#05, May 2020

What can community resilience tell us about our capacity for systemic transformation?

The emergency response required by the COVID-19 pandemic led a number of states to intervene on a variety of levels in the lives of their citizens. This was in the name of public health, and for the most part, communities were quick to accept that they would have to set aside certain interests for the well-being of their more vulnerable members. Despite these efforts, the emergence of support networks, the dedication of volunteers and contributions from the army, this invisible enemy still managed to work its way into already-wide gaps in our systems and institutions. Going forward, we need to draw upon what we’ve learned from this collective experience—the good and the bad—in order to establish priorities for the coming years. The fifth issue of Raccords explores the shape of resilience and social capital within the bigger picture of the socio-ecological transition. (Photo credit : Éric Demers)

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