Good food for good thought

Loosely defined, resilience is the capacity of a system — be it an individual, a forest, a city, or an economy — to deal with change and continue to develop. It is both about withstanding shocks and disturbances (like climate change or financial crisis) and using such events to catalyze renewal, novelty, and innovation. In human systems, resilience thinking emphasizes learning and social diversity.

Resilience theory, first introduced by Canadian ecologist C.S. “Buzz” Holling in 1973, begins with two radical premises. The first is that humans and nature are strongly coupled and coevolving, and should therefore be conceived of as one “social-ecological” system. The second is that the long-held, implicit assumption that systems respond to change in a linear — and therefore predictable — fashion is altogether wrong. In resilience thinking, systems are understood to be in constant flux, highly unpredictable, and self-organizing with feedbacks across multiple scales in time and space. In the jargon of theorists, they are complex adaptive systems, exhibiting the hallmark features of complexity.

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4 thoughts on “Good food for good thought”

  1. Ostrom’s work gives evidence that grassroots, cooperative action can be enormously successful when it comes to caring for public commons—resources that benefit all, and that are traditionally vulnerable to exploitation. This message is at the core of the resilience framework.

    pois, mas entretanto a cavitação, por cá, agravou-se.

    com a merkel a dizer que o multicultutalismo falhou redondamente enquanto a Alemanha engorda com os ataques à dívida soberana dos Estados mais pobres ou periféricos da Europa e o sarkozy a dizer em Lisboa que o inimigo é o Irão, não deixa margem para dúvidas. A direita tomou conta da Europa e prepara-se para reforços autoritários com o espectro da guerra. Cabrões.

    O Jorge de Sena em O Físico Prodigioso avisou da turba.

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