Davos 2013: 'Dynamic resilience' in a volatile world
Nobody talks about "resilience" when all is well.
The ability to bounce back, stronger than ever, after having been knocked for six, is what is required now, both by the global economy, by governments and by companies.
As such, resilience could perhaps be defined as a mixture of determination, ability and hope that everything will be all right in the end.
"Resilient" is one of the two buzzwords at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting this week.
The other buzzword is "dynamism".
The global business leaders and politicians who are gathering in Davos in Switzerland this week appear to see the term as synonymous with forceful and energetic behaviour, whether by individuals such as themselves, or by companies, governments or international institutions.
Assholes. It's easy to be "resilient" when you're rich. And "forceful and energetic behavior" is easy too, easily when you're a liar with a big swinging dick.
The declared aim of Davos is rather to share ideas, to inspire change, to give the leaders the ammunition [Oldthink. It's all drones these days!] they will need once they leave this secluded alpine valley and return to the real world [as they understand it], ready to change things, bit by bit, until hopefully, one day, the world has become a better place [for whom?]
And if it never does become any better, then at least its leaders, its institutions, its companies and its nations, should be able to deal with the challenges that are thrown at them in a dynamic fashion.
The hope and the warning therein are thus: let the world become resilient, for it is going to need it.
For me being resilient is having household systems that don't fail, including being able to grow food, and not getting sick. Somehow, though, I don't think these people mean "resilient" in quite that way.