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Towards a typology of community resilience activities

The idea that we need to develop resilience to a range of environmental, economic, political and security crises seems to have increasing purchase across academic disciplines and in policy and practice.  In particular, there has been a developing interest in the concept of community resilience, which refers to a capacity within social groups to adapt to and recover from crisis “without flipping into another state or phase “(Cote & Nightingale 2012: 475).  This might include, for example, coping with flooding; transport/infrastructure damage; terrorist attack; economic downturn and financial crisis; demographic change; climate change; and/or political upheaval (e.g. see OECD 2009; Young Foundation 2012; Stockholm Resilience Centre 2013).  However, there is considerable variation in the ways the metaphor of resilience is interpreted and employed, and amongst definitions of the characteristics of resilient communities. Continue reading

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Reflections on recent developments in the American political scene

First, I would like to second Terry in thanking the organising team of this interesting conference. Managing such events is never stress-free, so the least we can do is acknowledge the effort of all the people who were involved in this launching event. I am sure that this will only be the first of many good intellectual gatherings. Second, I would like to share with you my reflections on some recent developments in the American political scene that impact on global society at large. The construction of a “9/11 Christian Centre at Ground Zero”, a counterweight to the Islamic cultural centre which is being planned in Manhattan has been the issue of angry protest for a good few weeks now, but it seems that our self-professed civility cannot put up with the presence of non-Christian ‘‘Bibles’’ either. As America prepares for yet another tearful commemoration of the 9/11 disaster, this vengeful suggestion gains both in poignancy and stupidity. Continue reading

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