Boosting Resilience: Survival Skills for the New Normal was an intense, boundary-pushing and catalytic two year Executive Learning programme that ran from 2017 to 2019.

An enormous thanks to all of the wonderful speakers, workshop leaders and participants who joined us at The Bluecoat, Liverpool last month for Beyond Resilience: Co-designing our creative futures.

The day was a mix of creative workshops, panel discussions, peer-to-peer sessions, manifesto development, creative journaling and graffiti-making. It marked the coming to a close of our two year programme supporting arts leaders from around the country to develop strategies for resilience through making the most from their creative assets and Intellectual Property.

We were delighted also to use the Forum as the launch-pad for our brand new Boosting Resilience publication entitled Reflections on Resilience and Creative Leadership, a compendium of short reflective essays from the following contributors: Aki Schilz (The Literary Consultancy), Claire Malcolm (New Writing North), Helen Charman (V&A Museum), Selina Slater (Hull Music Hub), Claire Pattinson (Manchester Metropolitan University), Stephanie Sirr (Nottingham Playhouse), Ruth Soetendorp (City, University of London), Luke McDonagh (City, University of London), Clive Holtham (City, University of London), Amerie Rose (Theatre Obscura), Caroline Coates (Helen Storey Foundation), Kevin Rivett (Calderdale Music Trust), Suzie Leighton (TCCE), Dean Soden (4Motion Dance Theatre Company), Paul Steele (Junction Arts), Kat Bridge (Independent Producer and Curator), Sara Jones (City, University of London) and Evelyn Wilson (TCCE).

Boosting Resilience Programme

The programme supported 26 participants from a diverse range of organisations from across the country and included: intensive residentials, online learning platform, mentoring and peer-to-peer support.

Members of staff from arts organisations, museums, libraries and music education hubs were also encouraged to engage with the programme through our online resources. These were developed over the life of the project and included: reports, papers, evaluation materials, case studies, films, blogs and other learning materials.

We also developed an Open Learning Programme that started in Summer 2018.

The Boosting Resilience project ended with the final showcase event Boosting Resilience Forum open to all in the sector that took place on 14th March 2019 at the Bluecoat, Liverpool. You can download the programme for the day.

Films from our programme

Boosting Resilience are delighted to have a rich range of videos to share from across our three residential learning events, and our end of project forum. These include think pieces on the nature of resilience, provocations from cross sector industry professionals, and tasters of the content and learning that the programme delivered, as well as an overview of the programme.

You can access the videos here, or via our project Vimeo or YouTube channels.

Open Learning Programme

The Boosting Resilience Open Learning Programme is a unique blend of events bringing together arts based learning and methodologies with cutting edge business thinking. This programme is designed for those seeking to develop important skills and build their personal and organisational resilience in order to negotiate these uncertain, complex, and ambiguous times.

Read more about the programme.

Our Partnership with Arts Professional

Over the course of the programme we published a series of articles through our Editorial Partnership with Arts Professional in order to share our work with the wider arts and cultural sector. The topics covered included: Creative Assets, Creative Journalling, Intellectual Property, Theory of Change, Action Learning as well as wider programme reflections.

https://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/magazine/boosting-resilience

We're reading now...

Links to these and other key texts can be found on our publications page.

A customer-friendly approach to GDPR by Michael Nabarro (2018)

 

What Is Resilience Anyway?by Golant Media Ventures (2018)

Taking advantage of your assets by Melissa Wong, ArtsProfessional (2018)

Experts from these and other organisations worked with programme participants to co-design a programme that was uniquely relevant to their organisations creating, in the process, a challenging, practical and user centred programme.