Resilience by Andrew Zolli
Why Things Bounce Back

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IN THIS TIME OF TURBULENCE, scientists, economists, social innovators, corporate and civic leaders, and citizens alike are asking the same basic questions: 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 absorbers—for ourselves, our communities, our economies, and for the planet as a whole?

The answers to these vital questions are shaping a new field of inquiry, and a new agenda, focused on resilience: 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 can not only help us weather disruptions, but also bring us to a different way of being in and engaging with the world.

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. Along the way, they share insights to bolster our own psychological resilience, foster greater stability within our communities, and establish leadership imperatives for more resilient organizations. 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 development, from urban planning to national energy security—circumstances that affect us all.

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 Andrew Zolli

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Andrew Zolli 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, The New York Times, National Public Radio, Vanity Fair, Fast Company, and many others. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.Ann Marie Healy 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 & Kraus, Samuel French, and The Kenyon Review. She lives in the Hudson River Valley.
 
Published July 10, 2012 by Free Press. 338 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Zolli and Healy seek to define how systems and people maintain their capacity to continue and recover from adversity.

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Publishers Weekly

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Throughout, Zolli and Healy commendably avoid simplistic nostrums and note a potential problem: that increased systemic complexity can itself be a source of fragility.

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BC Books

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that is modular systems and processes function more optimally than static systems under changed circumstances assumptions or conditions.

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Christian Science Monitor

While some of the language is cumbersome, Andrew Zolli's book is a good place to start to understand the global economy.

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City Book Review

The psychologist, George Bonanno, in studying grief and ego resiliency, found people resilient who “had a core purpose, meaning and forward momentum in the face of trauma…” With ego under control, resilient individuals focused on future goals not the current situation.

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Forbes

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Everyone can learn the habits of the mind that can better prepare themselves and their institutions for unanticipated change and become more prosperous, safe, and happy in the process.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review

In this audio lecture, Carl Bass, President and CEO of Autodesk, discusses at Social Innovation Summit 2013 the application of design to solve social problems.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review

As Zolli and Healy define it, resilience is the increasingly critical ability to “anticipate change, heal when breached, and have the ability to reorganize … to maintain [a] core purpose, even under radically changed circumstances.” Why is it so important to read this book with a skeptical eye?

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