Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back

Andrew Zolli

In an age wracked with devastating natural disasters, global economic meltdowns, and escalating political turmoil, "Resilience" uncovers the hidden interconnectedness of systemic failures--both natural and man-made--and shares paradigm-shifting lessons in recreating stability.


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Book Information

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 07/08/2013
Pages: 323
ISBN-13: 9781451683813
ISBN-10: 1451683812
Language: English

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July 12, 2012

Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back by Andrew Zolli & Ann Marie Healy, Free Press, 336 pages, $26. 00, Hardcover, July 2012, ISBN 9781451683806 To some, the world seems much worse than it used to be. The economy, crime, and even weather are all indicators that the good old days were exactly that. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 11, 2012

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IN THIS TIME OF TURBULENCE, scientists, economists, social innovators, corporate and civic leaders, and citizens alike are asking the same basic questions: What causes one system to break down and another to rebound? Are we merely subject to the whim of forces beyond our control? Or, in the face of constant disruption, can we build better shock absorbers--for ourselves, our communities, our economies, and for the planet as a whole? The answers to these vital questions are shaping a new field of inquiry, and a new agenda, focused on resilience the ability of people, communities, and systems to maintain their core purpose and integrity amid unforeseen shocks and surprises. By encouraging adaptation, agility, and cooperation, this new approach can not only help us weather disruptions, but also bring us to a different way of being in and engaging with the world. Reporting firsthand from the coral reefs of Palau to the back streets of Palestine, Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy relate breakthrough scientific discoveries, pioneering social and ecological innovations, and important new approaches to constructing a more resilient world. Along the way, they share insights to bolster our own psychological resilience, foster greater stability within our communities, and establish leadership imperatives for more resilient organizations. Zolli and Healy show how this new concept of resilience is a powerful lens through which we can assess major issues afresh: from business planning to social development, from urban planning to national energy security--circumstances that affect us all. Provocative, optimistic, and eye-opening, Resilience sheds light on why some systems, people, and communities fall apart in the face of disruption and, ultimately, how they can learn to bounce back.

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