Many thanks to the twenty folk who gathered yesterday for such a highly stimulating, engaging and productive seminar. I'm aiming to post up an edited video of elements of it, and some of the worksheets we developed. For those who attended, it would be great if you were able to write in response to this discussion (these are guides only)
- your immediate response to our discussions
- any questions you are left with
- things that you would like to do now as a result
This will help us to catch up the many people on this virtual group with our discussion, as well as providing some fresh avenues to follow.
If you feel you have a handle on a question that cries out for more discussion, PLEASE feel free to start a new discussion thread, rather than being constrained by replying here.
Now this resilience group is maturing, it will probably work to begin experimenting with discussion in addition to the more general conversation that's developing in the 'comments' section.
Ok! That was a really excellent seminar yesterday - thanks to all who came, and to Nick for organising/ facilitating.
For me, the meeting embodied the theme 'resilence as safety', "not safe as in cushions and everyone in agreement, but safe as in a mountaineering rope that allows you to go places you couldn't otherwise go" (Tristan Partridge 2009). As I write this - by pure coincidence - I can hear Kate Braithwaite speaking in the background on a youtube video about community ownership (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_EW-Lefgsg&feature=related) which reminds me that there is something crucial and magic about fusing the 'transformational' aspect of resilience (plants and all living things transform as they develop), and the defensive aspect (defending the space for community, for secure and fulfilling livelihoods and communities).
I'm glad the event was such a success. I look forward to attending future gatherings. Thanks Justin for the Tristan Partridge quote -I'd like to extend that metaphor to comment on the shared nature of resilience. That means we are bound together by ropes of trust and friendship not to restrict our movement but to allow us to climb to new hieghts without the fear of falling and mortally wounding our aspirations. To achieve our goals missteps are inevitable in a society and family that understands, forgives, guides and supports we all have the chance to be more resilient and achieve more individually and collectively. Our jails are full, laws are proposed to cut already meagre benefits for asylum seekers to half their current level, we spend on war and cut on education the sooner the understanding of the value and ethics of resilience affect our mainstream political thought the better!
I am off for a few days to learn more about the principals of Ubuntu, appreciative inquiry and the Power of Questions! I look forward to sharing any learning on my return as I believe these areas have a great deal to offer in our development of individual , community and international resilience.