Tuesday 6
Collaborative Resilience in Practice I : Capacity Building
Bruce Goldstein
› 10:25 - 11:20 (55min)
› Antigone 3
Capacity building for collaborative resilience
Bruce Goldstein  1, *@  , Sanda Kaufman  2, *@  
1 : University of Colorado Boulder (USA)
2 : Cleveland State University  (CSU)  -  Website
2121 Euclid Ave Department of Urban Studies Cleveland, Ohio -  États-Unis
* : Corresponding author

Planners contend with relatively few resources and mandate and have little control over the complex social-ecological systems that they attend to. Rather than try to appropriate more power or just accept our ineffectualness, we need to develop planning processes that recognize this complexity and enhance collective capacity to choose whether to maintain existing conditions or adapt and even transform, and then to act on these intentions. We touch on planning scholarship that has engaged with resilience thinking across a range of arenas, including disaster response and mitigation (Berke et al. 2012), places' reaction to long-term change (Kaufman 2011), and human and ecological interactions (Goldstein et al. 2013, Hamin 2011). We then summarize recent conceptual developments in resilience thinking that are relevant to planning and help move us beyond narrow, technocratic understanding of resilience as “bouncing back”. Identifying remaining gaps in this understanding, we suggest how to address these gaps through a communicative approach that challenges the idea that resilience is defined in terms of just identifying system conditions or potentials. Our goal is to identify how planners can build capacity for communities to define their social-ecological system and then engage in deciding what future system is desirable, and what steps should be taken to realize these future possibilities. We then suggest how this approach can allow us to address critical planning tasks despite the bounded possibilities of time, reach and mandate, while opening the possibility to exert agency beyond a single spatially or temporally bounded location. By offering examples of how these approaches might enable help achieve this range of objectives, we develop the possibility that communicative planning approaches may enable us to promote resilience in ways that are non-instrumental, critical and empowering.


Berke, Philip, Gavin Smith and Ward Lyles. 2012. Planning for Resilience: An Evaluation of Coastal Hazard Mitigation Plans. Natural Hazards Review.

Goldstein, Bruce, Wessells, Anne Taufen, Lejano, Raul P., and William Butler. 2013. Narrating Resilience: Transforming Cities Through Collaborative Storytelling. Special issue of Urban Studies on urban Resilience.

Hamin, Elisabeth M.. 2011. "Integrating Adaptation and Mitigation in Local Climate Change Planning". Climate Change and Land Policies, eds. Ingram, Gregory K. and Yu-Hung Hong. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Kaufman, Sanda. 2011. Complex systems, anticipation, and collaborative planning for resilience, in Resilient Organizations: Social Learning for Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation, B. Goldstein editor, MIT Press, 2011.

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