Evoking a new way of thinking.
Key Vocabulary: Resilience
Resilience is the capacity of a system (or a person) to maintain
its core integrity in the face of dramatically changed
circumstances. (Zolli and Healy, 2012)
Resilience requires that there be resources
available to accommodate the demands of differing
contexts. It is the ability to spring back, to rebound.
Resilience can be an enemy of efficiency and
optimization. To the extent that one assumes ceteris
paribus, then "excess" resources can be best used rather than
retained in reserve. But, like the parable of Joseph and
the Pharaoh, to not retain resources so as to maintain a
capacity for resilience is to run the risk of premature death.
The simple perceptions on which common sense is based seem to be inadequate to generate an understanding of the trade-offs between resilience and efficiency.