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There is a significant difference between resilience and resistance. Resilience can be defined as a community’s ability to return to its former state after a disturbance. Resilience based approach to community development is founded on the belief that all citizens have the capability to rise above adversity and to thrive in spite of the adversity. Resilience theory is a strengths based model, which means attention is on giving the opportunities and supports that encourage life success, instead of attempting to get rid of the issues that promote failure.

Sometimes resilience is confused with the idea of resistance. Resistance is an effort to stop or prevent disruptive events from occurring. Some strategies applied in resistance include physical countermeasures like creating firewalls to shield computer systems from attack. On the other hand, resilience presupposes that resistance might not always be an option and therefore incorporate the provision of or access to optional services and resources if the resistance approach fails.

Resilience is not antithetical to resistance. Resilience encompasses resistance because if a society can resist an interruption, its resources are sufficient to prevent the interruption from reducing society functioning with no need for adaption. However, an approach that just directs resources towards resisting threats will almost surely be expensive, and maybe conflict with individual and societal liberties. Resilience is also much better because when resistance strategies do not succeed, they have a propensity to fail catastrophically. Resilience theory is based on a community’s adaptive ability. Resilience entails a community’s ability to remember and store experiences, and apply that experience and memory to reorganize resources, learn and innovate in order to get accustomed to shifting environmental demands.…...

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