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The Next Big Thing: Resilience - By Jamais Cascio

The Next Big Thing: Resilience - By Jamais Cascio | Resilience Design | Scoop.it

Sustainability is a seemingly laudable goal -- it tells us we need to live within our means, whether economic, ecological, or political -- but it's insufficient for uncertain times. How can we live within our means when those very means can change, swiftly and unexpectedly, beneath us? We need a new paradigm. As we look ahead, we need to strive for an environment, and a civilization, able to handle unexpected changes without threatening to collapse. Such a world would be more than simply sustainable; it would be regenerative and diverse, relying on the capacity not only to absorb shocks like the popped housing bubble or rising sea levels, but to evolve with them. In a word, it would be resilient.

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Defining Resilience symposium at New America Foundation

Defining Resilience symposium at New America Foundation | Resilience Design | Scoop.it

The ability to bounce back, to absorb shocks, to persevere, to retain functionality over time, to endure, to adapt, to succeed, to survive, to sustain... so many verbs are conjured up by the term "resilience." Whether we're talking about our bodies, our minds, our communities, our institutions or our natural environment, the R-word provides a conceptual framework for designing a better tomorrow. Please join us for a wide-ranging inquiry on what it means to be resilient and what a resilient future could look like.

 

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Resilience & Transformation: A Regional Approach by Ecotrust Publications

Resilience & Transformation: A Regional Approach by Ecotrust Publications | Resilience Design | Scoop.it

We live in a time of flux. The operating systems that guided human development in the 20th century are failing.

 

Too many people still struggle for access to food or education. Few societies have been able to organize for broadly shared benefits. Moreover, in our growing demand for nature’s services, we weaken our ability to provide for human needs in years to come.

 

It’s time to examine how our current operating systems — the institutions of social, political, and economic relations — leave us vulnerable. Then we can begin to draw a new map for navigating the territory ahead.

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Resilience: Video Documentary On Climate Change, Traditional Knowledge, And Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples all over the world are increasing their resilience to climate change by strengthening their traditional knowledge and systems. This video shows 5 community examples of this.
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Adapting to the New Normal

Adapting to the New Normal | Resilience Design | Scoop.it

As the effects of climate change become more pronounced, are corporations and governments talking enough about resilience?

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Uncertainty and Resilience by Jamais Cascio

Whether change manifests as threat or opportunity depends on our capacity to adapt and remake ourselves and our civilization.
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Resilience Alliance - Key concepts

Resilience Alliance - Key concepts | Resilience Design | Scoop.it

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).

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Resilience.org | Building a nation of resilient communities

Resilience.org | Building a nation of resilient communities | Resilience Design | Scoop.it

Resilience.org is a clearinghouse of information and inspiration for anyone interested in building resilience in their own community. The website provides regularly updated news, interviews, excerpts, and additional resources to complement the four-part series of Community Resilience Guides published by Post Carbon Institute and Chelsea Green Publishing.

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Exploring Community Resilience

What is Community Resilence? How do we build it? Why does it matter? At a time in increasing economic, social and environmental turbulence, a growing number of people are asking whether – and if so how – our communities and society at large can cope. Fortunately, there is already a good body of practical and theoretical know-how about weathering storms – and even thriving through them. This is resilience thinking and practice. Although resilience approaches are well established for helping individual adults and children recover from shocks, and new movements such as transition towns are contributing many insights, there is a gap when it comes to working with communities as a whole. This publication is a contribution to filling that gap.

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Idea Index - 2012 | The Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Idea Index - 2012 | The Buckminster Fuller Challenge | Resilience Design | Scoop.it

The Idea Index serves as a tool to educate, network, and help solve problems. As an educational tool, the Index is full of hopeful, exciting ideas and solutions to pressing global problems. As a networking tool, the Index allows site visitors to contact the project leaders, leave a constructive and/or encouraging comment and connect with one another. It presents a fully searchable database of socially-responsible initiatives, in all stages of development, in need of further funding and support.

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Resilience Science

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A blog about resilience in social ecological systems by members of Resilience Alliance (RA), a research network of scientists and practitioners from many disciplines who collaborate to explore the dynamics of social-ecological systems. Key RA concepts include resilience, the adaptive cycle, and panarchy. The RA works to develop a practical theoretical foundation for a sustainable civilization.

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How Defining Planetary Boundaries Can Transform Our Approach to Growth | Solutions Journal

How Defining Planetary Boundaries Can Transform Our Approach to Growth | Solutions Journal | Resilience Design | Scoop.it

Our planet’s ability to provide an accommodating environment for humanity is being challenged by our own activities. The environment—our life-support system—is changing rapidly from the stable Holocene state of the last 12,000 years, during which we developed agriculture, villages, cities, and contemporary civilizations, to an unknown future state of significantly different conditions. One way to address this challenge is to determine “safe boundaries” based on fundamental characteristics of our planet and to operate within them. By “boundary,” we mean a specific point related to a global-scale environmental process beyond which humanity should not go. Identifying our planet’s intrinsic, nonnegotiable limits is not easy, but here we specify nine areas that are most in need of well-defined planetary boundaries, and we explain the steps needed to begin defining and living within them.

