What Is Resilience?

The ability to adapt, grow and thrive.

Every community faces shocks or stresses. Resilience principles can help them survive, respond, and come out even stronger. Whether you work in real estate or education, health care or engineering, you already are — or can become — a resilience practitioner.

Why Resilience?

No matter how carefully we plan, stress and shocks are certain to cause disruptions. Resilience can help us bounce back quickly and effectively — and identify new opportunities as they arise.

“Ideally, as you become more adept at managing disruption and skilled at resilience building, you are able to create and take advantage of new opportunities in good times and bad. That is the resilience dividend.”
Judith Rodin The Resilience Dividend
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The characteristics of resilience

Resilience is built and learned over time, by communities, individuals, and organizations. Below are five of the most common and identifiable traits that are required to build resilience — in good times and bad.


Identify strengths, weakness, liabilities and vulnerabilities. Build feedback loops, to constantly assess and adjust as unexpected changes occur.

What does resilience mean to you?

Tell us how you define resilience. How are you working with the ideas of resilience in your own work?

Read This First

New to the idea of resilience? Here are a few articles to get you started: