I have discussed before in my post Peak Everything, that the due duel impacts of climate chaos and peak oil, will in the near future impact our ability to keep the current consumer kultcha alive and kicking. The way we are partying like it is 1999 is just not going to continue ad nauseum (thank goodness).
In my quest to define resilience, I could find no better explanation than the one given in the Transition Handbook;
Walker et al. define it thus:“Resilience is the capacity of a system to absorb disturbance and reorganise while undergoing change, so as to still retain essentially the same function, structure, identity and feedbacks.”In the context of communities and settlements, it refers to their ability to not collapse at first sight of oil or food shortages, and to their ability to respond with adaptability to disturbance.
I have written before about the consequences of not being resilient in my post, “Nine meals from Anarchy“. It is worth a read before proceeding any further, but it doesn’t give you the whole picture.
So what can we do to our communities to make them shock proof? Well not wanting to get too far ahead, that will be the subject of the next post!
Can you think of another definition?
I like the simple idea of resilience being about your “bounce-back-ability”
Here’s survey you can take to measure yours: