Where does Resilience Come From?

I mentioned in my last post that I was impressed and fascinated by the resilience of the Guatemalans — after so many years of the internal armed conflict, genocide, and now continuing aggression and displacement directed against them by multinational companies, one of the questions in my mind was how do they do it?


How do they keep going when every advance seems met by a step 0r two back?:

The Trauma that Never Ends

This post will seem a little different from the usual. I just came back from a trip to Guatemala with Interpares, a Canadian non-profit group that works with local development groups around the world to support their efforts at creating change. You can read the blog of our Solidarity Tour here and I think you will find a wealth of reflections from our group there if you take some time with it.

I couldn't help but be thinking of the effects of the Guatemalan internal conflict, the genocide, and the continuing struggles of the indigenous Mayan peoples to assert their agency in their own land on their brains -- both individual and collective (We Are Not Alone).

Resilience in Action -- at 150 miles per hour!

This post is about resilience and transformation.

Not in a way you might expect, but a very graphic demonstration of what these mean to us.

It's a great example of:

  • looking at things from different perspectives
  • how resilience is such a powerful "force"
  • why transformation can be so hard

Let's start by looking at a very cool video: