Andrew Zolli on Resilience:
We’re in a moment now as a species, as societies, as communities, at all different levels, where we’re experiencing increasing amounts of volatility. So 10 years ago we used to marvel…that a butterfly could flap its wings on one side of the planet and you could have a hurricane on the other side of the planet. In an era where every butterfly is connected to every hurricane, you start to worry about the flapping of those butterfly wings — “What can we do to stop that?” Because the ecological system, the economic system, the geopolitical system, the climate system, the food security system, are all connected to each other in ways that cause very complex, highly unpredictable, nonlinear outcomes. So all of those systems being connected, leads us to a place where increasingly instead of trying to find an equilibrium in a planet that’s out of balance, we also have to try and manage with the unbalances. We have to manage in a world that’s intrinsically out of order. And that means protecting - especially vulnerable people - from the shocks and disruptions that are becoming the hallmark of the age.
– Seth Godin from The Art of Noticing and Then Creating from On Being
Milan Kundera from The Unbearable Lightness of Being