Eight qualities determine whether a system is resilient.

These qualities are found in all natural systems and all systems man creates.

The eight qualities can be summarized in the acronym CLIMATED.

The C is for Modular Connectivity. It all begins with connectivity, your willingness to reach out and discover new partnerships and cooperative  enterprises. But we can be too connected. How are we to be both connected and independent? We’ll explore this paradox in the link below.

C =Modular Connectivity-Networked yet Independent

The L is for Locally Self-Organized. The foundation of all resilient systems is local self-organization, but what is local? What scale are you operating within and how does a self-organized system emerge? The link below will give you practical tools and real life examples to guide you in developing a robust locally self-organized food system.

– L=Locally Self Organization in Resilient Systems

The I is for Conservative Innovation.  No system can adapt unless it can innovate.  Yet as we change our systems to become more connected and more self-organizing how do we conserve time tested strategies while not slowing innovation? At the link below are resources to explore one paradox of resilient systems: being innovative, yet traditional.

– I=Innovative yet conservative

The M is for Maintenance and Responsive Redundancy. Foremost among the qualities crucial to resilience are those which back up, maintain and reproduce the system.  Whether it’s a backup business plan, spare parts, seed stock, son, daughter or employee, who’s got your back? Click the link below and improve your system’s redundancy.

M=Who’s got your back? Maintenance and Responsive Redundancy

The A is for Accumulation of Reserves and Physical Infrastructure. Resilient systems accumulate reserves and physical infrastructure to enable them to cope with disturbance. The heart of any resilient agricultural system is high quality soil composed of a diverse set of complementary species.  Soil represents part of the infrastructure any resilient system creates to support itself through any disturbance.  Explore the link below how to increase the reserves and physical infrastructure common to all resilient systems. We begin with the most basic infrastructure-you, the manager.

– A=Accumulating Reserves and Physical Infrastructure

The T is for Transformation. Sometimes innovation isn’t enough, the system must be totally transformed to respond to extreme disturbance. A system can become over-mature, calcified and slow to change in the face of disturbance. Resilient systems embrace disturbance, using it to ensure periodic transformation. Learn about embracing disturbance for transformation at the link below.

– T=Embracing Disturbance for Periodic Transformation

The E is for Ecological Integration. How do resilient systems work with nature?  How do systems become more integrated with natural ecological processes. How can natural processes become ecological engineers working on our behalf instead of enemies to be fought?  The link below helps you make your systems more ecologically integrated.

– E=Working with Nature Toward Ecological Integration

The D is for Diversity, but a complementary diversity. As we work with nature we encounter another resilience paradox. Ecologically resilient systems are highly diverse, but too much diversity can destroy a system. The link below shows that only through complementary diversity does resilience results.

– D=The Necessary Give and Take of Complementary Diversity

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If you’d like to determine how your community ranks on these qualities, see how you fare on this assessment.