The Recovery Diva brought my attention to a new report, “Community Resilience: A Function Of Resources And Adaptability” recently published by the Project on Resilience & Security at Syracuse University’s Institute for National Security & Counter Terrorism. The executive summary:
This white paper is intended for people who must help communities prepareÂ for surprises. It assumes that no community can protect itself from everyÂ conceivable threat, but can increase its ability to be resilient or â€˜bounce back.â€™Â The resilience approach described below is written in plain language and asÂ culturally-neutral as possible in order to make it globally applicable across aÂ broad range of communities.
We recommend that communities assess theirÂ resources and adaptive capacity for a variety of community systems:Â ecological, economic, civil society, government, and infrastructure in order toÂ find the balance that achieves the degree of resilience most appropriate forÂ them.
This approach also requires attention to the intersections and overlapsÂ of these systems. The ideas presented here are consistent with the mostÂ current efforts at defining and assessing resilience, even if the terminologyÂ varies. The paper concludes by outlining the next steps for concept refinementÂ and validation through case-based research and development of assessmentÂ tools for practitioners.
The full paper can be found here.