About ICR

The Neahtawanta Center has undertaken a project called Investigating Resilience in our Community.

Through the lens of various themes we look at the state of our community’s resilience. With our host Dave Barrons, each program of ICR-Investigating Community Resilience illustrates one or more characteristic of resilience in our Grand Traverse Bay region.

Definition of Resilience from the Resilience Alliance

Ecosystem resilience is the capacity of an ecosystem to tolerate disturbance without collapsing into a qualitatively different state that is controlled by a different set of processes. A resilient ecosystem can withstand shocks and rebuild itself when necessary. Resilience in social systems has the added capacity of humans to anticipate and plan for the future. Humans are part of the natural world. We depend on ecological systems for our survival and we continuously impact the ecosystems in which we live from the local to global scale. Resilience is a property of these linked social-ecological systems (SES). “Resilience” as applied to ecosystems, or to integrated systems of people and the natural environment, has three defining characteristics:

  • The amount of change the system can undergo and still retain the same controls on function and structure

  • The degree to which the system is capable of self-organization

  • The ability to build and increase the capacity for learning and adaptation

As we focus in on some specific areas within our social community, such as food systems, health care, energy and economics, we will investigate their level of resilience based on indicators such as: vibrancy, inclusiveness, diversity, optimism, cooperation, self reliance. Ecological systems can be assessed by using some of the same indicators, along with fragmentation, degradation, ability for regeneration, resistance to disease, and balance.