Tool users and developers’ workshop – New Orleans

As part of our work on tools and approaches, we held a workshop in New Orleans with tool users and developers, with organisations representing the ‘operate and maintain’ end of the value chain.


November 2018



The New Orleans workshop, held on 17 November 2018 and convened by Global Infrastructure Basel, focussed on organisations representing the Design and Deliver section of the value chain of critical infrastructure. Participants included a wide range of tool developers and potential users of such tools and approaches including planners, designers, investors, representatives from industry, NGOs and academia and resilience experts, see Appendix A for full list of participants.

Facilitated by The Schumacher Institute, and applying an Action Learning methodology to facilitate conversations and implementation of change, the workshop built on the success of the workshops in this series, that took place in Washington DC.

See workshop blog.

See New Orleans workshop report.


We asked participants what their needs and challenges were in terms of implementing resilience tools.


The Supply session gave tool developers an opportunity to pitch their tool and the ways that it is being used and accessed.


The final session discussed the Support needed by users and developers, in light of their experience and reflections on the day.

Tools presented

City Scan

Developed by World Bank


the Elephant Builder

Developed by Bellwether Collaboratory


Equitable Origin Platform

Developed by Equitable Origin



Developed by Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB)


Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi)

Developed by International Institute for Sustainable Development


Developed by U.S.Green Building Council



Developed by Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure


Green Evaluation Tool

Developed by S&P Global Ratings

“The [Action Learning] Implementation Set concept was a social experiment, which passed with flying colours. I could see sets having fun and I was really pleased to see that, so I think that’s a success! Both tool developers and users took home something to reflect on and learned more from today.”

-workshop participant

“I was uncertain whether my issue was valid. I soon discovered it was….and I came away with some great ideas to try.”

-Workshop participant

“Thanks the Resilience Shift for a wonderful workshop on resilience tools. Creative engagement makes a big difference in our outcomes and in our capacity to stick to it over time. Well done!”

-Janice Barnes, Waggonner & Ball

“It was really valuable for all of us to be really close together with people who are working on the same issues who face the same challenges and it was great to see we all want to be here and want to collaborate because together I do think we can achieve better things than we do on our own.”

-Workshop participant