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The Landscape Café
Multiple Perspectives on Nature, Landscape, Beauty, Art, Architecture with Emergence, Transformation and new Mindsets in Sustainability
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Resilience Ain’t Enough » Thrivable

Resilience Ain’t Enough » Thrivable | The Landscape Café |
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great food for thought on resilience -  sustainability - thrivability from Jean Russel! 

Daniel LaLiberte's comment, February 11, 2013 7:53 PM
I think of "sustainable" as at least what is called "resilient" here. We are not truly sustainable until we have already mitigated damages and shifted to a symbiotic relationship with nature. But in doing so, we also become thrivable, doing as nature does, creative and regenerative.
Anne Caspari's comment, February 18, 2013 5:46 AM
Hi Daniel and all; for this discussion I can strongly recommend Nassim Taleb's new book: Antifragile. Jean has taken that new notion into account in her description of Thrivability. Taleb makes clear distinctions: he says that antifragile goes much further than robust or resilient systems (and in this sense further than merely sustainable systems) "the obut or resilient is neither harmed nor helped by volatility and disorder, while the antifragile benefits form them." It is very worth looking into! And also here, much more than a game of words. :-)
Sharon Tinianow's comment, February 23, 2013 4:31 PM
Thanks for the book recommendation!
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The Radical Technology of Christopher Alexander - Metropolis Magazine

The Radical Technology of Christopher Alexander - Metropolis Magazine | The Landscape Café |

Chances are, you have heard of Christopher Alexander because of his most famous book on architecture, A Pattern Language. 


Alexander, the mathematician, was always concerned with the processes by which parts transform into wholes. He wants to know how we are implementing this part-whole synthesis; how nature does it; and especially, where we, in our own human version, might be getting it wrong. This is the key to an important realization about natural systems and how they generate form — one that, as Alexander has long noted, is distinct from how we humans typically generate form. And this is not a mere philosophical matter of humans being different from nature, or “having culture.” It’s a question of how we humans can also have a technology that is actually more complex, resilient, and sustainable — quite literally, more life-like.

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Biology of Business: Complex Adaptive Systems

11 Simple Rules from Complex Adaptive Systems...

Via Alessandro Cerboni
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