Hawaii Wildfires Expose Need for Resilience in a Polycrisis World

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Joseph Fiskel argues that the Maui wildfire reveals just how unprepared communities are to face polycrises. In response, he advocates systems thinking and greater resilience: “Rather than simply ‘bouncing back’ from crises, a resilient organization will ‘bounce forward’ by sensing threats, adapting to new conditions, and improving its responsiveness to surprise events. This requires long-term thinking, increased agility, consideration of systemic risks, and learning from the collective experience of others.”


Publication Date

24 August 2023




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Op-Ed Commentary

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Disaster Prevention and Response • Policy and Practice

Uses the term polycrisis

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