In a column published in The Barrie Examiner, Canadian Green Erich Jacoby-Hawkins writes about his city of Barrie joining the “Transition Town” movement. Begun in England, Jacoby-Hawkins describes a “Transition Town”, or a resilient community, this way:
What is resilience? Basically, it means the ability of a person, community, or whole economy to survive and function in the face of change or outside shocks. Someone or something resilient can roll with the punches and adapt as needed, absorb disturbance and reorganize, still retaining essentially the same function, structure, and identity despite undergoing change.