Exploring Neighbourhood Resiliency Workshop

noticing, negotiating and navigating nested, networked and nuanced futures

‘Our collective flourishing no longer depends on ‘survival of the fittest’, it rests with ‘survival of the most symbiotic’.’ Julia Watson, author of Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism

‘Resilience is the capacity of an organism, ecosystem, business or city to absorb a disturbance by re-organising so as to keep functioning in the same way and not cross into a different state or system with a different identity. The combination of ecological resilience and cultural evolution is where hope lies. It opens up the possibility of guided self-organisation aimed at avoiding ‘bad futures’.

Resilience is not about choosing where to go: a particular optimal future. As circumstances change, what’s considered best today can soon become somewhere you don’t want to go. In the face of uncertainty, the way forward is to learn how to keep what’s currently wanted resilient, and as what’s wanted changes, and the world around changes, learn how to adapt, and also, transform.’ – Brian Walker, author of Finding Resilience: Change and Uncertainty in Nature and Society

This Workshop Series is about attending to what’s unfolding and evolving, within and around us, and about our ability to respond to what happens around us and to adapt and evolve or ‘bounce forward.’

Resiliency is dynamic. It is inter-active and particular, nested, in space and time. What is happening at small (virus) and large (economy) scale, and slow and fast pace, affects us all in the here and now.

It is not something limited to individuals and how we respond – to our emotional and psychological resiliency – it is a social and ecological phenomenon, and as such, about our relational and contextual dynamics – the people and places and species and environments – we are immersed in, and inhabit.

It is also about our culture and worldview – our ways of sensing and feeling, conceiving and imagining, reflecting and sense-making – and our ability to act with one another: our shared response-ability. What has the pandemic and economic contraction taught you about when and where you live and what you value? How do we decide what to focus on and conserve in our community and our place? What is most important to who you are becoming in your neighbourhood–environment–economy? What most threatens you and what you most value? What do you feel you should be preparing for? How do you see that which is most needed, most restorative, most regenerative, being achieved? How are you relating to and cooperating with one another? How is the way you relate to food and energy, waste and pollution, transportation and mobility, economic activity and social connectedness, security and uncertainty, your environment and the species you share it with adapting/transforming?

This free Zoom Workshop begins with a 2 hour gathering to explore how to evolve neighbourhood and community resiliency, followed by a 1 hour get together, one month later, to share what we’ve initiated, what’s evolving, what’s working and how we are supporting and encouraging one another. This workshop will focus on those living in Elwood and StKilda.

The Elwood – St. Kilda Sessions. Saturday 26th September 2020 from 10.30am to 12.30 & October 31st 10.30-11.30.

FREE on Zoom. To register click on this link

With thanks to Communities Environment Program funding by Dept of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

Session Overview

SESSION 1 – Duration 2 Hours

– Welcome

1. (45 mins) develop a broad and deep understanding of resilience. appreciate its dynamic nature

– Introducing Resiliency (and Vulnerabilities)

– Psycho-Emotional and Socio-Ecological Identities

– From States and Traits to Systemic and Structural Dynamics

– Playing ‘People Need People’ introducing Trans-Contextuality

– Rigidity Traps, Autonomy Myths and Perverse Resiliencies

2. (25 mins) a kaleidoscopic lens on generalisable community resilience and preparedness dynamics

– Break Down, Break Even, Break Up, Break In, Break Out, Break Open and Break Through

– Spatial and Temporal Dynamics: Broad and Narrow, Fast and Slow, As Above, So Below

– Preparing Where You Are: Authorising Environments and Enabling Self-Determination

– Noticing, Negotiating and Navigating Niches Nested-ness and Network Effects

– Subsidiarity and Generativity: Place-Based and Community-Led Co-Production

15 Minute Break

3. (35 mins) Evolving Resiliency – what’s next for your home, block, street, neighbourhood?

– Closure

SESSION 2 – Duration 1 Hour

– Welcome

1. Reporting back on who we are working with and what we are tending and generating:

a. What is working well?

b. What is challenging?

c. What extra resources do we need?

Elwood Neighbourhood House may be able to help with funding, grants, assistance, volunteers, networking etc.

– Closure


Daryl Taylor worked on medical and surgical wards and in emergency and trauma centres as a general nurse and in community health, mental health and indigenous health. He was a member of ‘Nursing the Environment’ who hosted the world’s first ‘International Health and Ecology’ conference. He led the ‘Health Futures’ program for imagine the future at The Ecoversity, convening the World Futures Studies Federation ‘Health Conversations’ process. He has worked as a community development worker, municipal public health planner, participatory action researcher, program and project evaluator and as a personal, team and organisational coach and change consultant. Daryl has designed and delivered multi-award winning programs across health promotion, community wellbeing, social planning, indigenous reconciliation, community cultural development, environmental sustainability, emergency management, self-help, volunteering, disability politics and social inclusion. He has tutored and taught in undergraduate, post-graduate and Masters programs at La Trobe, Melbourne, RMIT, Swinburne and Deakin universities. He is the recipient of the School for Social Entrepreneurs ‘Community Champion’ Award and a Premier’s citation and a Prime Minister’s commendation for community leadership in the aftermath of Black Saturday. Daryl is the author (with Dr Helen Goodman) of ‘Place-Based and Community-Led: Specific Disaster Preparedness and Generalisable Community Resilience’. He is currently overseeing the construction of ‘Kinship’ the Kinglake Earthship – a disaster resistant post-bushfire re-build.