Resilience Thinking - Applying a New Lens to Sustainability


Upon being offered the opportunity to submit a book review to the Journal of Environmental Investing, we immediately thought of ‘Resilience Thinking’, a formative book on sustainability principles. It outlines a comprehensive approach to sustainable ecosystem management to include social systems, business enterprises, and social-ecological systems.

Resilience Thinking

In an era where resources are stretched to capacity, a new paradigm of creation and consumption is key in reshaping a more “resilient” world. An increasing population coupled with an insatiable demand and disappearing resources, compels us to re-evaluate current consumption patterns and re-imagine production systems.

The ethos of Global Shokunin is steeped in the fundamentals of resiliency. We support and promote low-carbon slow production methods to create small-batch artisanal goods that are biodegradable and can be perpetually recycled or upcycled. All through history, the human race has exhibited great ingenuity in resource utilization and before the advent of modern systems and technology, we were using natural resources with great economy. By leveraging traditional production methods steeped in indigenous cultures, high quality products can be created that are well-suited for a modern lifestyle. After all, people prefer to surround themselves with unique handcrafted goods rather than mass-manufactured products that are rolling off assembly lines with little regard for the impact on social-ecological systems. At Global Shokunin, we advocate buying less and choosing well from our range of ecological global artisanal goods!

Resilience Thinking offers a new paradigm in resource managementoffering a different way of understanding the world. Through this insightful book, the authors provide a practical guide to understanding complex and dynamic ecosystems and applying the principles of resiliency to their management. This approach views humans and natural systems as interwoven entities continually adapting through cycles of change, and endeavors to evaluate the qualities of a social-ecological system that must be maintained, or enhanced to achieve sustainability.   

We think this book is must read! Click here to read our review of Resilience Thinking’ or  you can read it on page 372 of the Journal of Environmental Investing.

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