The COVID-19 pandemic exerted a strong impact on the global economy in 2020 and will have profound and far-reaching influence on both China and the world. We couldn't help but think: what kind of a society should we create to deal with the uncertain crises in an age of uncertainty? We have seen that the more resilient we are in responding to a crisis, the greater the likelihood we have to overcome it. Only a resilient society would be able to respond to crises with ease and without panic. A society needs resilience, as does a country, a business, an organization, a community and even each individual. It is thus of great significance to build a highly resilient system for achieving high-quality development of the country, successful transformation of companies and enhanced mental resilience of individuals. In his speech at the grand gathering on the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone on October 14, 2020, General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that “China is at a critical period in realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and its economy has shifted from a stage of high-speed growth to that of high-quality development… with strong development resilience, and is forming a new development paradigm with domestic circulation as the mainstay and domestic and international circulations reinforcing each other.”
This book proposes the concept of a “highly resilient society” and five key stages, eight core competencies and twenty-one concrete action plans for the building of such a highly resilient society, and elaborates on the solutions to responding to uncertain crises in terms of national resilience, social resilience, organizational resilience and psychological resilience. We are experiencing “the great change unseen in a century”, and how to maintain resilience and build a highly resilient society will be conducive for us to not only summarizing and learning from the experience of resilient societies and coping with the current uncertain crises, but also facing the complex situation of an uncertain world in the future. At the same time, building a highly resilient society and a resilient new ecology is of great significance in enhancing China’s resilience and achieving high-quality development.