There is no universally agreed definition of 'community resilience'. This may be a good thing. It means that local people can be free to come up with the definition that works for them. In some places using the term 'community resilience' might help to galvanise a group into action; in others, it might be off-putting. Ultimately, it doesn't really matter what this work is called: what matters most is that it helps people future-proof their communities on the basis of agreed values. From this starting point, this book sets out to explore questions that include:
How are communities already resilient? .... and is it possible to 'break through' to create communities which are more resilient in the context of future challenges?
What is community resilience, anyway? Can we boil it down to a few dimensions to keep in focus?
What outside help from other communities, funders, government and others might be useful?