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GFSC Global Applications for Community Resilience

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Facilitative disaster and crisis intervention - train your teams as a resource in your community. Contact GFSC at info@globalfacilitators.org

Facilitative disaster and crisis intervention - train your teams as a resource in your community. Contact GFSC at info@globalfacilitators.org


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  • All rights reserved. Global Facilitator Service Corps © 2007
  • All rights reserved. Global Facilitator Service Corps © 2007
  • All rights reserved. Global Facilitator Service Corps © 2007
  • All rights reserved. Global Facilitator Service Corps © 2007
  • All rights reserved. Global Facilitator Service Corps © 2007
  • All rights reserved. Global Facilitator Service Corps © 2007
  • 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]
  • 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
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    • 1. Facilitative Disaster & Crisis Intervention Building Community Resilience and Self-RelianceInitially presented to Gilbert Brenson-LazanIAF-Asia Conference Timothy Karpoff30 August, 2009 Marieann Shovlin Global Facilitator Service Corps, Inc. © 2009. All rights reserved.
    • 2. GFSC provides mentoring, methods, andmaterials to strengthen communityresilience in times of crisis and change. All rights reserved. Global Facilitator Service Corps, Inc. © 2007 2009
    • 3. Rebuilding Social Networks What is important: • After a community crisis, rebuilding social networks is as critical as rebuilding the physical environment. • Building a sense of community is as important as helping individuals build their own lives. • Building group resilience is as important as building individual resilience. All rights reserved. Global Facilitator Service Corps, Inc. © 2009
    • 4. Local Resources… • Group facilitators—and all those who help build a community—are an untapped resource in responding to crisis. • Teachers, doctors, pastors, social workers, community elders, and others—all can help rebuild social networks. • Facilitators have important core skills—and they need additional skills for crisis situations. All rights reserved. Global Facilitator Service Corps, Inc. © 2009
    • 5. Strengthening Local Capacity • Local communities retain capacity to respond to crisis—and local leaders & facilitators are in best suited to help strengthen this capacity. • Outsiders have very limited ability to help rebuild social networks. • Outsiders can create a dependence mindset in others—and a rescue mindset in themselves. All rights reserved. Global Facilitator Service Corps, Inc. © 2009
    • 6. Everything canbe taken awayfrom a person, except one thing:the freedom to choose an attitudein any given situation. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl All rights reserved. Global Facilitator Service Corps, Inc. © 2009
    • 7. How GFSC Can Help GFSC has a model that helps facilitators think and act effectively: • It is based on a social learning • To help groups and communities build resilience and move through crisis to rebuilding and recovery; and • To work alongside and to continue after the work of other crisis intervention organizations. All rights reserved. Global Facilitator Service Corps, Inc. © 2009
    • 8. DeLors Social Learning Model Group-based, experiential Living and Living and working working Learn New skills and ways together together to to live Develop as Jacques DeLors a person 1999 All rights reserved. Global Facilitator Service Corps, Inc. © 2007
    • 9. Key Points of GFSCCrisis to Resilience Model • Crisis > Change > Choice • Learning as a community • Understanding effective and ineffective behaviors • Applying effective leadership styles • Caring for ourselves as we care for others All rights reserved. Global Facilitator Service Corps, Inc. © 2009
    • 10. Crisis A symbol for crisis comprised of “danger” and “opportunity” • present in every change/transition • reactions are normal, natural and necessary • never takes away the ability to make choices All rights reserved. Global Facilitator Service Corps, Inc. © 2009
    • 11. What is Resilience?• The ability to face internal or external crisis and not only effectively resolve it but also learn from it, be strengthened by it and emerge transformed by it, both individually and as a group (Brenson-Lazan, 2003).• Resilience requires:  Personal Development  Interpersonal Development  Vision  Strategic Thinking All rights reserved. Global Facilitator Service Corps, Inc. © 2009 11
    • 12. Building ResilienceCrisis > Change > Choice Resilient, • Physical Self-Reliant • Psychological Community • Social • Spiritual External OPPORTUNITY Crisis ? INITIAL REACTIONS > & DENIAL > Internal DANGER • Existence • Significance • Options • Resources Unintended Consequences All rights reserved. Global Facilitator Service Corps, Inc. © 2009 12
    • 13. Building Community Resilience: Stages and Strategies Resilient, Self-reliant s Community tra tegie Associate t ive S Effec Activate Assimilate Accommodate Recovery Stages/Needs Survival Security Autonomy Community Social Climate/ Behaviors Reactive Receptive Proactive Interactive Avoid Abdicate Ineff Automate ectiv e Str ateg Alienate ies Unintended Consequences All rights reserved. Global Facilitator Service Corps, Inc. © 2009 13
    • 14. GFSC Global Applications• Medical personal in Taiwan Earthquake• Profesional Facilitators after Hurricane Katrina• Community Groups in Australian Fires• Refugee Shelters after a Colombian town was buried.• Educators after Landslide in Vargas City, Venezuela• Social Workers after Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua• First Responders in Los Angeles, California• Typhoon Morakot, Taiwan 14
    • 15. Contact GFSCwww.globalfacilitators.orginfo@globalfacilitators.org All rights reserved. Global Facilitator Service Corps, Inc. © 2009