The Case for Building Resilience
For many civic organisations and individuals, building resilience is often associated with natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and weather related events. While natural disasters do pose threats to communities and organisations, there are many other threats facing our ever complex society. Geopolitical events, resource constraints, declining net energy, highly leveraged households and governments, and volatile and interdependent financial systems, all make the case for building resilience increasingly compelling. We have moved from a relatively localised economy to a largely global economy. This globalised economy is reliant on cheap energy inputs. Everything from food production, to transport to the way we live depends on fossil-fuel inputs, which are highly energy intensive and environmentally destructive.
A Pragmatic Approach to Resilience
While it is easy to be optimistic and come up with short-term solutions to these challenges, we must also work within the limits of reality. Rethink Consulting takes a pragmatic and holistic approach to solving many of the challenges and problems we face. Only by understanding our current circumstances can we move toward realistic solutions. By understanding limitations, constraints and feedback loops we are able to prepare and weather any threats or disruptions to systems. It is wise to be proactive, as opposed to being forced to take action in an emergency.
Empowering Communities and Organisations
There is great power, freedom and benefit in being able to identify, plan and take proactive positive action before crises occur. Before we can take positive steps towards a brighter more resilient future we must ask a number of questions and challenge our current assumptions. We must ask ourselves: What kind of future do we want? Are our assumptions about the future based on reality? Is there a systems thinking approach to what we do? What are the alternatives and what is possible?
Our greatest ability as humans is to conceptualise and think. It is time to ‘rethink’ our future….