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Security by Design by David Orr

Security by Design by David Orr | Resilience Design | Scoop.it

It is commonly assumed that our national security depends only on our capacity to project military power beyond our borders and has little to do with how we organize the internal business of the country. The nation’s armed strength and its “soft power” are necessary components of security, but they are not—and cannot be—the whole of it. A larger vision of security includes the internal resilience, health, and sustainability of the nation, that is to say its capacity for self-renewal. Real security, in other words, is inseparable from issues of energy policy; education; public health; preservation of soils, forests, and waters; and broadly based, sustainable prosperity.

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Resilence Project

What will it take to build the future we want? In September 2011, over 50 leaders from around the world convened at Ecotrust in Portland to share stories of challenges and hope for building a resilient future.

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Awesome. Thank you for this.
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Resilience in the Face of Crisis: Why the Future Will Be Flexible

Resilience in the Face of Crisis: Why the Future Will Be Flexible | Resilience Design | Scoop.it

What will a post-crash, truly 21st-century world look like? For people thinking about global systems (economic, environmental, and social) one idea stands out: resilience.

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Resilience: The Next Big Word for 2012

Resilience: The Next Big Word for 2012 | Resilience Design | Scoop.it

Big symbolic words come and go, and for various reasons they often annoy. That is not the fault of the actual words: articulating ideas like “corporate social responsibility” and “social entrepreneurship” in just one word is a difficult task. Environmental and conservation are words of yesteryear. Green fell out of favor and sustainability became the latest word. Now sustainability has caused grumblings for its repeated overuse and abuse. The bludgeoning of sustainability, alas, has become unsustainable.

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Surfing the Waves of Change

Surfing the Waves of Change is an animation exploring the idea of community resilience using the metaphor of a surfer to explain how communities can make themselves more resilient in these changing times.

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ResilientCity | Resilient Design Principles

It will take a new set of planning and design principles to create more resilient cities, more resilient communities, and more resilient buildings. This will take a significant revision of current thinking. As a starting point we propose the following as an overarching set of principles for creating greater urban resilience...

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Roots of Resilience: Growing the Wealth of the Poor

Roots of Resilience: Growing the Wealth of the Poor | Resilience Design | Scoop.it

Three-quarters of the world's poorest citizens—those living on less than $2 per day—are dependent on the environment for a significant part of their daily livelihoods. Climate change, therefore, adds a real urgency to the efforts of the many institutions that work to improve the lives of the poor.

 

This report argues that properly designed enterprises can create economic, social, and environmental resilience that cushion the impacts of climate change, and help provide needed social stability. Increased resilience must be part of the response to the risks of climate change. The efforts that foster resilience chart the first steps on the path out of poverty.

 

What can we say with some certainty about

environment and development as we approach the

end of the first decade of the 21st century?

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What is resilience? - Stockholm Resilience Centre

What is resilience? - Stockholm Resilience Centre | Resilience Design | Scoop.it

Resilience is the long-term capacity of a system to deal with change and continue to develop. For an ecosystem such as a forest, this can involve dealing with storms, fires and pollution, while for a society it involves an ability to deal with political uncertainty or natural disasters in a way that is sustainable in the long-term.


Increased knowledge of how we can strengthen resilience in society and nature is becoming increasingly important in coping with the stresses caused by climate change and other environmental impacts.

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How to make cities more resilient: a handbook for local government leaders - UNISDR

How to make cities more resilient: a handbook for local government leaders - UNISDR | Resilience Design | Scoop.it

This handbook provides mayors, governors, councillors and other local government leaders with a generic framework for risk reduction and points to good practices and tools that are already being applied in different cities for that purpose. It discusses why building disaster resilience is beneficial; what kind of strategies and actions are required; and how to go about the task. It offers practical guidance to understand and take action on the "Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient" as set out in the global campaign "Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!".

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Planetary Boundaries: Tipping towards the unknown

Planetary Boundaries: Tipping towards the unknown | Resilience Design | Scoop.it

New approaches are needed to help humanity deal with global environmental threats that lie ahead in the 21st century. A group of 28 internationally renowned scientists propose that global biophysical boundaries, identified on the basis of the scientific understanding of the Earth System, can define a safe planetary operating space that will allow humanity to continue to develop and thrive for generations to come.


This new approach to sustainable development was conveyed in Nature and Ecology and Society where the scientists have made a first attempt to identify and quantify a set of nine planetary boundaries.

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Beyond Coal: A Resilient New Economy for Appalachia by John Todd

Beyond Coal: A Resilient New Economy for Appalachia by John Todd | Resilience Design | Scoop.it

Coal mining has dominated the economy of Appalachia for more than a century and has drastically altered much of the regional ecology. Among the primary impacts of coal mining are degraded soils, slurry impoundments, contaminated streams, polluted air, human health effects, and a reduction in biodiversity. We address the broad issue of Appalachia's future by proposing an alternative to the devastating large-scale practice of surface mining in central Appalachia, including mountaintop removal and valley fill surface coal mining.

 

We propose a theory of ecological design for the remaking of damaged landscapes and the creation of a diverse new economy with the broad participation of the people of the region. Our design approach applies ecological principles to the healing of the landscape and the formation of an economy based on natural resources and renewable energy. It includes ecomimetic technologies and techniques for the generation of new soils, the revegetation of the landscape, the treatment of wastes (including mining waste), the cultivation of foods, and the generation of fuels and other products. We see soil formation on a broad scale as the primary driver for a durable future. Without it there can be no viable economy.

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