Resilience is a term at the center of many conversations. Whether we look at our personal resilience, the resilience of others, the resilience of materials, or the resilience of our community; we can bring new understanding to the way we affect and might improve our community.
Here are a few definitions of resilience within certain fields of study:
An individual’s ability to successfully adapt to life in the face of social disadvantage or adverse conditions. (Adversity and stress can come from relationship, health, workplace, financial, or other areas.)
Resilience within physics or engineering
The capacity of a material to absorb energy when it is deformed elastically and then, upon unloading, to have this energy recovered. More simply stated, it is the maximum energy per volume that can be elastically stored.
Resilience in Ecology
The capacity of an ecosystem to respond to a perturbation or disturbance by resisting damage and recovering quickly.
The economy’s ability to cope, recover, and reconstruct and minimize aggregate consumption losses.
The capacity of individuals, communities, or systems to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of stress and shock, and even transform when situations require it.