A Guide to Surviving in an Unpredictable World

Bloomberg Businessweek
November 11, 2014

By Diane Brady: As pres­i­dent of the Rock­e­feller Foun­da­tion, Judith Rodin is less attuned to mak­ing mon­ey than to giv­ing it away. And yet The Resilience Div­i­dend, her new book that goes on sale on Tues­day, is essen­tial­ly a primer on how to iden­ti­fy and build sus­tain­able val­ue in any ven­ture. That’s because resilience, the abil­i­ty to adapt to change and bounce back from cri­sis, is about much more than sur­viv­ing the next vio­lent storm. It’s about cre­at­ing a cul­ture that makes you ready to with­stand what­ev­er comes your way.

… As Nan­cy Pfund of DBL Part­ners in Sil­i­con Val­ley notes, “Resilience requires an atten­tion to enhanc­ing things like sys­tems and com­mu­ni­ties” to make them more sus­tain­able. For Pfund, that broad­er sense of mis­sion was a key fac­tor in decid­ing to back ven­tures includ­ing Tes­la Motors (TSLA) and Pan­do­ra (P): “It made them will­ing to defy con­ven­tion­al wisdom.”…

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