Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back
After three years of work, Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, which PopTech Executive Director Andrew Zolli co-authored with Ann Marie Healy, is available through Free Press. The book explores a new framework for understanding resilience: why some systems, people, organizations and ecosystems are able to persist, and even thrive, amidst disruption. Zolli elaborates:
We live in this world that has been dominated by shocks and surprises....How do we deal with that kind of world? That question has driven a new conversation about resilience. It's a conversation about how to build organizations and communities and nations and indviduals that can maintain their core purpose with integrity under the widest variety of circumstances and can deal with disruption no matter what it looks like.
Update: Zolli has also penned an opinion piece in the New York times exploring this theme in the wake of the devastation left by Hurrican Sandy.
The resilience frame speaks not just to how buildings weather storms but to how people weather them, too. Here, psychologists, sociologists and neuroscientists are uncovering a wide array of factors that make you more or less resilient than the person next to you: the reach of your social networks, the quality of your close relationships, your access to resources, your genes and health, your beliefs and habits of mind.
For a visual explanation of a few themes covered in Resilience, have a look at the book's trailer.
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