Saturday, May 30, 2015

Infrastructure Resilience Also Requires a Bounce Back Community

I found this highly interesting in the current issue of Time - Bounce Back / Scientist Now Know Why Some People Rebound So Well From Setbacks. They Also Know How The Rest of Us Can Be More Like Them by Mandy Oaklander.  This is the century in which engineering will need to place a much greater focus on infrastructure resilience.  Understanding infrastructure resilience and system risk will be important in the era of continuing extreme weather events and the exponential growth in urban development.  We will also have the continuing challenges associated with our deferred or limited funding in the context of our national infrastructure crisis.

In many respects, resilient infrastructure must have a platform based on resilient individuals and communities.  The two are tightly linked - - you cannot have one without the other.  Both have a common goal - - what is the best way to manage individual and collective stress.

The article listed 10 tips for developing a stronger resilient personality.  These are:

  1. Develop a gore set of beliefs that nothing can shake.
  2. Try to find meaning in whatever stressful or traumatic thing has happened.
  3. Try to maintain a positive outlook.
  4. Take cues from someone who is especially resilient.
  5. Don't run from things that scare you: face them.
  6. Be quick to reach out for support when things go haywire.
  7. Learn new things as often as you can.
  8. Find an exercise regimen you'll stick to.
  9. Don't beat yourself up or dwell on the past.
  10. Recognize what makes you uniquely strong - and own it.

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