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The term “resilience” is everywhere — but what does it really mean?

As resilience moves from technical term to buzzword, there’s value to be had in clarifying exactly what it is we’re talking about.

The term “resilience” is everywhere. And everywhere, it seems, it means something a little different.

Resilience: An ability to recover from or adjust easily from misfortune or change

Resilience has been used to describe people and systems that bounce back from negative experiences and disturbances. It has also been used to refer to systems that survive being jostled around — whether or not they go back to where they were before, or to any stable state, for that matter.

While some have argued resilience is an empty concept, the widespread use of the idea of resilience across disciplines, sectors and professions suggests it is a necessary concept. Resilience is related to change. And given the rapid change happening in the environment, technology and society, such extensive use of the term reflects this need.

Read entire article The term “resilience” is everywhere — but what does it really mean? | Kate Knuth | Ensia

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