February 7th, 2011 by Admin

The Resilient People initiative has an international board of advisers, which includes world-renowned experts on climate science, socioeconomic and sociocultural adaptation to climate change, Indigenous approaches to leadership and social adaptation to a changing Earth, mental health and climate change, psychological and social resilience in the face of climate impacts, social software, and the response of large businesses to coming economic and climate shifts.

Here is our board of advisers as of February 2011:

Robert W. Corell, Chair, U.S. Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, U.S.A.

Oren Lyons, Chief, Onondaga Nation, U.S.A.

Nigel Seale, Former International Chairman, Earth Day International, Canada

Dr. Glenn Albrecht, Professor of Sustainability, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia

Musaed Al-Saleh, Vice Chairman, National Projects Holding Co., Kuwait

Morel Fourman, Gaiasoft Group of Companies, United Kingdom

David Hodgson, IdeaHive, U.S.A.

Victoria Hykes Steere, Indigenous Rights Activist, Alaska, U.S.A.

Dr. Joel and Michelle Levey, Mind Body Medicine Experts, U.S.A.

Leif Utne, Zanby Inc., U.S.A.

In memorium – Michael J. Littrell (1948 – 2010), Canada and U.S.A.

September 5th, 2010 by Sanjay Khanna

Amazing news on super-short notice!

In this time of unstable economies and growing climate impacts, I’m facilitating a workshop this coming weekend called “Resilient People: Building strength in a time of economic and climate change.”

“Resilient People: Building strength in a time of economic and climate change” is a workshop for our time. Facilitated expertly by Resilient People co-founder Sanjay Khanna, the workshop provides a rare opportunity for participants to speak to their doubts and fears about economic uncertainty and ask questions about how climate change is going to affect their daily lives. The workshop helps people problem solve in a setting that makes it easier to get over emotional barriers that prevent individuals and communities from taking real action.

When & Where

When: Sept. 10 to 12, 2010

  • Sept. 10 - 7 to 9 pm
  • Sept. 11 & 12 - 9 am to 4 pm

Where: Capilano University, Library Building, Room 321, North Vancouver, BC

Please join Sanjay and fellow Lower Mainlanders in expanding your ability to face big challenges in a practical way.

To find out more about Sanjay, read his bio at The Huffington Post.

What You’ll Learn

As a Resilient People workshop participant, you’ll gain valuable insights into:

1. Being your own futurist and recognizing patterns

2. Discussing climate change so people can participate from their own PoV

3. Preparing yourself emotionally for things getting harder

4. Connecting with others around community readiness

5. Communicating to children about a more uncertain world

6. Indigenous perspectives shared with Sanjay that may be of practical benefit to non-Indigenous people

Additional Benefits

In addition, you will:

1. Meet like-minded people

2. Learn your tangible/intangible assets (friends, family, your character strengths, level of trust)

3. Determine what you need to learn amid economic / climate shifts

4. Discover what to teach others, consider whom you could mentor, think about whom you might need help from

5. Reflect on how stories, the music, the arts, etc. can help you become more resilient in community


The fee to attend this inspiring and galvanizing workshop is $250 plus HST. Payment by Visa, Mastercard, or personal cheque/check accepted.

Remember, if you need to get it together on this stuff, now’s a great time to start.

For more information or to register:

Email sk@resilientpeople.org or call (778) 840-6250.

As soon as your registration is confirmed, you’ll be sent pertinent workshop details via email.

February 28th, 2010 by Admin

Johann Koss, former Olympian and founder, Right To Play (l.), and Sanjay Khanna, co-founder, Resilient People and Climate Change (r.) Photo: Nancy Zorzi, Right To Play

During the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, Sanjay Khanna, co-founder of the Resilient People and Climate Change, which in late 2010 will be launched as an international NGO to address the psychological and social impacts of climate change, met and interviewed Johann Koss, five-time Norwegian Olympic speed skating medalist, and Toronto-based founder of Right To Play.

Right To Play is an international NGO whose mission is “to improve the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world by using the power of sport and play for development, health and peace.” Its athlete ambassadors, some of whom are recruited from the Olympic movement with others recruited from professional sports such as hockey and soccer, visit disadvantaged areas in Africa, Asia and elsewhere, where Right To Play trains local coaches to use sports as a medium through which an environment can be nurtured in pursuit of long-term social, educational and health goals.

From a Resilient People and Climate Change perspective, Right To Play’s slogan — “Look After Yourself. Look After One Another.” — provides a simple, powerful and effective message of personal and social resilience that connects well with one of our aims, which is to promote self-knowledge, sharing and cooperation as ways to safeguard individuals and communities from the psychological and sociocultural harms that are likely to grow as climate impacts become increasingly severe.

Resilient People and Climate Change applauds the work of Right To Play and will follow it closely in the coming years — for inspiration and for potential areas where play can help to communicate within communities about wise and resilient ways to prepare for climate impacts.

October 27th, 2009 by Admin

Road to Copenhagen_Nature

Links to conference co-convenor Sanjay Khanna’s article plus interview in the Oct. 22, 2009 “Destination Copenhagen” issue of the journal Nature.

His timely article is called “Conveying the campaign message: The arts and advertising can galvanise public and political will in tackling climate change. But shared concern for human health is a better motivator than polar bears, finds Sanjay Khanna.

Sanjay’s other contribution to that issue of Nature is an interview with University of Victoria psychologist Robert Gifford. It’s called “Q&A: The science of persuasion” and it provides insights from Gifford to help scientists communicate climate change effectively.

