The origin of the adaptive cycles’ model derives from the comparative study of ecosystem dynamics. It is meant to be a tool for analyzing the dynamics of natural or other systems.

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The concept of resilience was originally introduced by Holling (1973) as a concept for understanding the ability of an ecosystem with alternative attractors to persist within a state when subjected to disturbances.

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Systems can change their properties depending on external or internal controls, in linear or nonlinear ways, or by dynamics known as alternative states or sudden regime shifts.

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Poverty and rigidity traps are configurations that control the evolution of adaptive cycles and SES dynamics.

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