Defining the word “resilience”

by Molly

An apropos conference and discussion of the word “resilience”:

 

RESILIENCE IN THE ENVIRONMENT, PSYCHOLOGY, AND NATIONAL SECURITY:  A Future Tense event in DC

“Resilience is everywhere. In recent days, the word—which describes the ability of systems to respond, adapt, and succeed when faced with challenges—has been used in news stories on psychology, as in survivors’ response to Fukushima; the U.S. economy, which added jobs even as Europe experienced a financial slowdown; and sports, wherein Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy recently praised his team’s “resilience” in bouncing back after a defeat. Resilience also crops up in discussion about communities, disaster response, national security, business, climate change, and more….”

 

DEFINING RESILIENCE: OFFICIAL WEBSITE EVENT

“The ability to bounce back, to absorb shocks, to persevere, to retain functionality over time, to endure, to adapt, to succeed, to survive, to sustain… so many verbs are conjured up by the term “resilience.” Whether we’re talking about our bodies, our minds, our communities, our institutions or our natural environment, the R-word provides a conceptual framework for designing a better tomorrow. Please join us for a wide-ranging inquiry on what it means to be resilient and what a resilient future could look like….”