The general meaning of resilience, derived from its Latin roots 'to jump or leap back', is the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.
In the Resilience Alliance we put more emphasis on the capacity to "get back" than to "bounce back".
Our focus is social-ecological systems - linked systems of people and nature. It involves resilience at multiple scales, from the scale of a farm or village, through communities, regions, and nations to the globe. By "social-ecological system" we mean a multi-scale pattern of resource use around which humans have organized themselves in a particular social structure (distribution of people, resource management, consumption patterns, and associated norms and rules).