This is a link to Learning for Sustainability's Toolkit for "Building Resilience in Rural Communities." There is a discussion of 11 core "Resilience" Principles. Not suprisingly, the first principle involves "Social Networks and Support." Thus PlacerSustain's interest in Community Sustainability Networks as the framework for being stewards of our future. Here is an excerpt from the materials:
Resilience Concepts Explained
What is resilience?
Resilience refers to the capacity of an individual or
community to cope with stress, overcome adversity
or adapt positively to change. The ability to ‘bounce
back’ from negative experiences may reflect the innate
qualities of individuals or be the result of learning and
experience. Regardless of the origin of resilience, there
is evidence to suggest that it can be developed and
enhanced to promote greater wellbeing. Resilience
is not regarded as a quality that is either present or
absent in a person or group but rather a process which
may vary across circumstances and time.
What is a resilience concept?
The 11 resilience concepts contained within the toolkit
incorporate the factors most commonly reported to
enhance community and individual resilience. They
were drawn from the results of interviews undertaken
within the Stanthorpe community and a review of
previous literature. Within psychology, these resilience
concepts are sometimes referred to as ‘protective
factors’ as they are thought to protect individuals from
developing serious problems as a result of exposure
to stress or adversity, known as ‘risk factors’.
Many researchers now believe that enhancing a person’s
level of resilience may be a more effective way of
preventing problems and improving wellbeing than
trying to modify individual risk factors. Some risk
factors, such as drought, unemployment, or a lack of
services, may exist at a community-wide level. There
may be a need or an opportunity to offer communitywide resilience
programs to improve the wellbeing of community members.