After long discussions, and work in a special ad-hoc committee, delegates agreed on the following core definition:
…”the ability to absorb and adapt” (in a complex environment)
This core definition might be enhanced with specific text, as the one in above brackets. It reflects two crucial abilities: the organism is resilient if the sudden or gradual changes to its environment are absorbed (like a tree bending in the wind) and finally this organism has adapted to a permanent change (like trees on a stormy coast which do not grow up vertically).
This concept of a core definition plus extensions should help focusing on different aspects of resilience, such as organizational resilience or community resilience.
It is expected that this definition might still be slightly modified
Your inputs are welcome, I’m looking forward to your comments.