August 24, 2011
Why some recover faster than others
In the aftermath of the riots, the image of hundreds of local people wielding brooms became a symbol of community resilience. Carnegie UK Trust has been exploring the nature of resilience – what factors determine a community’s ability to withstand disaster and recover more quickly than others. From the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina to the floods that swept through Cumbria, the report offers some fascinating insights and inspiring tales of communities fighting back
Why some recover faster than others
Community Resilience – a handbook based on global experience
The Fiery Spirits Community of Practice has launched a new handbook packed with inspiring stories about how communities are preparing for and coping through difficult times. Beginning with Cumbria’s experience from the floods of November 2009, the book takes the reader on a journey from remote Scottish communities to inner city London, and from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to Ireland after the credit crunch.
The book Exploring Community Resilience is produced by a network of community activists, professionals and policy makers which is supported by Carnegie UK Trust. The network is run by its members who use the website www.fieryspirits.com and face-to-face events to support each other building more resilient, vibrant communities. At its heart is a new framework for understanding community resilience, presented as a ‘compass’ to navigate the topic, while challenging communities to examine whether they have covered all the points they need to on the compass.
Carnegie UK Trust Chief Executive, Martyn Evans, says this is a practical guide to help bring the issue out of theory into practice:
“Exploring Community Resilience is about inspiring communities across the UK and Ireland – and beyond – to plan for their futures. It is about seeing how people and businesses can work together to improve their chances of coping with challenges that might otherwise damage their economy, their environment and the wellbeing of their people. The handbook offers practical approaches based on real experience.”
The book was written through an actively collaboration of contributors with real-world experience of weathering storms who came together through workshops and online. It sets out to introduce and translates for a lay audience some of the most useful academic insights into resilience, weaving in current and recent media stories to open a discussion about the bigger policy implications of resilience thinking.
Exploring Community Resilience mixes strong design with illustrated case studies and web links to live projects while also offering materials for a workshop that people can use to make sense of ‘community resilience’ in their own context.
About the Book
Exploring Community Resilience
· is packed with and based on the real-life experience of community resilience pioneers – who actively collaborated in the writing of the document through workshops and online
· introduces and translates for a lay audience some of the most useful academic insights into resilience available
· weaves in current and recent media stories to open a discussion about the bigger policy implications of resilience thinking, and
· is beautifully designed and presented, with illustrations, pictures, ‘live’ web links and even a workshop that people in communities can use to make sense of ‘community resilience’ in their own context
Reviewers have said
· Lively, easy to understand and packed with useful metaphors and practical tools for applying resilience thinking Community activist (Scotland)
· The compass model is very useable … really beneficial in my work supporting local community leaders Community development worker (Ireland)
· Brings home different aspects of resilience … the section on resilience and creativity is inspiring! Social entrepreneur (England)
· Inspiring stories that make the theory come alive – and a theoretical framework that makes sense of the stories Sustainability Academic (Wales)
· Why some recover faster than others
The book is available free of charge for online viewing at www.fieryspirits.com – and a limited number of printed copies are available to purchase from the same link for £12.50 (inc. p&p).
For more information, contact email@example.com – and follow updates on twitter @comresilience