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Disturbance, Response, and Persistence in Self-Organized Forested Communities: Over-Time Analysis of Five Communities in Southern Indiana

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Fleischman, Forrest; Boenning, Kinga; Daedlow, Katrin; Garcia-Lopez, Gustavo A.; López, Maria Claudia; Mincey, Sarah; Schmitt-Harsh, Mikaela; Basurto, Xavier; Fischer, Burnell C.; Ostrom, Elinor
Conference: Workshop on the Workshop 4
Location: Indiana University Bloomington
Conf. Date: June 3-6, 2009
Date: 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/987
Sector: Social Organization
Region: North America
Subject(s): social behavior
resilience
collective action
human ecology
Abstract: "In this paper we utilize Ostrom's (2007) diagnostic framework for socio-ecological systems to examine the factors that contribute to social responses to disturbances in a set of five Indiana, USA intentional communities over a fifteen year time frame. We argue that the concept of robustness is useful in understanding designed aspects of socio-ecological systems because it emphasizes the trade-offs between achieving different goals, but is difficult to measure over long time-frames and across criteria. We thus introduce the concept of persistence as an empirically observable metric for long-enduring socio-ecological systems. We find that Communities with strong collective choice processes that reflect shared value are more able to respond adaptively to disturbances, and therefore have a higher probability of persisting over long time-frames."

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