RESILIENCE

If you lose one battle, don’t give up. Get up again, you have a war to win.” ― Sira Masetti

Do you stand or do you fall when setbacks and disappointments strike? Do you need to go through adversity to be resilient? That will depend on your unique genetics and life experiences. Build resilience by embracing failure and rejection and building strong networks. In a world of uncertainty your ability to be resilient is crucial.

Reality isn’t something you perceive; it’s something you create in your mind. Isaac Lidsky learned this profound lesson firsthand, when unexpected life circumstances yielded valuable insights. In this introspective, personal talk, he challenges us to let go of excuses, assumptions and fears, and accept the awesome responsibility of being the creators of our own reality.

Resilience Resources

You are more than you think you are, says former pro wrestler Mike Kinney — you just have to find what makes you unique and use it to your advantage. For years Kinney “turned up” the parts of himself that made him special as he invented and perfected his wrestling persona, Cowboy Gator Magraw. In a talk equal parts funny and smart, he brings his wisdom from the ring to everyday life, sharing how we can all live more confidently and reach our full potential.

What is this buzzword, “resilience?” And why should we care? Kathryn will explore the research and real-life applications behind this concept that underpins most of her work. Get ready to relearn your alphabet.

Another economic reality is possible — one that values community, sustainability and resiliency instead of profit by any means necessary. Niki Okuk shares her case for cooperative economics and a vision for how working-class people can organize and own the businesses they work for, making decisions for themselves and enjoying the fruits of their labour.

When artist Damon Davis went to join the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after police killed Michael Brown in 2014, he found not only anger but also a sense of love for self and community. His documentary “Whose Streets?” tells the story of the protests from the perspective of the activists who showed up to challenge those who use power to spread fear and hate.

10 Steps to Resilience

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When the world is stacked against you, do you rise or do you fall?  Do you lash out or do you survive?  Resilience is the ability to respond well to pressure, deal with setbacks effectively and bounce back quickly.

How do we train kids and adults to face challenge with calm, creativity, kindness, and effectiveness? From the new brain science to enduring values of faith and friendship, there is an inspiring roadmap for approaching our future best self forward.

Like any skill, resilience can be developed, it just takes some practice. So if you aren’t as resilient as you’d like to be, you can build on your existing skills to become more so.

Born with a genetic visual impairment that has no correction or cure, Susan Robinson is legally blind (or partially sighted, as she prefers it) and entitled to a label she hates: “disabled.” In this funny and personal talk, she digs at our hidden biases by explaining five ways she flips expectations of disability upside down.

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