Resources on resilience

April 22, 2015

There are many books available on the subject of ­resilience. Here is a list of but a few.

Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back

by Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy

What causes one system to break down and another to rebound? Are we merely subject to the whim of forces beyond our control? Or, in the face of constant disruption, can we build better shock absorbers—for ourselves, our communities, our economies and for the planet as a whole?

Reporting firsthand from the coral reefs of Palau to the back streets of Palestine, Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy relate breakthrough scientific discoveries, pioneering social and ecological innovations and important new approaches to constructing a more resilient world. Zolli and Healy show how this new concept of resilience is a powerful lens through which we can assess major issues afresh: from business planning to social development, from urban planning to national energy security—­circumstances that affect us all.  Provocative, optimistic and eye-opening, ­Resilience sheds light on why some systems, people and communities fall apart in the face of disruption and, ­ultimately, how they can learn to bounce back.
Source: Amazon

The Mentor’s Guide to Promoting Resiliency

by Horacio Sanchez

The Mentor’s Guide to ­Promoting Resiliency combines the most current research studies, scientific findings and brain-based strategies into a clear, concise explanation of why life’s failures occur, and what can be done to improve the probability of success for even the highest risk child and ­adolescent.
Source: Amazon

Too Safe for Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive

by Michael Ungar

Canadian children are safer now than at any other time in history. So why are we so fearful for them? When they’re young, we drive them to playdates, fill up their time with organized activity and cocoon them from every imaginable peril. We think we are doing what’s best for them. But as they grow into young adults and we continue to manage their lives, running interference with teachers and coaches, we are, in fact, unwittingly stunting them.

Internationally respected social worker and family therapist Michael Ungar tells us why our mania to keep our kids safe is causing us to do the opposite: put them in harm’s way. Continuing to protect our kids from failure and disappointment can cause many of them to miss out on the “risk-taker’s advantage,” the benefits that come from experiencing manageable amounts of danger. Ungar offers the support parents need in setting appropriate limits and provides concrete suggestions for allowing children the opportunity to experience the rites of passage that will help them become competent, happy, thriving adults.

Web resources

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