Nick Armstrong, Project Director for Resilience and Security at the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University, offers a rich resource for defining and deploying a meaningful concept of resilience.
A report from a January Resilience and Security workshop includes this provocative finding:
They spent some time trying to find a common definition of resilience, and, while they did not find a precise definition, they all arrived at a consensus that it had something to do with bouncing back after something bad happens and having the ability to bounce back to better place – a place better suited to new realities.
Access the INSCT website to read the entire report (6-plus MB PDF).
“The ability to bounce back to a better place,” would certainly be valuable. I have seen it happen in small and big ways. I have also seen modest challenges seem to overwhelm places and people that I had considered very strong. How do we make sense of the difference? How do we craft and deploy policy that advances real resilience?