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Feature/Disaster, hope, fear, and resilience in rural Puerto Rico

In the aftermath of hurricanes, the isolated rural communities in Puerto Rico were left to weather the damage and rebuilding alone. By returning to old ways and adopting new methods, they built stronger networks and sought deeper knowledge, inside and outside the US island territory.

WRITTEN BY Glynis Board
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Commentary/The Nairobi Dam: from community resource to open sewer – and back again

Originally built in the early 1950s to create a water supply reservoir, the Nairobi Dam has deteriorated significantly and now poses a threat to human and ecosystem health. Residents of Kibera, the informal settlement that borders the reservoir, have been transforming its tributaries into a lively network of community amenities and programmes since 2006.

WRITTEN BY Joseph Mulligan
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Theme/Knowledge matters

There are different ways of knowing. SwedBio, a programme at Stockholm Resilience Centre, works to connect knowledge systems that provide diverse and valid manifestations of knowledge.

WRITTEN BY Hannah Griffiths-Berggren & Daniele Crimella
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Feature/Greenpoint returns to its ‘greener’ days

From Brooklyn to Bangalore, community networks and collaboration yield success – and lessons, for governance and community involvement elsewhere.

WRITTEN BY Johanna Jelinek Boman
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Feature/Challenges along Guyana’s alternative development path

Can a forest conservation programme funded by Norway keep the nation’s forests intact while respecting indigenous rights and fostering other economic interests?

WRITTEN BY Erica Gies
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Feature/Globalisation and global warming threaten Inuit food security

Indigenous peoples face twin challenges to their food security: global warming and globalisation. Old ways are threatened. New foods are often unhealthier. Lou Del Bello explores how new ways of self-organisation may help support resilience in the Far North.

WRITTEN BY Lou Del Bello
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Commentary/Designers build a “Cloudfactory” to rethink design for resilience

Design thinking shares similar characteristics to resilience thinking. The Massive Small Collective reflects on the Cloudfactory’s focus on process rather than product as an example of doing “social design” and development differently, in a community in northern Hungary.

WRITTEN BY Lauren Hermanus & Andrew Campbell
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Feature/Seeds of investment for the future

Ethiopia’s first communal seed bank is an example of the power of genetic diversity to shield humans from environmental crises. But threats to the seed banks loom with the industrialisation of agriculture.

WRITTEN BY Lou Del Bello
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Feature/Past, present and future of lakes in Bengaluru

Restoring the lakes of Bengaluru would have wide-reaching impacts, and not just on water quality. Local peoples have solutions to multiple issues, from a connection to nature to multi-level stakeholder collaborations.

WRITTEN BY Naomi Lubick
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Feature/Trial and error in a Mexican beach town

The inhabitants of Xcalak started with coconuts, moved on to fish, welcomed tourists, and now face an ongoing struggle to find the right path ahead.

WRITTEN BY Lucas Laursen