In celebrating Universitas Pancasila’s 50th anniversary, we are proud to announce the Multidisciplinary International Conference “Resilience and Empowered Communities for Sustainable Development”, which will be held on 18 October 2016. Resilience, in a nutshell, is the ability of individuals, communities, systems and technology to adapt to the changes and the challenges it faces. Through this international conference, the University feels the need to articulate the importance of resilience in various fields and community development in enabling the public to play its role optimally in achieving sustainable development goals.
Nowadays, people live in challenging times where changes take place rapidly. Advances in technology and the rapid flow of information causes changes in the order of social life that has been considered well established. Resilience is a concept that emphasizes the ability of individuals, communities, systems and technology to adapt to the changes and the challenges it faces (Folke et al, 2002, Davoudi, 2012). In Indonesia, the discourse of resilience has mostly been done in the realm of national and food security. Physical development and community-minded disaster response, the use of a variety of natural materials and local wisdom to improve the quality of health, community effort to minimize the negative impacts of tourism through strengthening the cultural identity, as well as the development of business models that are better suited to the characteristics of the environment and social culture, is part of a growing resilience discourse.