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.

“We have seen advances in every aspect of our lives — except our humanity,” says Luma Mufleh, a Jordanian immigrant and Muslim of Syrian descent who founded the first accredited school for refugees in the United States. Mufleh shares stories of hope and resilience, explaining how she’s helping young people from war-torn countries navigate the difficult process of building new homes. Get inspired to make a personal difference in the lives of refugees with this powerful talk.

Resilience Worksheets

AWARENESS RAISING EXERCISE
AWARENESS RAISING EXERCISE

The purpose of this exercise is simply to heighten awareness of how you tend to respond to adversity.

STRENGTHS EXERCISE
STRENGTHS EXERCISE

Get to know your strengths by answering the following questions…

VISION BOARD EXERCISE
VISION BOARD EXERCISE

Living with purpose will afford you a better understanding of why certain things happen and you’ll be better equipped to handle what comes your way.

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.

We often find ourselves stuck in narrow social circles with similar people. What habits confine us, and how can we break them? Organizational psychologist Tanya Menon considers how we can be more intentional about expanding our social universes — and how it can lead to new ideas and opportunities.

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.

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.

With lightning on her tongue, Sunni Patterson performs her powerful poem, “Wild Women,” accompanied by the entrancing moves of dancer Chanice Holmes.

Even a death-defying magician has to start somewhere. High-wire artist Philippe Petit takes you on an intimate journey from his first card trick at age 6 to his tightrope walk between the Twin Towers.

Rebeca Hwang has spent a lifetime juggling identities – Korean heritage, Argentinian upbringing, education in the United States – and for a long time she had difficulty finding a place in the world to call home. Yet along with these challenges came a pivotal realization: that a diverse background is a distinct advantage in today’s globalized world. In this personal talk, Hwang reveals the endless benefits of embracing our complex identities – and shares her hopes for creating a world where identities aren’t used to alienate but to bring people together instead.

Artist and poet Cleo Wade recites a moving poem about being an advocate for love and acceptance in a time when both seem in short supply. Woven between stories of people at the beginning and end of their lives, she shares some truths about growing up (and speaking up) and reflects on the wisdom of a life well-lived, leaving us with a simple yet enduring takeaway: be good to yourself, be good to others, be good to the earth. “The world will say to you, ‘Be a better person,'” Wade says. “Do not be afraid to say, ‘Yes.'”

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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