Joseph Fiksel, Iris Goodman, Alan Hecht, Resilience: Navigating toward a Sustainable Future, The Solutions Journal, Volume 5, Issue 5, September 2014, Pages 38-47 ( Abstract: Whenever a disaster strikes, such as the 2011 Fukushima meltdown or the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, our instinctive response is to overcome the shock, assist the victims, and return to normal as quickly as possible. But perhaps returning to normal is the wrong strategy. Perhaps, instead, we should try to understand the changing conditions that triggered the disaster, and adapt to the new normal. In today’s tightly connected global economy, a business-as-usual mindset will be challenged by chaotic external pressures and turbulent change. There has been a sharp increase in the number of natural catastrophes during the past 32 years—a trend that has been linked to climate change.1 Other destabilizing pressures include rapid urbanization, resource depletion, and political conflicts. As planetary systems become more tightly coupled and volatile, the incidence of 'black swan' events seems to be increasing.2 Given these challenges, we need to expand our notion of … Topics: Resilience; Sustainability