WWOOF Association World Values Survey Community resilience and adaptation Resilient communities are capable of bouncing back from adverse situations. They can do this by actively influencing and preparing for economic, social and environmental change. When times are bad they can call upon the myriad of resouces that make them a healthy community. A high level of social capital means that they have access to good information and communication networks in times of difficulty, and can call upon a wide range of resources. The papers and reports linked to here recognise resilience as being people-centered, and highlight the importance of thinking about the social actors involved and their agency - social dynamics, power and politics. A number of other papers that extend this ideas of community resilience to adapt to change through self-organization and learning can be found from related pages on the site. Portraits of resilience A number of other sections in the site follow-on naturally from a consideration of resilience.
Walk Free Migrant Offshore Aid Station GreaterGood Scroogled! Blog | Scroogled! Blog Frances Westley, PhD Frances Westley joined the University of Waterloo as the JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation in July 2007. In this capacity she is one of the principle leads in a Canada wide initiative in social innovation, SiG (Social Innovation Generation), a cross sectoral partnership to build capacity for social innovation in Canada funded by the J.W McConnell Family Foundation, University of Waterloo and the Ontario government. At University of Waterloo she leads a research team dedicated to understanding social innovation, and has designed both graduate and undergraduate curricula in social innovation. Dr. Westley is a renowned scholar and consultant in the areas of social innovation, strategies for sustainable development, strategic change, visionary leadership and inter-organizational collaboration. Her most recent book, Getting to Maybe (Random House, 2006) focuses the dynamics of social innovation, and institutional entrepreneurship in complex adaptive systems.
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Print Friendly & PDF Resilience Alliance - Resilience Ecosystem resilience is the capacity of an ecosystem to tolerate disturbance without collapsing into a qualitatively different state that is controlled by a different set of processes. A resilient ecosystem can withstand shocks and rebuild itself when necessary. Resilience in social systems has the added capacity of humans to anticipate and plan for the future. The amount of change the system can undergo and still retain the same controls on function and structureThe degree to which the system is capable of self-organizationThe ability to build and increase the capacity for learning and adaptation The amount of resilience a system possesses relates to the magnitude of disturbance required to fundamentally disrupt the system causing a dramatic shift to another state of the system, controlled by a different set of processes. Coral Dominance > > > > Algal Dominance Coral reefs are spectacular marine ecosystems known for their diversity of eye-pleasing fish and corals. Selected references: