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 prepare for surprises. It assumes that no community can protect itself from every conceivable threat, but can increase its ability to be resilient or ‘bounce back.’ The resilience approach described below is written in plain language and as culturally-neutral as possible in order to make it globally applicable across a broad range of communities.
We recommend that communities assess their resources and adaptive capacity for a variety of community systems: ecological, economic, civil society, government, and infrastructure in order to find the balance that achieves the degree of resilience most appropriate for them.
This approach also requires attention to the intersections and overlaps of these systems. The ideas presented here are consistent with the most current efforts at defining and assessing resilience, even if the terminology varies. The paper concludes by outlining the next steps for concept refinement and validation through case-based research and development of assessment tools for practitioners.
The full paper can be found here.