Category Archives: Resilience

Leadership for Local & Global Resilience

I don’t believe we can continue to rely on a few good leaders and many good followers. I have taken the term follower out of my vocabulary as I don’t think there is a great need to learn how to … Continue reading

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A Framework for Resilience-based Governance of Social-Ecological Systems

Panarchy provides a heuristic to characterize the cross-scale dynamics of social-ecological systems and a framework for how governance institutions should behave to be compatible with the ecosystems they manage. Managing for resilience will likely require reform of law to account … Continue reading

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Nine Fine Notions from Resilient Communities

Over at the Resilient Communities blog, there is always something cool going on. Not only do they discuss problems, they also offer solutions with an eye toward sustainability and, well, resilience. Here’s a round up of nine pretty fantastic ideas … Continue reading

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Toward a Network Perspective of the Study of Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems

Formal models used to study the of resilience social-ecological systems have not explicitly included important structural characteristics of this type of system. In this paper, we propose a network perspective for social-ecological systems that enables us to better focus on the … Continue reading

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Learning for resilience – Exploring learning opportunities in biosphere reserves

The interdependence of society and nature, the inherent complexity of social–ecological systems, and the global deterioration of ecosystem services provide the rationale for a growing body of literature focusing on social–ecological resilience – the capacity to cope with, adapt to … Continue reading

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Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back

In this time of turbulence, scientists, economists, social innovators, corporate and civic leaders, and citizens alike are asking the same basic questions: What causes one system to break down and another to rebound? Are we merely subject to the whim … Continue reading

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Handbook of Adult Resilience

The first book to move beyond childhood and adolescence to explore processes of resilience across the lifespan, this cutting-edge volume synthesizes the best current research in the field.  Contributors offer a comprehensive examination of resilience at multiple levels of analysis, … Continue reading

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The Social Ecology of Resilience: A Handbook of Theory and Practice

More than two decades after Michael Rutter published his summary of protective processes associated with resilience, researchers continue to report definitional ambiguity in how to define and operationalize positive development under adversity. The problem has been partially the result of … Continue reading

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Panarchy: Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems

Creating institutions to meet the challenge of sustainability is arguably the most important task confronting society; it is also dauntingly complex. Ecological, economic, and social elements all play a role, but despite ongoing efforts, researchers have yet to succeed in … Continue reading

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Navigating Social-Ecological Systems: Building Resilience for Complexity and Change

Drawing on complex systems theory, this book investigates how human societies deal with change in linked social-ecological systems, and build capacity to adapt to change. The concept of resilience is central in this context. Resilient social-ecological systems have the potential … Continue reading

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