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Rethink will publish a new story every thursday
Rethink (rethink.earth), a new online publication based at the centre, launched this month. The new online magazine will publish in-depth features that communicate resilience thinking to people who might use it in global development, policy making, research, and more.
Rethink is short for resilience thinking and the publication will be part of communicating lessons learned under the GRAID programme at the Centre. The project is also the result of a discussion at the centre over the past few years about how best to tell the long and sometimes complex stories that resilience research uncovers, in a compelling way and to a broader audience.
“Global development happens everywhere, and that means we want to tell stories from everywhere. You might read in Rethink about innovative urban lake restoration in Bangalore, or how centuries old ways of farming rice in Balinese water temples takes the whole system into account to produce the best yields. Our future stories might describe urban farming in Detroit, or art that explains climate change in South Africa,” says Rethink editor Naomi Lubick.
“The point is to talk about how systems change and adapt, and in the end, how we can create a more resilient world, in the sense of resilience examined by the Stockholm Resilience Centre.”
The first feature published in Rethink on 19 January explores the centre’s definition of resilience. The feature, “Rethink Earth”, talks about centre director Carl Folke’s work and a partial history of resilience research.
In the piece, Lubick writes, “Resilience of a community, city, rainforest or any social-ecological system at all means that it has the capacity to be flexible and deal with changes without changing its basic identity, so to speak. A resilient system can cope with pressure from outside and continue developing within a certain configuration, good or bad.”
Lubick and her colleagues Marika Haeggman and Owen Gaffney, want to bring reported journalism and deep commentary to the publication, and are looking for voices to write for Rethink from the development community, as well as from the communities where they work. The end product should be a good read, communicating deep lessons learned based on scientific understanding of social-ecological systems.
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