What Is Resilience?

bean seeds

The concept of resilience is at the heart of the Transition movement. Resilience refers to the ability to hold together and maintain functioning while experiencing change and shocks from the outside. Resilient systems can roll with external shocks and adapt as needed, so as to retain essentially the same function, structure, and identity while undergoing change.

In the Transition movement we are particularly concerned about the resilience of our towns and communities. We are looking at their ability to provide for us in the future and not to collapse with oil or food shortages.

Resilience and Sustainability
Resilience goes far beyond sustainability. For example, planting trees to create community woodlands may lock up carbon, increase biodiversity, and have other benefits, but it does little to build resilience in the food supply system. In contrast, planting a well-designed food forest does increase resilience.

The Transition movement sees community resilience as a desirable state and the process of rebuilding resilience as very beneficial economically.

How vulnerable are we in Cornwall to the shocks that might result from peak oil, climate change, and global economic instability? By acting now to increase our resilience, Cornwall can continue to thrive in the face of these changes, even though they are beyond our control.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed

%d bloggers like this: