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“Pulse” and “press” disturbances…

Well, this is useful (to me at least)… A disturbance that occurs as a relatively discrete event in time is referred to here as a “pulse” disturbance, while more gradual or cumulative pressure on a system is referred to as … Continue reading

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Effing Efficient

Although it is reasonably straightforward to estimate the costs of maintaining general resilience (some form of foregone extra yield or profit), it is much harder to estimate the costs of not maintaining it (because it is nonspecific). For this reason, … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with adaptation?

This is a (brief) section in the book that I am writing. So, comments very welcome… What’s the matter with ‘adaptation’? There’s already a term in use – adaptation, that sits alongside “mitigation”. It’s well embedded into the UNFCCC and … Continue reading

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The Death of Cod

Am reading a bunch of stuff on resilience (and writing a bit too). A new friend (I hope) lent me her copy of “Linking Social and Ecological Systems: Management Practices and Social Mechanisms for Building Resilience.” This quote below is … Continue reading

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The resilience according to Wildavsky

A strategy of resilience [as opposed to anticipation] requires reliance on experience with adverse consequences once they occur in order to develop a capacity to learn from the harm and bounce back. Resilience, therefore, requires the accumulation of large amounts … Continue reading

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Surmountable Chasms: Networks and Social Innovation for Resilient Systems

It’s by Michele-Lee Moore and Frances Westley and published in “Ecology and Society” Volume 16 Issue 1. Here’s the abstract; Complex challenges demand complex solutions. By their very nature, these problems are difficult to define and are often the result … Continue reading

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Hardy? Hardy har har – resilience test fails to impress

Normally I don’t let the variable quality of the psychological tests I am blogging my way through upset me too much. Sure, the heterosexism in the one about about attitudes to sex got me het up. But this one, on … Continue reading

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65 ways to stay alive

What are we gonna do when the shit hits – in slow motion – the fan? Now that all out thermonuclear war is unlikely, the “world” (i.e. Western technological society) is going to end with a series of increasingly pathetic … Continue reading

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Reading on the Stepper- 26th March

You can plough through a lot in 97 minutes! Great piece by Diane L. Coutu in the Harvard Business Review entitled “How Resilience Works.”Makes me want to go and read Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning” right now. And this … Continue reading

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