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Here is some of NREC’s best work, in the form of video interviews, Bioneers keynotes, and videos of a few other notable luminaries who spoke in our region between 2012 and 2014. We are leaving this material available as part of Bob Russell’s legacy and because this material still has great relevance.
The Neahtawanta Center launched a project called Investigating Resilience in 2012.
Definition of Resilience from the Resilience AllianceEcosystem resilience is the capacity of an ecosystem to tolerate disturbance without collapsing into a qualitatively different state that is controlled by a different set of processes. A resilient ecosystem can withstand shocks and rebuild itself when necessary. Resilience in social systems has the added capacity of humans to anticipate and plan for the future. Humans are part of the natural world. We depend on ecological systems for our survival and we continuously impact the ecosystems in which we live from the local to global scale. Resilience is a property of these linked social-ecological systems (SES). "Resilience" as applied to ecosystems, or to integrated systems of people and the natural environment, has three defining characteristics:
- The amount of change the system can undergo and still retain the same controls on function and structure
- The degree to which the system is capable of self-organization
- The ability to build and increase the capacity for learning and adaptation
As we focus in on some specific areas within our social community, such as food systems, health care, energy and economics, we will investigate their level of resilience based on indicators such as: vibrancy, inclusiveness, diversity, optimism, cooperation, self reliance. Ecological systems can be assessed by using some of the same indicators, along with fragmentation, degradation, ability for regeneration, resistance to disease, and balance.