Resilience is one possible response to the related issues of climate change and diminishing energy resources. A resilient community is one that responds to disturbances by re-organising while retaining essentially the same level of functioning. A resilient community is one that is sustainable, but goes beyond the traditional concept of sustainability to include the ability to withstand shocks from the outside that are beyond it's control.
A functional community that exists in a state of stable equilibrium can be disrupted by such outside shocks. When planning for a resilient community we assume that there are many possible stable states that a community to be in, and as a result of some disturbance, a resilient community will adapt quickly from one stable state to the next.
The benefits of a resilient community are:
- If one part is destroyed, the shock will not ripple through the whole system
- There is wide diversity of character and solutions developed creatively in response to local circumstances
- It can meet it's needs despite the substantial absence of travel and transport
- The other big infrastructures and bureaucracies of the intermediate economy are replaced by fit-for-purpose local alternatives at a reduced cost.
To build community resiliency we apply the principles of resiliency to our planning process: Diversity, Modularity and Tightness of Feedbacks.