Community Resilience Trainers Course

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Community ResilienceExploring the art of sustainability and how you can help your community adapt and thrive in these challenging times

Saturday and Sunday | 27th and 28th November 2010 | 09.30 – 17.00 Both days | Cultivate, The Greenhouse, St Andrew St, Dublin 2 (map) | FULLY BOOKED 

We are looking for people who see themselves as catalysts for change in their local community and who want to support others to understand the challenges of Community Resilience.  We are training people to deliver a ground-breaking 10 module course called 'Community Resilience'.  This course, also called ‘Community Powerdown,’ was designed by Cultivate and has been successfully delivered many times across Ireland and beyond.

The intention of this weekend trainers course is to build the capacity of more people to deliver the ‘Community Resilience’ course in their own communities, as a spur for more local actions. Extensive use of active learning methodologies, games and case studies means that the trainer does not have to be a complete expert in the content. The role is more to generate and sustain inspiring and challenging conversations that in turn become a platform for action.


Resilience from a community point of view refers to the capacity of a community to overcome adversity and adapt to change positively. The unprecedented floods and the big freeze that Ireland endured last winter highlights how unprepared we are to cope with any unexpected incidents and the level of our vulnerability.

'Community Resilience' is a 10-week learner-centred course that facilitates possible actions that can be made locally to adapt to the challenges upon us. These actions include:

  • integrated and future-focused approaches to the rebuilding of social capital and systems of reciprocity
  • the reduction of carbon emissions and fossil fuel use
  • the development of community resilience around food, energy and buildings

Tools and processes to help communities to engage in the sustainable economic development of their area are also included.

Trainers will be given a DVD of 10 short films, which are used in the delivery of the learning plus two handbooks, one for the learners, and one for the trainers themselves. The training outlines the sequence of learning, the facilitation techniques, the methodologies utilised and how to guide the exercises. Trainers are encouraged to work flexibly, responding to the needs of participants within the broad design and flow of the course as a whole.

Delivered by Davie Philip and Chris Chapman.

The course is designed not only for facilitators and coaches but anyone interested or working in the areas of rural regeneration, sustainability, local resilience, the environment, community development, green business and Transition towns.

The 10 modules of the course trainers are trained to deliver are:

  1. The Challenges Ahead – Climate, Energy and Sustainability
  2. The Power Of Community – Social Capital, Resilience and the Local Economy
  3. It’s All Connected - Whole Systems Thinking and Permaculture
  4. Rethinking Energy – Conservation, Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology
  5. Getting Around - Transport and Mobility
  6. Deconstructing Dinner - Food Miles and Local Food Systems
  7. Shelter - Future Proofing Our Homes and Buildings
  8. Energy Descent Pathways - Post Carbon Cities, Transition Towns and Eco Villages
  9. Global Citizenship - Opportunities for Change
  10. Where Do We Go From Here? – Communication and Livelihoods