Building resilient communities

October 7 - November 1, 2019 Application deadline: April 26, 2019


In this course, participants will explore the nature of resilient communities and consider different approaches to how such resilience can be fostered and cultivated. Community initiatives and responses to changes in environmental, economic, political, cultural and social systems will be explored through a lens of sustainability, inclusion and justice. Strategies by which communities can secure and protect their future well-being shall be examined, through case studies and the shared experiences of participants. Participants will develop a strategy to build community resilience appropriate to specific opportunities and challenges in their home context. The course will include field visits to local communities engaged in building resilience.

Personal Benefits:

By the end of the course, participants can expect to be able to:

  • Critically examine the social, cultural, environmental, economic and political determinants of community resilience from different theoretical perspectives;
  • Identify tools and strategies that enhance community resilience, with a focus on community-driven and asset based approaches; and
  • Bring a ‘resilience lens’ to other community based development initiatives and programs.

Methods

Experiential, participatory methods will provide opportunities for participants to learn from each other, and from experiences elsewhere.  Facilitators will share their own knowledge and experience of building resilient communities and will draw on written and video case studies to share both the successes and challenges faced around the world. A field trip to a local community will provide a hands-on opportunity to see examples of building resilience.

Who should take the program?

This program is designed for change leaders working to strengthen the capacity of local citizens and communities to develop their resilience and enhance local well-being and sustainability. Prospective participants likely work for or are engaged with civil society and community-based organizations, NGOs and local governments.