Theme: Poverty Reduction and Resilient Communities

Members of the Poverty Reduction & Resilient Communities theme group:

Papa Magaye Diop (Association communautaire d’emprunt de Montréal)
Kathleen Moreau (CDÉC de Québec)
Kerri Tattuinee (Nunavut Anti-Poverty Secretariat)
Barb Wilton (Elmwood Community Resource Centre)
Ryan O’Connor (Manitoba CED Network)
Stephanie Clark (Street Culture Kidz Project)
Meredith Davis (Tamarack)

Some Reslience Resources: Podcasts +
Thanks to Rob Rawn at Nordik for these links -Paul
The Nov 10th forum hosted by NORDIK featured guest speaker Buzz Holling.

  • For his work on ecosystem dynamics and for significant contributions to the field of ecology in 2009 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2009.
  • Instrumental in establishing the Resilience Alliance, an international science network.

Buzz gave a very engaging and entertaining lecture. Following is a short list of resources around resilience. The 15 minute podcast is particularly good.

In closing the forum, Buzz summarized some strategies for advancing social systems toward resilience into the following 8 points:

1.      Start small and begin with people who are good on islands (He has done a lot of research at island retreats and finds that it is a good location to get away from the distractions and demands)

2.      Do not own anything; if you own possessions you get caught in holding onto visions that revolve around the possessions

3.      Get flexible money and try something bold; Buy out partners who are afraid of asking for things outside the box

4.      Try to get 70% of your budget as ‘flexible’ money so you can do what you want; don’t worry about the 30%, it will come

5.      Do not get trapped by pre-existing visions but create a new and evolving vision; try to be innovative

6.      Keep membership dues as low as possible; at a level that you can survive without grants

7.      Use the internet and web extensively but always have meetings where it is fun to be.

8.      Build a culture around fun, work and play

Buzz Holing’s Resilience Theory Resource List

Following is a list of other presentations by Buzz Holling speaking about resilience theory

FAS.research; Understanding Networks

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Science for Global Insight located in Laxenburg, Austria

Below is the direct link to Buzz’s 15 minute podcast where he applies resilience theory to social systems

As well, Buzz suggested this link

Why ShoreBank Matters<>


3 responses to “Theme: Poverty Reduction and Resilient Communities

  1. Hi everyone, I’m not sure where to put this post, so it’s going here for the moment!

    I am unable to make the call tomorrow, as our office here in Saskatchewan is closed. I did want to update on what we’ve been doing here. After the Create Action event in Winnipeg, I returned to Regina and reported on the activities, ideas, process and outcomes from the meetings to the other members of staff in my agency. We brainstormed ideas around the peer learning projects, and decided that the best use of our time and resources here would be to put them towards working with our employment project to teach them about CED, and how to use social venture (including some of the things that we are currently doing as an agency) as a poverty reduction strategy. We’ve started to brainstorm how these connections are made. I will be engaging with the youth in my agency to ensure that the presentation is relevant to their needs and desires. I look forward to hearing more about what everyone else is up to!

  2. Meredith Davis

    Hi Stephanie and other Poverty Reduction and Resilience group members!

    Stephanie, thanks for the update on your peer learning project. I am still sorting what type of event I am going to organize with my supervisor here at Tamarack in Waterloo. The two choices that I am choosing from right now are: 1) A live tele-learning seminar for community economic development organizations and practitioners exploring unique ideas for engaging youth in community economic development and poverty reduction; and 2) a workshop with grade 8 class(es) about poverty reduction and community economic development and possible roles that they could play in making positive change in their own communities. Both still WAY too broad at this point, so I will have to sort through many details once I choose my final idea. I like your idea of engaging youth in the design of the event itself to make it more participatory! Looking forward to communicating with you guys and exchanging some ideas as things get a bit further along!

  3. Hi All –

    “Resilient communities are intergenerational. If we are going to build communities that work again, we need to engage all the generations. When we come together with respect, curiosity and friendship, all sorts of things become possible.” Read more at:

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