Mark Robinson is known internationally for his original writing on adaptive or creative resilience. This includes the papers Making Adaptive Resilience Real and The Role of Diversity in Building Adaptive Resilience Real (co-written with Tony Nwachukwu).

Adaptive resilience is defined as ‘The capacity to remain productive and true to core purpose and identity whilst absorbing disturbance and adapting with integrity in response to changing circumstances’ but it is important to note the role of creativity in that, and the impact the cultural sector can have on its environment. Our research has identified 8 characteristics that tend to make organisations more resilient over time, and more able to ride the rollercoaster of the adaptive cycle without losing your nerve.

Thinking Practice can work with individual organisations, with groups of organisations in a particular place, or with artform-based groups or networks to first examine current indicators of resilience and then work on building up the most relevant elements.

Please browse through the Creative Resilience section to see material on this subject. As we produce new tools and articles we will make these available on the Downloads and Publications pages.