-up mea­sure­ments to assess the impact of the new train­ing pro­gram. A trans­fer method­ol­o­gy will be devel­oped to enable adap­ta­tion of the train­ing to oth­er bor­oughs and regions.