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What is Anti-Fragility?



"Anti-Fragility is a new way of thinking about mitigating risk. The concept of Anti-Fragility builds on earlier work focusing on the characteristics of biological systems that, being more than just robust, actually improve their resilience through being stressed. The concept was developed primarily in the context of the financial crises but has now been applied much more broadly.


The fragile cannot withstand stress. The robust can, but only up to its inbuilt limit of strength, that may decline over time. Thus, like the Thames Barrier, the robust is always waiting for a wave that is bigger than it, that will destroy it. The anti-fragile gets stronger by being stressed, just as I get stronger by exercising. It strengths grows, and with it, its ability to survive and flourish.”


- Professor Tony Bendell

What is the Academy?


The Anti-Fragility Academy was set up by Professor Tony Bendell to offer evaluation, consultation and advice to organisations as to how they might render themselves less fragile.

If you'd like to get involved with the Academy or find out about future events, you can get in touch here.​

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