Some communities are destroyed by tragedy and disaster. Others spring back. Here’s what makes the difference.
The Washington Post - 12/09/2015
How do people survive and move on from tragedies like last week’s terrorist attacks at home and abroad? When does a tragedy — whether human-made or natural disaster or a combination of the two — destroy a community, and when do they recover and thrive?
For me, it’s a question that’s both personal and professional. In 2005, my family’s home and possessions were destroyed by the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina. Since then, I’ve researched why some communities rebound after crisis while others languish. The answer is in an often misunderstood concept called “resilience.”