Social & Community Resilience

Social and community resilience involves the ability of groups to bounce back from difficult situations and work together to solve problems that affect both individuals and the collective community. This resilience includes building a sense of community, creating functional social support systems, and implementing risk-prevention measures. Healthy community resilience can also help communities prevent or heal from social violence and traumatic events. 

Democratic resilience, a key aspect of social resilience, involves healthy political action, civic participation, freedom of speech, and activism, which contribute to cooperation, inclusion, peace, and security within a governing body.

Economic resilience is an important part of social resilience as it provides a system through which goods and services are provided and exchanged within a community. A healthy economic system is essential for a healthy social fabric and includes diversity, equity, and inclusion. Economic resilience also involves the capacity of the economic system to be sustainable and regenerative, rather than extractive and destructive. Adopting a circular model that imitates nature’s nutrient cycling can help boost socio-economic resilience. 

As we look toward the future, we must take steps to future-proof our communities so that our children will have the opportunity to stay, find employment, and thrive. One key way to do this is to create resilient and positive community models that prioritize social health and wellness. These models may involve designing and building infrastructure that is adaptable and able to support the well-being of community members. Future-proofing may also include creating opportunities for education, training, and employment that can adapt to the changing needs of the economy and the workforce. By building communities that prioritize social health and wellness, we can help ensure that our children have the support and resources they need to succeed and create a better future for themselves and their communities.

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