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FutureproofHow to Build Resilience in an Uncertain World$
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Jon Coaffee

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300228670

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300228670.001.0001

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The Resilience Turn and the Permanent State of Adaptation

The Resilience Turn and the Permanent State of Adaptation

(p.42) 2 The Resilience Turn and the Permanent State of Adaptation

Jon Coaffee

Yale University Press

This chapter looks at how the twenty-first century is progressively seeing a turn away from conventional approaches to risk and towards resilience. Despite being very different concepts, both risk and resilience are closely associated with a deep engagement with uncertainty and can be put into operation alongside each other. The management of risk has traditionally focused on ordering, probability, and a requirement for optimisation and control. Risk-based approaches have traditionally been technically focused and have paid only limited attention to social and organisational factors. There has also been a tendency for risk management to concentrate on making specific parts of a system more robust or efficient. By contrast, resilience approaches should go beyond and extend risk management to address the difficulties of managing the complex and integrated social and technical systems that underpin modern life. They are also about specifically prepping to manage the complexity and uncertainty of future threats. The focus of resilience here is very much on the outcomes for the whole system and better understanding the relationships and trade-offs between different parts or elements of the system.

Keywords:   resilience, risk management, risk-based approaches, resilience approaches, outcomes, modern life, uncertainty

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