Online Workshop: Building Community-Based Resilience Through Innovations in Community Engagement and Innovation Networks

The concept of resilience has become a common catch word to convey the capacity to adapt constructively to change. It’s usage straddles several domains, including psychology, the natural and physical sciences, technology, engineering, economy, design and culture.  In each case, resilience is about building a kind of opportunistic capacity, that enables generative, strengthening development. It is not an absolute, but is built and nurtured, and applies at every scale: individual, household, organization, block, district, sector, society. 

Resilience is not abstract. It is tangible and demonstrable. It is built from the ground-up, where experimentation and improvisation lead to the most innovative and effective resilience-building. Public policy is essential for creating the enabling conditions for resilience to grow, but superimposing one-size-fit-all inhibit, rather than foster it. 

This workshop draws on case studies of community-based resilience strategies particularly from cities that have been faced with extraordinary challenges: Detroit, New Orleans, Mumbai, New York City, plus experiences from workshop participants that illustrate relevant lessons. Discussion topics include:

  • Developing useful definitions to resilience that reflect local challenges and responsive solutions;
  • Identifying and overcoming obstacles (policy, resources) to developing community-based strategies;
  • Ways to integrate multiple forms of resilience: environmental, cultural, social, and economic; and,
  • New tools available for communities to use to strengthen innovation networks.

This workshop is designed to fill the gap between a typical short webinar and a longer online course. Each workshop is led by an international expert, combines lectures and small group discussion, and meets online for two (2) hours, once a week for three weeks. There is also an online discussion board for sharing information and group discussion during the three weeks.  There is no grading. 

Instructor: Mary Rowe

Standard Fee: $325 CAN

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This workshop can be applied to the UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning.

"The title of the workshop captured my interest because I am particularly involved with the local First Peoples community in my city as a cultural program developer. Issues and ideas of “resilience” are very timely in discussions. The general knowledge sharing that Mary brought to the workshop was very informative and thought provoking. Although I have been immersed in community based resilience work for some years, it is always fabulous to hear from those who are coming at it from other directions and have diverse global experiences." - Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan. Program Coordinator, Heritage & First Peoples, City of Kingston

"In this online workshop, I hoped to engage in a discussion on various approaches to community inclusivity and development. Many interesting and effective examples were provided [including] support information on developing community resilience with regards to my upcoming Culture Plan."

Course Format

The format of this workshop is 100% online.

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