Human resilience is the capacity to survive. It is as much about release from the past as about endurance in the present and arrival in the future. [adapted from Barry Unsworth, “Never Far From Dispair” in NY Times Book Review, 29 March 2009]
Change is external, causing internal adjustments; learning/rediscovering coping skills; decision-making under stress; evaluating consequences of decisions, for citizens and for communities and responsible leaders, agencies, etc.. Importance of remembering that leaders are also citizens, going through their own process while being responsible for well being of community. Our workshop has techniques to address these issues.
What is Community Resilience & Self-reliance? After a crisis, how do you and the community rebound? How does a community find their strengths to help one another and move forward as a community? Crises include: N eighborhood fire local school is vandalized Neighborhood children injured/killed in bus accident Snowstorm cuts the power for days, people freeze to death Local plant/factory closed, putting thousands out of work People displaced by Hurricane Katrina, no permanent, housing, jobs Bridge collapse Earthquakes, mudslides, bush fires, drought Change : Normal will never be the same What resources do we have within our community? What do we need temporarily? How do we rebuild our social infrastructure? How do we help ourselves through the process, allowing us to recognize our losses, figure out what we need and how to get there
Overview of Effective/Ineffective Leadership Styles Not just for designated “leaders” but for all citizens, agencies and organziations affected by or responsible for community. Review each and how appropriate at different stages, as well as throughout the process. Especially note that ineffective leadership styles are damaging across the stages. Need more detailed explanation of each.
Discuss what this means to participants. What is already in place? What would they like to have?
Transcript of "GFSC Global Facilitators Serving Communities"
Crisis > Change > Choice Building Community Resilience
<ul><li>The capacity of individuals and institutions to take intentional action, responding to the unexpected as well as influencing the course of social and economic change. </li></ul><ul><li>Resilient Communities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>are aware of and use both local and outside resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>are aware of and respond to attitudes and behaviors of local citizens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>develop a range of organizations and groups that address local needs collaboratively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>involve all segments of the population in planning, implementation and evaluation </li></ul></ul>What is Community Resilience? Source: Centre for Community Enterprise, 2000
Building Community Resilience 4 Stages Survival Security Autonomy Community Reactive Receptive Proactive Interactive Social Climate/ Behaviors Recovery Stages/Needs Unintended Consequences Resilient, Self-reliant Community Ineffective Strategies Effective Strategies
Building Community Resilience Choice Ineffective Strategies Effective Strategies Accommodate Assimilate Activate Associate Abdicate Automate Alienate Survival Security Autonomy Community Reactive Receptive Proactive Interactive Avoid Unintended Consequences Resilient, Self-reliant Community Social Climate/ Behaviors Recovery Stages/Needs
Building Community Resilience Leadership Styles Directing Coordinating Collaborating Consulting Resilient, Self-reliant Community Unintended Consequences Unavailable Unresponsive Domineering Uncoordinated Survival Security Autonomy Community Reactive Receptive Interactive Proactive Social Climate/ Behaviors Recovery Stages/Needs Effective Leadership Ineffective Leadership
<ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbors helping neighbors </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing what agency or organization to contact for help </li></ul><ul><li>Easily accessible contacts in agencies, even months after initial crisis </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinated community outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Trained citizens and professionals who will assist responsible organizations </li></ul>Resilient, Self-reliant Communities Human resilience is the capacity to survive. It is as much about release from the past as about endurance in the present and arrival in the future. * *adapted from Barry Unsworth, Never Far From Despair, NY Times Book Review, 29 March 2009
<ul><li>GFSC believes that </li></ul><ul><ul><li>people and communities are capable of self-determination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>facilitation skills are effective catalysts to build, rebuild and sustain self-reliant communities. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GFSC provides mentoring, methods and materials to strengthen community resilience in times of crisis and change. </li></ul><ul><li>Web: http://globalfacilitators.org </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul>
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