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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.

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