Sustainability vs Resilience

In a recent opinion text in The New York Times, Andrew Zolli takes to task the sacrosanct concept of sustainability, a sort of ‘holy cow’ of development thinking.

By ‘sustainability’ he means ‘the idea that with the right mix of incentives, technology substitutions and social change, humanity might finally achieve a lasting equilibrium with our planet, and with one another’.

The author argues that the world today is in such a dis-balanced state that sustainability is almost an utopia.

Zolli opposes to this unrealistic expectation the concept of ‘resilience’, defined as ‘how to help vulnerable people, organizations and systems persist, perhaps even thrive, amid unforeseeable disruptions. Continue reading “Sustainability vs Resilience”