Nurturing Resilience for Sustained Peacebuilding (611)

Bill Lowrey and Alice Petersen

Resilience is the capacity to rebound, recover and adapt after experiencing significant shocks and regain the ability to sustain commitments while maintaining core values and integrity. This course will address the nurturing of personal resilience, the development of community resilience, and the importance of organizational resilience in a rapidly changing and turbulent world. Discussions will focus on theories and tools of resilience, giving the greatest weight to nurturing personal resilience. Participants will use experiential learning techniques to examine their own lives and become familiar with specific resilience tools and frameworks as they construct a Personal Resilience Plan based on a provided template.

In this course you will explore personal resilience through:

  • Tools of self-care;
  • The critical role of bonded, bridged, and linked relationships;
  • The leveraged value of specialist support;
  • The vital necessity of compassionate engagement in the world;
  • The importance of anticipating challenges and potential future shocks; and
  • The art of pacing oneself for sustained mission and well-being.

Beyond personal resilience, the course will explore key elements of building community resilience in areas that are prone to natural disasters and destructive conflicts. Recognizing that local and international organizations working in turbulent settings must also develop organizational resilience, special attention will be paid to concepts that include translational leadership and the necessity of embracing “adhocracy” approaches linked with self-organizing systems. You will learn to connect the inter-relatedness of personal, community and organizational resilience and the potential for mutual reinforcement.

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