Resilience Think Tank: Innovations in the theory and practice of psychological resilience

While there have been shifts in the understanding of resilience over the past decade, there is still much debate, contestation and lack of clarity on what the term means, for whom, how can it be measured, how it relates to concepts such as vulnerability, well-being and transformation, and whether it is a useful framework and entry point for responding to the dynamics of global change.

At the Resilience Think Tank, Linda Theron explored innovations in the theory and practice of psychological resilience.

Resilience Think Tank: Tackling the Anthropocene challenge through social-ecological resilience thinking

The Resilience Think Tank provided an opportunity to share and appreciate varying understandings (both positive and negative) of this concept from both a theoretical/academic and more practical perspective.

In this talk, Oonsie Biggs looks at ways to use social-ecological resilience thinking to tackle Anthropocene challenges.

Reflections on Systemic Change

Contemporary definitions of the notion of resilience highlights the fact that resilience is the capacity of a system, be it an individual, a forest, a city or an economy, to deal with change and transformation. Understanding how systems change remains a challenge in navigating the complexity of the Anthropocene towards resilience and sustainability. Louis Klein, dean of the European School of Governance (, challenges our understanding of change and shows ways how and why to organise for purpose and transform social systems based on insights into systemic change, leverage and mind shift. Systems change is not so much about getting things done; it is the art of letting things grow.

Human Systems Dynamics: Foundations, discipline, praxis

Glenda Eoyang works with public and private organizations to help them thrive in the face of overwhelming complexity and uncertainty. She is a pioneer in the applications of complexity science to human systems, and she founded the field of human systems dynamics (HSD). Through Human Systems Dynamics Institute (, where she serves as founding executive director, Glenda uses her models and methods to help others see patterns in the chaos that surrounds them, understand the patterns in simple and powerful ways, and take practical steps to shift chaos toward coherence.

Resilience Think Tank 2019: Interrogating resilience in different contexts