Some notes on resilience

English: System Dynamics Modeling as One Appro...

English: System Dynamics Modeling as One Approach to Systems Thinking (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During the meeting in Cabuenhes, Catalina Silva made a presentation based on Resilience Thinking.You can see it here.
Many questions were then raised concerning the concept of Resilience, thus we would like to share with you some reflections of Bioneers. Please do not hesitate to leave your comments:
“We stand at the threshold of a singular opportunity in the human experiment: to re-imagine how to live on Earth in a good way that lasts. The name of the game is resilience. It means the capacity of both human and ecological systems to absorb disturbance and still retain their basic function and structure. Resilience does not mean just bouncing back to business-as-usual. It means assuring the very ability to get back. But if regime change happens, resilience means having sufficient capacity to transform to meet the new management.
The first principle of resilience thinking is systems thinking: It’s all connected, from the web of life to human systems. “You can only solve the whole problem,” says Huey Johnson of the Resource Renewal Institute. Manage environmental and human systems as one system. Taking care of nature means taking care of people, and taking care of people means taking care of nature. Look for systemic solutions that address multiple problems at once. Watch for seeds of new solutions that emerge with changing conditions.
Resilience thinking means abandoning command-and-control approaches. We’re not remotely in control of the big wheels of ecological governance or complex human systems. Greater decentralization can provide backup against the inevitable failure of centralized command-and-control structures. Think decentralized power grids, more localized food systems, and the Internet. Redundancies are good failsafe mechanisms, not the waste portrayed by industrial efficiency-think.
The heart of resilience is diversity. Damaged ecosystems rebound to health when they have sufficient diversity. So do societies. It’s not just a diversity of players; it’s the diversity of how they respond to myriad challenges. Each one does it slightly differently with specialized traits that can win the day, depending which curve ball comes at you. Diverse approaches improve the odds. Diverse cultures and ideas enrich society’s capacity to survive and thrive.”
Kenny Ausubel, Founder, Bioneers
Opening Keynote (extracts) Bioneers Conference October 19, 2007

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