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Resilience Ain’t Enough » Thrivable

Resilience Ain’t Enough » Thrivable | urban pioneers | Scoop.it

Via Anne Caspari, Flora Moon, Daniel Moura
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The term "sustainability" is often equated with energy efficiency in my town. Take a look at this dissection of what the term really means, as well as other terms that may more accurately describe our intentions.

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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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13 Ways to Kill Your Community

13 Ways to Kill Your Community | urban pioneers | Scoop.it
Not so long ago, fellow urban scribe and recently elected mayor of Concrete, Washington, Jason Miller, recommended the book, “13 Ways to Kill Your Community.” The timing was fortuitous. For a while...
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Interesting article that raises some fundamental questions for our times.

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Empowering Our Students to Lead the Revolution | Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Empowering Our Students to Lead the Revolution | Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) | urban pioneers | Scoop.it
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Great article about a panel on sustainability held at Wake Forest University. Panelists and student participants considered the coexistence of community values and self-interested behaviors.

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Gardeners Champion Nature's Cause in the City

Gardeners Champion Nature's Cause in the City | urban pioneers | Scoop.it
Garden advocates and artists in San Francisco have joined forces to find creative ways to bring nature back into the urban landscape
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Redefining what makes a landscape good...

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Repurpose: Silverware Fish Chime

Turn old spoons into musical guppies
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There are lots of recipes for repurposing things these days but I especially like this one. "The more stuff I make, the less I just reflexively buy."

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Resilience Ain’t Enough » Thrivable

Resilience Ain’t Enough » Thrivable | urban pioneers | Scoop.it

Via Anne Caspari, Flora Moon, Daniel Moura
Sharon Tinianow's insight:

The term "sustainability" is often equated with energy efficiency in my town. Take a look at this dissection of what the term really means, as well as other terms that may more accurately describe our intentions.

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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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Urban Green Spaces Will Make You Happier than Winning the Lottery

Urban Green Spaces Will Make You Happier than Winning the Lottery | urban pioneers | Scoop.it
A new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology finds that moving to a more-green area can have a long-lasting positive effect on mental health, unlike the short-term jolt from pay rises, promotions or winning the lottery.
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This does not surprise me.

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Eat the City: The Art of Urban Farming | Planetizen: The Urban Planning, Design, and Development Network

Eat the City: The Art of Urban Farming | Planetizen: The Urban Planning, Design, and Development Network | urban pioneers | Scoop.it
Architectural historian Richard Ingersoll surveys creative 'civic agriculture' projects in the United States and Europe where abandoned lots have been transformed into edible landscapes.
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This article expands our definition of what is urban land use - and our definition of how food is produced.

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You can't be sustainable without tackling the thorny issue of ownership

You can't be sustainable without tackling the thorny issue of ownership | urban pioneers | Scoop.it
As our Sustainable Business Strategy series continues, Mike Townsend delves into ownership models and asks: Can we really be sustainable without …
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I have not heard anyone talk about this issue when debating what constitutes sustainability. Have you?

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Bicycle Revolution or Urban Fad?

Bicycle Revolution or Urban Fad? | urban pioneers | Scoop.it
The rise of the car in the 50s and 60s completely transformed cities - first across the USA, and then the world.
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How does the current bike boom compare to the one in the 70's?

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Community Thrives Along With a Garage-Top Garden

Community Thrives Along With a Garage-Top Garden | urban pioneers | Scoop.it
Seattle neighbors join forces to create a large-scale community garden atop an old parking structure
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Growing food in the city, reducing urban heat island effect, and engaging people in the joys of gardening. I am looking for an example of this for a single family home with a flat roof garage. We have to replace our garage roof anyway, so what would it take to support the weight of raised beds?

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Parks, in Need of a New Metaphor | Planetizen

Parks, in Need of a New Metaphor | Planetizen | urban pioneers | Scoop.it
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Great article about green space in urban areas.

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