I’ve been thinking a lot about resilience through our first days of this pandemic. Resilience is a topic that has interested me since I studied it briefly during my Masters degree where the focus was the resilience of infrastructure to climate change and extreme weather events. What’s happening at the moment is making me realise how broadly we need to consider resilience.
A traditional view of resilience might focus on being strong in the face of a challenge – being steadfast or hardy. However, in the wake of Covid-19 I suspect adaptability will be seen as being increasingly important in planning for resilience.
I’ve started collecting examples of how businesses are demonstrating their adaptability in response to our current circumstances. I’m not sure I can judge yet whether these approaches ensure they are resilient; that will play-out in the longer term.