This Art Call refers to Richard Heinberg's Think Resilience online course regarding the issues around climate change, history, present conditions, and possible futures.
From Lesson 13 in Part Three: The Basics:
"Resilience is...the ability of a system to absorb disturbances and still retain its basic function and structure."
Resilience "starts with what we value." Our ability to be open to new ideas, to trust, and to deepen our connections create a system whereby we are able to adapt and thrive.
Resilience embodies two concepts:
1) The adaptive cycle that involves "resource organization, growth, conservation, and release."
2) Panarchy in which "systems exist at multiple scales of space and time, and interactions across those scales determine what's happening within the system..."
In this image I created for this Art Call, I wanted to depict a component of a very small-scale system, a cell. This is my imaginary cell with some basic attributes of a real cell such as a nucleus, membrane, mitochondria, etc. Millions of years ago, cells began to form communities and specialize because it was to their survival advantage to do so. This enabled them to be much more efficient and resilient. Cells are incredibly adaptable and responsive to our thoughts. As Richard mentioned, resilience starts with what we value. I feel that in order for our society to change, people need to value their individual and community health and well-being. Our cells are listening to our thoughts and we can, at a very basic level, build resilience and change. Thank you!