Arctic regions are gaining external attention as climate change and technology advancements expand opportunities for economic exploitation in such diverse domains as tourism, information technologies, and mining. Media coverage and political conflict meanwhile highlight ecological change such as melting glaciers and permafrost, shifting precipitation, and related ecological interactions. National and international efforts are underway to define and implement policies and to mobilize resources hoping to mitigate impacts, but Arctic citizens themselves represent the key to regional resilience in the face of such irreversible change to natural and socio-economic landscapes. This chapter transcends the predominate analytical domains of system dependencies and decision analysis to explore how people live and interact within their communities to sense, respond, recover, and adapt to their changing world; the essence of resilience. We show how important concepts of agency, creativity, hope, meaning, and reflexivity allow people to interact and synthesize effective place-based, resilient capacity.
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