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Resilience. Has a nice ring, doesn’t it? It captures that positive sense of thriving in the midst of adversity and unknowns. Yet, resilience can still mean very different things to different people. This leads to many different ideas about how to build and implement resilience in the face of global change.

Project Background
Emerging and accelerating impacts due to global change are underlining the growing need for greater community resilience and the critical capacities required to achieve and sustain it. Despite extensive scholarship, experimentation, and early attempts at implementing actions oriented toward resilience, the field is still muddled with contested definitions, competing visions, and confusing debates.

The AGCI Resilience Project aims to help foster improved dialogue about resilience and offers a set of core principles from which communities can get started. This work emerges from a 2015 AGCI workshop on the topic, Risk & Resilience in the Face of Global Change. At that workshop, scholars and practitioners working on areas related to resilience and risk management came together to generate ideas that have informed this work moving forward.

Resilience Road Markers: A Series of Ideas for Implementation from Research and Practice
The Resilience Road Markers series of short publications and presentation slides can be downloaded and shared freely. They incorporate input from a diverse community of individuals conducting research on and implementing resilience around the United States.

- Fostering Dialogue to Support Community Resilience [Fact Sheet] [Slides]
- The Possibility of Resilience: Guiding Principles for More Resilient and Just Communities [Fact Sheet] [Slides]

For each installation in the series, a fact sheet summarizes a set of key points and provides personal perspectives from practitioners working on resilience. Accompanying each fact sheet is a set of PowerPoint slides that we encourage use of for sharing all or part of in your own presentations.

We encourage you to make use of these resources widely. We encourage you to incorporate elements from the slide shows into your own presentations, as much as is helpful for your work. We also encourage wide circulation and sharing of these!

Project Sponsors:
The Kresge Foundation
NOAA (via sub award from University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)

Project Partner:
Susanne Moser Research & Consulting

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