Resilience, Transition, and Creative Adaptability

John Barry

in The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainability

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199695393
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738982 | DOI:
Resilience, Transition, and Creative Adaptability

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Examines ‘resilience’ as both a form of coping with vulnerability and reducing ‘unsustainability’. This involves the integration of key permaculture concepts such as ‘in-built redundancy’, ‘slack’, and principles such as ‘sufficiency’ to guide our thinking. Through an examination of the Transition movement, this chapter outlines a ‘creative adaptive management’ approach to building less unsustainable, more resilient communities. A resilient community is argued to be one that has high levels of solidarity, low levels of socio-economic inequality and empowered citizens. These are features of the civic republic tradition. Also anticipating later chapters, it discusses the centrality of creativity and leadership. This chapter also explores the political and cultural importance of ‘rituals’; collective practices organized around gratitude, non-consumption and remembrance. It suggests that the Transition movement can be read as an attempt to ‘de-sequester’ and render explicit those forms of relations of dependence on nature and fellow humans which have been occluded, forgotten, or otherwise hidden away in modernity.

Keywords: resilience; slack; redundancy; creative adaptive management; Transition movement; pioneers; addiction model; collective rituals; generosity; climate change

Chapter.  18531 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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