The starting point for this workshop will be an interactive audio visual presentation of the key findings of Dr John Blewitt´s and Professor Daniella Tilbury (re)search for resilience in sustainable development. They have spent a year interviewing key people in the NGO, business and private sectors about resilience and the learning journeys they, their organisations, societies or cultures have undertaken. The people interviewed included major decision makers in business, public figures, activists, community workers, conservation specialists, media professionals, educators and many more. ´Resilience´ will be addressed from a Northern and Southern Hemisphere as well as from a social inequality perspective. The full results of the research will be published in hardback, paperback and electronically by Earthscan in 2012 .
The A/V presentation will contextualise the wider narratives around resilience and the interface between various resiliencies (i.e. environmental, social and economic - including ecological economics) although the starting point is biology/conservation. The speakers will also explain and justify the methodological approach of (re) constructing learning journeys. As Resilience is universal and concerns every human being, communities and ecosystem type. Following the presentation there will be opportunities to engage in creative dialogic and visualisation activities to uncover the fundamental ingredients of learning for resilience among the participants themselves. This will be followed by a spontaneous review and evaluation comparing and contrasting John and Daniella´s own findings and the learning journeys uncovered during the exercises. The ultimate end in view is to establish the ground for recommendations for the future development of creative and critical pedagogies, in both formal and informal learning environments that may foster resilience in a range of interconnected spheres e.g. conservation and education for sustainability, ecological business resilience and global biodiversity, urban development, cultural heritage and intercultural learning.