Resilient Communities

Wheel with religious symbols.

At Building Resilience we have been discussing the difficulty some have with the application of resilience Skills & Attitudes and how they apply when it comes to building community resilience. Most of us can define resilience as the ability to “bounce back from hard times”. We have at least a basic understanding, through personal experience, of how the Skills & Attitudes can be used to deal with challenges on an individual level. But it is important to recognize the application to communities as well.

This morning I read an article online that appeared in The Press of Atlantic City titled Stockton conference highlights resilience in face of violence against religious people by COLT SHAW Staff Writer. In it he states, Continue reading “Resilient Communities”

Who am I and Why Resilience?

Boats docked on the South Portland side of Casco Bay Maine.

As Building Resilience embarks on our newest journey, I think about both where we are going and from whence we came. I see that my experiences with adversity and uncertainty have led me to where I am today. I learned the Skills & Attitudes of resilience by exposure to much adversity both personally and professionally. And though I have no regrets regarding my journey for it has made me who I am today…there are easier ways to learn.

Here is what I have learned from my journey. Continue reading “Who am I and Why Resilience?”

Is Resilience A “Mask”?

In an online article called Tackle reasons forcing nurses to be ‘resilient’, warn RCN members by  Junior Reporter and Online Assistant for Nursing Times, she writes, “Resilience is the “mask” that nurses are forced to wear because of workplace pressures and demands, members of the profession have warned during a discussion at the Royal College of Nursing congress this week.”

The attendees at the conference posed the question as to whether or not resilience is “a positive attribute and one to be aspired to in the modern healthcare workforce.” Continue reading “Is Resilience A “Mask”?”

PrepTalks by F.E.M.A.

We will begin sharing some very interesting information and videos put together by FEMA. There is a wealth of information that can be found by following this link, PrepTalks, or by checking in with us periodically.

“PrepTalks are given by subject-matter experts and thought leaders to spread new ideas, spark conversation, and promote innovative leadership for the issues confronting emergency managers now and over the next 20 years. Continue reading “PrepTalks by F.E.M.A.”

Crowdfunding Kickoff

We believe that resilience is key to managing both personal and global stressors. We know that resilience can be learned. We help to build resilient communities; one individual at a time. With your help, we will provide no-cost training to three communities that research indicates would benefit from increased resilience, and, who we believe are in a position to make a significant contribution to building community resilience. Those communities are immigrants, students, and 1st responders. Click the image below to learn more about our target communities.

Firefighter in full gear pointing with ruins of 911 in the background.

Tomorrow we launch our Indiegogo Crowdfunding campaign, Building Resilience in Maine and Beyond, in an attempt to raise the funds needed to do just that. Our initial target markets are federal, state and local government, social service, and non-profit programs that serve our target communities. These programs have limited operational budgets and even smaller training budgets with stiff competition for those training dollars. If we are to compete for those funds, we must be able to demonstrate the value of what we have to offer. Continue reading “Crowdfunding Kickoff”