Synopses & Reviews
Discover a powerful new lens for viewing the world with fascinating implications for our companies, economies, societies, and planet as a whole.
In this time of turbulence, people are asking the same basic question: What causes one system to break down and another to rebound? The answer to this question is shaping a new field of inquiry focused on one word—resilience. Resilience is the ability of people, communities, and systems to maintain their core purpose and integrity amid unforeseen shocks and surprises. By encouraging adaptation, agility, and cooperation, this new approach will not only help us weather disruptions, but bring about a different way of engaging with the world.
Reporting firsthand from the coral reefs of Palau to the back streets of Palestine, Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy show how this new concept allows us to understand major issues afresh, from business planning to social development, from urban planning to national energy security, and in circumstances that affect us all. Says Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired and bestselling author of The Long Tail and Free, “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.”
What causes one system to break down and another to rebound? Are we merely subject to the whim of forces beyond our control? Or, in the face of constant disruption, can we build better shock absorbersand#8212;for ourselves, our communities, our economies, and for the planet as a whole? andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Reporting firsthand from the coral reefs of Palau to the back streets of Palestine, Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy relate breakthrough scientific discoveries, pioneering social and ecological innovations, and important new approaches to constructing a more resilient world. Zolli and Healy show how this new concept of resilience is a powerful lens through which we can assess major issues afresh: from business planning to social developand#173;ment, from urban planning to national energy securityand#8212;circumstances that affect us all. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Provocative, optimistic, and eye-opening, Resilience sheds light on why some systems, people, and communities fall apart in the face of disruption and, ultimately, how they can learn to bounce back.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Andrew Zolli andlt;/bandgt;directs the global innovation network PopTech and has served as a fellow of the National Geographic Society. His work and ideas have appeared in a wide array of media outlets, including PBS, andlt;iandgt;Theandlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt;, National Public Radio, andlt;iandgt;Vanity Fair, Fast Companyandlt;/iandgt;, and many others. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.andlt;Bandgt;Ann Marie Healyandlt;/Bandgt; is a playwright, screenwriter, and journalist. Her work has been produced in the United States as well as internationally, and her plays, essays, and stories have been published through Smith andamp; Kraus, Samuel French, and andlt;iandgt;The Kenyon Reviewandlt;/iandgt;. She lives in the Hudson River Valley.