Resilience Alliance: a research organization on resilience as a basis of sustainability
One of the most prominent organizations in the field of emerging resilience research is the Resilience Alliance,
a research organization comprised of scientists and practitioners from many disciplines who collaborate to explore the dynamics of social-ecological systems
as is said on the website.
The group manages a blog on resilience issues called Resilience Science. The blog contains, for instance, a note on commons researcher and Nobel prize winner Elinor Ostrom, who died recently, and was a member. The many quotations in the blogpost illustrate the closeness of the group with commons thinking, which is indeed a vital link to be explored.
The Resilience Alliance has produced a workbook on resilience assessment that can be downloaded for free.
The group understands resilience as
- The amount of change the system can undergo and still retain the same controls on function and structure
- The degree to which the system is capable of self-organization
- The ability to build and increase the capacity for learning and adaptation
Diversity is seen as the most important feature that enhances resilience.
The website contains a lot of interesting material and links, helping to get an overview and core informations on resilience.