Project Details

There are three main phases envisaged in the project.

PHASE 1 WORKPLAN: Research to identify major trends and pressures worldwide which may affect the UK over the next 30 years.

PHASE 2 WORKPLAN: This plan covers the next few months, as information and contacts gathered in this phase will shape the plan thereafter. Key aims of Phase 2 are to clarify where this project can add something distinctive to the field, and to identify potential partners for Phase 3.

1. Future threats review: A series of summaries on all main topics looking at major trends over next 20-30 years.
Who: Palden Jenkins, a senior freelance researcher, has been working on this for several months.
When: Complete late 2017.

2. Sector scoping research: Who are the main UK and international organisations and individuals researching and teaching on resilience?
Who: A researcher needs to be appointed for this work.
When: October 2017 start, complete January 2018?

3. Contact building: Making contact with organisations and key individuals who could be partners or advisors for SOF.
Who: Alan Heeks and Ian Roderick.
When: Sept 2017 – Jan 2018.

4. Strategy review: Assess findings to date, set aims and work plan for Phase 3.
Who: A 1-2 day gathering to include the work team, plus selected advsiors and potential partners.
When: February 2018.

PHASE 3 WORK PLAN: This will be guided by the findings and new contacts from Phase 2. Our indicative aims are:

a. To do deeper research and initiate development of knowhow on a small number of topics where we believe currently available resources need augmenting.
b. To gather best practice on dimensions of super-resilience relevant to our clients.

We aim to do this work in collaboration with a number of partner organisations. The indicative time frame for Phase 3 is spring 2018 to spring 2019.

This project is an exploration into a very large, undefined field with limited resources. One of the questions we are regularly asking ourselves is ‘what can we do in this project that is different and will be of practical benefit to our target groups?’ We hope that the research in Phase 2 described above, will help us to clarify answers to this questions, and to set the work plan for Phase 3.

These are some of the questions we might explore in Phase 3, hopefully as part of a collaborative partnership with a few other organisations.

A. Scoping: Identify the major dimensions on which we may research super-resilience, for example:
• Individual, community, work team
• Physical/logistical, emotional, spiritual

B. Best practice: Where are the best, practical examples of super-resilience? They may be in exceptionally stressed societies, such as Palestine, Afghanistan, nomads or refugee camps.

C. Gathering: What are the best ways to gather and share the best practices we find? Possibilities might include a Wiki website, video material, blogs, and interactive workshops.

D. Innovation: Are there resilience needs which call for innovation to meet them? This could mean new social processes and structures, new individual skills, new services or technologies. If so, how can we encourage such innovations to happen?

E. Dialogue: Our aim is to find leading-edge networks with whom we can work to develop super-resilience in practice, and to learn how it could be disseminated.

F. Dissemination: Currently it’s clear that mainstream UK struggles with the present, and doesn’t want to know about the future. Exploring how to disseminate our outputs may have at least two channels:
i. Early adopters: such as Transition Network, Network of Wellbeing.
ii. Grain stores: when mainstream individuals and communities decide they need more resilience knowhow, where would they turn? Can we place resources in these channels?

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