Synopses & Reviews
Katrina. Haiti. BP. Fukushima. The Great Recession. Those are just a few of the catastrophic disruptions the world has endured in recent years. As we try to respond to such crises, key questions arise: What causes one system to break under great stress and another to rebound? How much change can a complex system absorb while still retaining its purpose and function? What characteristics make it adaptive to change?
Through original reporting ranging across disciplines including finance, neuroscience, oceanography, and social psychology, the authors explore how in answering these questions, the new science of resilience can help our institutions become more sustainable, enduring, and humane in the face of cataclysmic events. Provocative and eye-opening, Resilience sheds light on the multifaceted nature of change and gives readers access to cutting-edge tools—developed by the leading thinkers of our time—to help us adapt to an ever-evolving world rather than fall prey to its unpredictability.
“In an increasingly complex world, we can’t avoid shocks—we can only build better shock absorbers. This is a brilliant exploration of how best to do that, told with compelling examples and stories.”
—Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief of Wired, bestselling author of The Long Tail Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief of Wired, bestselling author of The Long Tail
“[Helps] us all understand the importance of planning for the future, even when it means giving up some short-term gains.”
—Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, author of Predictably Irrational Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, author of Predictably Irrational
“Smart and sophisticated, this is a landmark work in a new field. If you are part of a system that wants to avoid collapse, read this book.”
—David Eagleman, Neuroscientist, author of Incognito and Why the Net Matters David Eagleman, Neuroscientist, author of Incognito and Why the Net Matters
“Mandatory. . . . Part complexity theory, part psychology, it is a pivotal book for today and a necessity to strategically plan for tomorrow.”
—David Agus, MD, Professor of Medicine and Engineering, University of Southern California, Author of The End of Illness David Agus, MD, Professor of Medicine and Engineering, University of Southern California, Author of The End of Illness
“A whirlwind tour through an idea whose time has come. I suspect that the concepts in this book will define the next decade.”
—Jad Abumrad, Host and Creator of RadioLab, and 2011 MacArthur Fellow Jad Abumrad, Host and Creator of RadioLab, and 2011 MacArthur Fellow
“This intriguing, wide-ranging probe ponders the underlying principles behind whether complex systems of every sort—government, business, social, natural—function or fail.”
“Readers will value an analysis that offers stimulating suggestions on how to prepare for the futures inevitable shocks.”
In an age wracked with devastating natural disasters and global turmoil, Resilience uncovers the hidden interconnectedness of systemic failures—both natural and man-made—and shares pioneering approaches to recreating stability and sustainability.
About the Author
ANN MARIE HEALY is a playwright, screenwriter, and journalist. She has published numerous essays, fiction, and plays, and as a journalist has covered financial and technology news for magazines such as Institutional Investor and Financial Technology. She lives in Saugerties, New York.SEAN RUNNETTE is a multiple Earphones winner, including one for his narration of The Curve of the World (with Highbridge Audio). He has also directed and produced more than 200 audiobooks including several Audie® Award winners. He is an American Repertory Theater company member and has toured internationally with Mabou Mines. TV and film appearances include Two if by Sea, Copland, Sex and the City, Law and Order, 3rd Watch and lots and lots of commercials. When not behind the mike, he also produced audiobooks and other works.ANDREW ZOLLI is the founder and curator of Pop!Tech and a Fellow of the National Geographic Society. His work and ideas have appeared in media outlets such as PBS, The New York Times, NPR, Vanity Fair, Fast Company, American Demographics, and Popular Science. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.