Resilience Workshop

Building Community and Organisational Resilience 

This full-day workshop provides attendees with the knowledge to navigate the challenges ahead. Content packed, the workshop takes a holistic approach to exploring macro and micro issues that will impact local communities, businesses and local and regional government.

By embracing our vulnerabilities we can turn potential risks and challenges into strengths and opportunities. This workshop explores through robust analysis, discussion and collaboration how we can build resilience throughout our communities. By examining the primary drivers of change we can develop and create real-world solutions which move toward resilience. The workshop is broken into five parts.

 

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1. Resilient Thinking 

What is resilience? Why is it important? What are the barriers to resilience and reasons for inertia? Why do we make mistakes in the light of overwhelming evidence and data? This module helps shift our thinking towards building personal, organisational and community resilience.

Key outcomes: Participants will gain a lucid understanding of what makes for resilient individuals, organisations and communities. This module provides the tools to engage and connect with others at both an individual and organisational level.

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2. A Reality Check — Risks, Trends and Opportunities 

This module examines in detail the risks, challenges and trends that are, and will, increasingly impact communities and local and regional government authorities. The interconnected and networked structures that influence our economy, communities and environment are highlighted. This session unpacks some of the key drivers of change and explores the embedded complexity of a networked economy. This helps prioritise and reinforce which initiatives are of most importance to the local region and community. Potential solutions are work-shopped to develop local and regional resilience.

Key outcomes: This session challenges participants to critically analyse the vulnerabilities in their local community, organisation and region. Local and regional resource constraints, environmental and economic vulnerabilities are identified and assigned values and rankings by participants.

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3. Building a Resilient Mindset

This module examines the fundamental principles of resilience, delving into what it takes to develop a resilient mindset. This session draws on a systems thinking approach, providing participants with the techniques and strategies to creatively redesign and plan for uncertainty. Learning is embedded by providing real world examples of what it takes to develop a resilient mindset.

Key outcomes: Participants will be able to identify and test assumptions when making strategic decisions as to whether their actions fit the fundamental criteria of resilience.

 

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4. Resilience in Action

This module examines the fundamental principles of resilience, delving into what it takes to develop a resilient mindset. This session draws on a systems thinking approach, providing participants with the techniques and strategies to creatively redesign and plan for uncertainty. Learning is embedded by providing real world examples of what it takes to develop a resilient mindset. This session brings into play real-world examples of resilience in action from across the globe. Local and regional government examples highlight what some  municipalities are doing to prepare for an uncertain and volatile future.

This session also touches on what some regions and communities have done in regard to economic development. These examples help stimulate discussion and ideas of what can be explored within the local region and community.

Key outcomes: Participants will be prompted to question current initiatives and capital allocation in regard to the use of organisational and regional resources. This session engages participants to draw on their creativeness to model solutions that can be implemented and or dispersed at a local/regional level. 

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5. Shifting the Paradigm 

While it is important to understand the fundamentals and strategies used to build resilience, it is equally important to be able to communicate these messages and gain buy-in from constituents, groups and organisations. This module explores how we can communicate our messages so that they have the best chance of being heard, understood and embedded. Key motivators and drivers of behaviour change are explored and demonstrated. Real-world strategies employed by various organisations and communities help embed learning. 

Key outcomes: Participants will walk away with valuable skills and strategies that can be used to re-frame messaging and communications with constituents and other organisations.