Our recent program to generate a community wide conversation about building resilience and shared responsibility has uncovered a wealth of knowledge, references, links and existing initiatives.

We are sharing these here for you to use and refer to in any way that you need.

If you have anything you would like to share too, please do post them below. Let’s help each other continue the journey to ramp up resilience in our communities!


From a Big Picture and City Wide Perspective

100 Resilient Cities Framework

How to develop a resilience strategy

Rockerfeller Foundation City Resilience Framework

Resilient Melbourne

Wellington Resilience Plan


On Community Based Emergency Management and Being Prepared

Emergency Management Victoria Community Based Emergency Management

Vic State Resilience Framework and Diversity and Inclusion Framework

Survive and Thrive – a bushfire message from Strathewan Primary School

CFA Plan and Prepare

CFA Am I at Risk?

The Bushfire Foundation


On sharing responsibility and the importance of local solutions

Hugh Mackay, Honorary Professor of Social Science, University of Wollongong; Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Arts, Charles Sturt University: The State of the Nation Starts in Your Street

“When it comes to the character and the values of our society, it really is up to us. We can have a powerful influence on the state of the various communities we belong to – in the neighbourhood, the workplace, the university, the church or other faith community, the sporting association, the book club or other community organisation. How we contribute to the miniatures of life – in our own family, street, suburb or town – will ultimately help to determine the big picture.”

In Blessed Unrest (2007, p20) Paul Hawken says:

“The world seems to be looking for the big solution, which is itself part of the problem, since the most effective solutions are both local and systemic.” Check out his speech from April 2007.

Ghandi “You may never know what results come of your actions but if you do nothing, there will be no results.”


On Personal Resilience

Alain de Botton, School of Life, on the topic of resilience:
“One of the characteristic flaws of our minds is to exaggerate how fragile we might be; to assume that life would be impossible far earlier than it in fact would be.”

John Saddington, The Emotional Journey of Doing Anything Great
“We just need to continue to walk, one foot in front of the other, and make it all count. In the end, even the projects that end up in the trash bin can still provide amazing rewards.”

TED Radio Hour podcast “To Endure”
What allows us to endure our darkest moments? What does it take to show resilience in the face of adversity? In this hour, TED speakers explore the outer limits of inner strength.


From La Trobe University

Paramedicine Professor Peter O’Meara Research interests include Emergency Medical Services (Ambulance), Rural Health, Community Participation, Community Paramedicine, Rural Health Workforce

Dr Brett Slade, Emergency Management Expertise

Dr Rachael Winterton – John Richards Initiative, aging and aged care

Dr Julie Rudner – Julie’s ambition is to shift current ‘risk culture’ and worse case scenario thinking so uncertainty and possible danger is viewed as a challenge and learning opportunity.

Dr Mary Keeffe, Associate Professor in Inclusive Education, Program co-ordinator Master of Special Education


Initiatives requiring further investigation

The Urban Temple example, Hal from Synergize Hub

Living Laboratory – Global Collaboration (Jen Alden)

Central Victorian Heat Stress Tool Kit

Know Your Neighbour initiatives – “Hello neighbour”, Gippsland

Rural People Resilient Futures – Primary Care Partnership example

Bill Metcalf, Intentional Communities,

Spring Gully School, Respectful Relationships Program

SALT – Sport and Life Training – resilience building and support program for kids in sport

Share your own references and links on this topic in the comments below!


Outside the Square – Ramp Up Resilience, is an initiative of Make a Change Australia. This initiative is part of Greater Bendigo’s Curriculum for Change: a series of discussions and events throughout 2017, underlining how each and everyone of us can play a part in creating the future we want. Sign up to our e-news to stay in the loop, receive updates and direct event invitations and Save the Date for our next 2 events – 27 July and 21 September!

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