Why do we need resilience?

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We spoke with 'Design for Resilience' course creator, Silvia Di' Blasio, to get insights into the upcoming course and uncover why we all should be looking to increase our resiliency in modern times. 

Course Starts December 2nd (Click here to find out more!)

What is Design for Resilience all about?

"Design for resilience involves the design of the systems on which you and your community depend, both physical (water, food, energy, shelter, transportation, communication) and psychological (inner resilience). In this course, you will learn to map, check the status and look for alternatives to create systems that are regenerative and resilient in the face of climate change and other complex crises."

Why do we need resilience? 

"Modern society has made us deeply dependent on systems we don’t know much about and don’t control. Many of us are learning that not only are those systems not sustainable but are expensive and highly inefficient. When a disaster strikes (natural or human-made), we depend on external help to face the crisis and to rebuild. Resilient communities model nature and create systems that are regenerative, redundant and local, so when a disaster happens, people know how to respond and build in a safer and more regenerative way. Resilience also refers to our inner resilience: the capacity to withstand crises and stay psychologically healthy."

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What is bounced forward resilience?

"The mainstream resilience approach is “bouncing back”. In a crisis, this means going back to the previous state after a blow. In regenerative resilience, we speak about bounding forward: using a crisis as an opportunity to build differently, create systems that are more regenerative, be better people and better as a community."

What does resilience mean to you, Silvia? 

"For me, resilience is one of the most beautiful aspects of life: one that represents courage creativity, connection, the continuous love for life and to go beyond crisis. It is represented by dandelions as they break through the cracks of cold civilisation and remind us that life always finds its ways."

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Here are our book recommendations if you want to explore more around this subject 

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  • Cultural Emergence: A Toolkit for Transforming Ourselves and the World - By Looby Macnamara (click here) 
  • Breaking Together: A freedom-loving response to collapse by Jem Bendell (click here)
  • Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family, 2nd Edition Paperback – June 30 2011  by Dr Arthur T Bradley (click here)
  • Earth User's Guide to Permaculture - By Rosemary Morrow (click here)
  • Active Hope (revised): How to Face the Mess We're in with Unexpected Resilience and Creative Power Paperback – June 24 2022 by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone (click here)
  • The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why Paperback – Illustrated, June 16 2009 by Amanda Ripley (click here)


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