Cities in Australia are facing a series of challenges, particularly relating to their next stages of growth. The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), based in Manchester, UK, helps cities and communities cope effectively with such challenges. CLES has recently laid out a place resilience framework – a partnership model for local government and other sectors to work together to develop a resilient economy. The framework has been piloted in 15 locations in the UK with fascinating results. At this Grattan seminar Neil discussed the findings of the CLES’s resilience pilot, and suggest how Australian cities and places might prepare themselves better for upcoming challenges.