What is Resilience?

Resilience refers to the ability of a system, person, community … to tolerate significant shocks. If something severe happens to us, particularly if it was unexpected and caused by something beyond our control, our resilience is tested. The more resilient among us are better able to bounce back and keep going.

Resilience is central to the concept of Transition.  Because, in Transition we are looking at the resilience of communities.

We are looking at the ability of our communities to provide for us.  Not just for the near tomorrow but for long into the future.  Our communities being so much less vulnerable to shocks that come from outside our communities and, therefore, beyond our control.

From the Transition workshop in the Minneapolis/St. Paul March 2011.  The facilitators were Louis Alemayehu, Jonathan Bucki and Ethel Cote.


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