Resilience

A term often used is sustainable development. There are several hundred definitions of what sustainable development means. Some people argue that we need accelerating economic growth to accieve sustainable development while others mean that we need degrowth instead of growth. A lot of companies, organizations, governments and others talk about how they work for sustainability but they seldome define what they mean.


Because of this confusion we have decided to instead focus on the term resiliens and the united nations 17th global goals. The goals focus on every aspect of our society and by working with theese goals we also cover environmental and climate goals. We define resiliense as a systems possibility to deal with crisis and sudden events without going into a worse state.



One of the advantages with the term resiliens is that it can be used at several levels. What does a person need to do to become more resilient? One can immediately see that things like eating healthy food, avoiding toxic cemicals, restrain from stress, not destroying nature around us, spend time with friends and family, exercise and taking care of your body helps a person to better cope with oncoming crisis. But that also applies to a school, a society, a country or the whole world for that matter. If we work with resiliens we will automatically also work with environmental and climate goals.


Resilience is a crucial concept here, defined as the ability to cope with crisis and sudden events and the ability to recover from difficulties.  Resilience can be applied on a number of different levels, the child, humanity, the school, the municipality, the country and the world. Resilience includes relations, family, school and the wider community, and aspects of health and well-being as well as existential issues and agency. With regards to resilience and sustainability, we need to involve the society as a whole. Individuals from different age groups, disciplines, trades, organisations, countries need to be involved in the process.