The Resilience Dividend: Managing disruption, avoiding disaster and growing strong in an unpredictable world
Judith Rodin Profile $ 32.99
This book by the Rockefeller Foundation president comes with no fewer than 11 ringing endorsements, including Bill Clinton “inspiring”, Arianna Huffington “powerful and pragmatic”, and Michael Bloomberg “ground-breaking”. These show Rodin is very well connected because it’s highly unlikely the endorsers would have given the book more than a cursory skim. This book’s publication says much about how to market rather than write a good book. Rodin begins her journey into resilience in a very American away byy writing about an event that has touched her personally: Hurricane Sandy, which struck the US east coast in October 2012. She then ranges through a raft of more significant recent disasters and devises five characteristics of resilience. Rodin’s discussion of the lone-wolf terror attack in Norway in 2011, which left 77 people dead, , is a prime example of how this book disappoints. After nine pages of f detailed description of the tragic events, Rodin says little about how the country overcame this tragedy. Typical of the platitudes is this: “And all the characteristics of resilience contribute to and are affected by social cohesion [original emphasis]. This is the glue that bonds people to one another, in families, groups, organisations, and communities.” There is an important lesson here. Publishers often pressure authors into seeking endorsers for the cover. In many instances they should leave well alone.