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We live in a culture that values order and predictability. As a result, most of our artifacts and institutions are fragile—easily damaged by random forces. What if an object were antifragile, and actually thrived on chaos?

This is the fascinating premise of the latest book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, best-selling author of The Black Swan, a phenomenally successful book that pointed out the futility of...

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Iris Goodman is the Associate Guest Editor of the Resilience Issue

Resilience Practice ably picks up where Resilience Thinking (2010) left off. The book lays out examples of how people around the globe have put resilience principles into practice to manage their environs and their livelihoods. In this sequel, authors Brian Walker and David Salt again demonstrate their...

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Presidents of colleges and universities from California to Maine, including community colleges, four-year colleges,...

A new global report by The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) teamed with...

Preparing communities to cope with potential disasters is a tricky challenge, particularly when no one can predict...

The United Nations Environment Programme launched a new initiative in June 2012 called Principles for Sustainable...

The Rockefeller Foundation has established a bold new project aimed at improving the resilience of cities around the...

The cloud-computing industry, a huge and rapidly growing area of the technology sector, has been making headlines...

Is there a connection between neuroscience and conflict resolution? Beyond Conflict, a Cambridge-based NGO, would...

It is said that history repeats itself. Facing History and Ourselves is an NGO seeking to prevent some of history's...

Whale conservation just took a significant step forward. Earlier this year, the International Court of Justice (ICJ...

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Teaching students to live in a global world seems more important each year, but how is that possible if teachers remain locked in their classrooms? An organization is providing the resources to bring...
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Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and Beyond addresses important questions currently facing the continent: Is Australia's rapidly growing human population and economy environmentally sustainable for its...
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People who live in the relatively rich world consume too much. We consume too much for our health, too much for the future of the ecosystems in which we live, and too much for global freedom from...
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Following the Pulitzer prize victories of organizations like Inside Climate News and Pro Publica, non profits are growing in acclaim and credibility as journalistic organizations. The latest...
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How much do we really understand about the energy Americans use and produce? Wyoming, Louisiana, and Alaska consume the most total energy per person, according to brand new rankings published by...
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The world has changed. We now live in the “Anthropocene,” a new ecological age where humans and the rest of nature are so tightly interconnected that we are forced to take a broader, whole systems...
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Robert Goodland was the first ecologist hired by the World Bank and worked hard for 30 years to improve that institution’s environmental and human rights practices. He was the first winner of the...
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REVIEWING Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Chelsea Green, 2012 Farming in the United States is ebbing, and the growers who remain in...