What is resilience?

Resilience refers to the ability of a system, person or community … to tolerate significant shocks. If something severe happens to us, particularly if it was unexpected and caused by something beyond our control, our resilience is tested. The more resilient among us are better able to bounce back and keep going. The concept of resilience is central to Transition.

In Transition we particularly look at the resilience of our towns and communities, and their ability to provide for us in the future.

How vulnerable are they to shocks that might come from outside our communities and beyond our control?

“Resilience is, in a nutshell, the ability of a system, whether an individual, an economy, a town or a city, to withstand shock from the outside. Resilience is about building the ability to adapt to shock, to flex and modify, rather than crumble. You can think of it as being like building surge protectors into an electrical system.”

Taken from Transition in Action, an Energy Descent Action Plan

The price of oil is going up, and so are our household bills.

What are you doing about it?

What can we do about it?

What do you think the world will be like in 20 years time? 

These are the sorts of questions people started asking in Totnes in Devon in 2006, Britain (and the world’s) first Transition Town. We’d like to thank everyone  at Transition Town Totnes for letting us use their web copy for this page.

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