2014 : The proposition of the convergence of individual and community resilience

Prof.Ir. Happy Ratna Sumartinah M.Sc, Ph.D


An unexpected result from a study of the Quality of Life (QoL) of 85 households in kampong Tunjungan, an informal settlement located in the CBD of Surabaya, Indonesia was the apparent existance of a resilience “tipping” point. The existance of such point would be significant in the resource allocation and programne prioritising. Moreover, further review and reflection of the data suggested a linear relationship of individual resilience up to that tipping point and then creation of additional community resilience and a non linear relationship beyond. Thus, there was an apparent convergence of individual and community resilience whereby the “whole was more than the sum of the individuals”. This paper sets out to put the proposition. Certainly, further research is required but the notion of such a covergemce and the possibility of a tipping point are intriguing.