It’s been a whirlwind the past few weeks here at the Island Institute! First off, we want to send out our deep thanks and gratitude to everyone who participated in and helped contribute to the Roundtable on Resilient Communities that took place July 18-20. The gathering of over 40 people worked to weave the many threads of resilience together and we hope it served as an important place of inquiry, visioning, and celebration.
So where do we go from here? We’re still in the process of compiling notes and documentation from the Roundtable, while also practicing personal resilience with some vacations over here at the Island Institute. We hope to continue and expand the conversation around resilience here on the blog through posts and comments, and are opening up contribution possibilities to Roundtable Participants and beyond. Eventually, written and video documentation from the event will be posted here. A Resilience Facebook page has been started to share shorter thoughts and comments.
Many key ideas came out of the Roundtable; one that we are focusing on going forward is that “Everything we need is right here.” In creating resilience in Sitka and in other towns, we want to explore how we can we look within our communities to find the tools we need, and to ask the difficult questions of what we love enough to work to preserve. Continue reading