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Workshop 1: Community Resilience to Extreme Events

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University of Stirling

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A free, one-day workshop that explores current understanding of, and engagement with, community resilience in the face of extreme events from communities, practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and the wider world and how we build an evidence-base and network to push this agenda forward. The workshop will hear from Serge Marti from LifeMosaic, a charity which supports indigenous peoples. Serge will speak on the intersection between global extreme events (climate change, ecosystem destruction, culture and language loss, etc.) and national/local extreme events (loneliness, depression, self-harm, etc.), relating these to disconnection from self, society, culture and land. He will then discuss examples of how to increase resilience and to tackle these issues in part by supporting the spread of community-led approaches, which allow communities to regain control over their lives, and can deliver powerful changes that ripple across society. This talk will be followed by group discussions and activities centred around building an understanding of what community resilience is and how we can build it in our own communities.


Refreshments and tea/coffee will be provided during the day.

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Rough timetable:

09:30 - 10:00: Arrival with tea/coffee available

10:00 - 10:35: Welcome, ice breaker and introductions

10:35 - 11:00: What do we mean by extreme events?

11:00 - 12:00: Keynote presentation from Serge Marti

12:00 - 12:45: Lunch

12:45 - 13:45: What makes communities resilient in the face of extreme events?

13:45 - 14:30: What evidence do we have about these features of resilient communities?

14:30 - 15:00: Tea/coffee break

15:00 - 15:45: What do we need to do to build on/share the evidence base?

15:45 - 16:00: Sum up, agree actions and thanks


Travel bursaries are available for those working/volunteering for charities, community groups, on low incomes, unemployed or students. Please contact Tony Robertson (tony.robertson@stirling.ac.uk) in advance of the workshop if you would like more information and to request one.

A second workshop will also be run in April 2019 to build on this workshop and will focus on current best practice in community resilience and practical steps for building a network and community of our own around community resilience to extreme events. We will share an invite and registration page for this workshop nearer the time. The confirmed date is 15th April 2019 and the workshop will take place at the University of Stirling. A public event will also take place in July 2019 at the University and similarly a further invite will be shared nearer the time.


Workshop attendees will also be asked if they wish to participate in a research study linked to the workshops where we will collect and analyse discussion notes from the events. Anonymous data from the workshops will be collected and used in publications, presentations and blogs. Prior to the workshop we will send everyone an information sheet about the study and the process for taking part. We are using an opt-out consent process, whereby those who do not wish to take part in the research project (their notes/discussion points recorded) will complete a consent form to inform the research team. Those who opt out of the study will be asked to record any notes on unique coloured post-it notes. Those who do not wish to take part (or who decide to not take part during the workshop) may also wish to note on the reverse of a post-it note if your notes should not be used in our analysis (e.g. you decide to opt out mid-way through the workshop) and you could also retain these notes rather than submit them. Opting out of the research study will not affect your ability to attend and fully participate in the workshops.


Full details on the proposed project (Building a Movement: Community Development and Community Resilience in Response to Extreme Events) and events are available here. This project is funded by the National Centre for Resilience to Sandra Engstrom, Fiona Millar and Tony Robertson.

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