October 24th, 2009 by Admin



October 24th, 2009 by Admin

Now that this year’s conference is complete, here’s what panelists and participants are saying:

“Quite possibly the world’s first transdisciplinary conference linking mental health and climate change. People were engaged and engaging.”

- Dr. Glenn Albrecht, Professor of Sustainability, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, established first solid links between climate change and mental health in groundbreaking Australia-based research

“Hard-hitting and thought-provoking — finally a conference about climate change that is saying something new…staring down the barrel at the real social challenges that we face ahead.”

- Corrina Grace, Founder and Executive Director, Project Seres, a not-for-profit that educates Indigenous Guatemalans on climate change impacts; formerly mechanical engineer and investment banker based in Australia

“I was pleased for my company to be an event sponsor, and also to personally participate in the dialogue. Far from being a removed conference of academics, Resilient People + Climate Change was a constellation of incredible connections and insight. The multidisciplinary nature of the speakers created a rich and deep experience for all that were there. A must attend for next year!”

- Phillip Djwa, Principal, Agentic – Humans Online, a leading communications agency that serves socially responsible businesses and NGOs

“Thanks for having Luisa [Dr. Luisa Maffi, Terralingua] and I participate in your 1st Annual Resilient People + Climate Change Conference.  It was a very stimulating event and we thoroughly enjoyed  being in the company of so many passionate and thoughtful people.”

- Dr. David Rapport, President of EcoHealth Consulting, one of the first scientists to have linked ecological health to human health, Saltspring Island, BC

- Dr. Luisa Maffi, Executive Director, Terralingua, one of the originators of the concept of “biocultural diversity,” Saltspring Island, BC

“Thank you for your efforts to pull together what I believe was a very successful gathering. There was a great deal of interest, expertise, and energy among the participants.”

- Dr. Carl M. Hild, Associate Professor, Public Health Administration, Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, Alaska

“Thanks so much for inviting my participation. It was amazing.”

- Hadas Levy, Videographer, Toronto, Canada

“An auspicious beginning for the ‘resilience movement.’”

- Rick Ingrasci, MD (Cornell), MPH (Harvard), co-founder, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Whidbey Island, Washington

“Thank you again for convening such an inspiring and catalyzing gathering!”

Jeet-Kei Leung, Community Manager, BC Compassion Club, Vancouver, BC, Canada

“I do genuinely appreciate your ability to facilitate exchanges amongst a diverse group and I commend you greatly for your efforts these past few days.”

- Fred Bushor, Political Studies Student, Langara College, Vancouver, BC, Canada

“Thanks for organizing a great conference.  The discussions were thoughtful and thought provoking and the connections priceless. Look forward to continuing this dialogue and being part of something great!”

- Dr. Negar Elmieh, Ph.D. (UBC), MPH (Tufts), Vancouver, BC, Canada

“Thought-provoking and inspirational workshop… really like the framework of constructing a narrative to help guide me in thinking about how to weave some of these ideas into my work…. And I was interested to see this week that the editorial in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons highlighted the importance of climate change impacts on health….”

- Erin Burrell, MD, Psychiatry Residence Program, Year 3, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

October 17th, 2009 by Admin

Warm thanks to the gracious people who helped make the event possible:

  • Nancy Bleck, Arts Coordinator -  Nancy Bleck Photography, Vancouver, BC
  • Fred Bushor, Student Volunteer -  Political Science, Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC
  • Lissa Cowan, PR / Social Media Manager -  Go Small Or Go Home, Vancouver, BC
  • Heather Drugge, Conference Manager – Principal, Go Communications, Inc., Vancouver, BC
  • Negar Elmieh, Volunteer – Ph.D, MPH, Affiliated with UBC Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability
  • Corrina Grace, Volunteer – Founder and Executive Director, Project Seres, Guatemala
  • Nils von Hanh,  Volunteer, Deejay Music Coordinator – Beats Without Borders, Vancouver, BC
  • Meegan Konias,  Student Volunteer – Global Stewardship Program, Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC
  • Cheryl Schreader, Volunteer – Professor, Geography, Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC
  • Cam Sylvester, Volunteer – Professor, Political Studies, Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC

October 14th, 2009 by Admin

Current participants, including panelists and attendees, at the first annual Resilient People + Climate Change small-group conference and workshop include:

  1. Glenn Albrecht, Professor of Sustainability, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia
  2. Nancy Bleck, Photographer and Instructor, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC
  3. Stacey Corriveau, Director, Communications, Resilient Communities Canada, Abbotsford, BC
  4. Jeff Vander Clute, Co-founder, CircLabs Inc., Palo Alto, CA
  5. Shannon Daub, Communications Director, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Vancouver, BC
  6. Phillip Djwa, Principal, Agentic Communications, Vancouver, BC
  7. Negar Elmieh, Ph.D. (UBC, 2009), MPH (Tufts School of Medicine, 2003), Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
  8. Dave Frank, Ahousat First Nation, Ahousat, BC
  9. Carl M. Hild, Associate Professor, Public Health Administration, Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, AK
  10. Rick Ingrasci, MD, MPH, Consultant, Whitbey Island, WA
  11. Jim Green, Consultant, Jim Green and Associates, Vancouver, BC
  12. Sonja Klinsky, Ph.D candidate, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
  13. Jeet-Kei Leung, Communications Coordinator, BC Compassion Club; Tribal Harmonix/Intention, Vancouver, BC
  14. Joel Levey, Clinical Psychologist and Consultant, Wisdom at Work, Seattle, WA, and Hawaii
  15. Hadas Levy, Independent Filmmaker, Vancouver, BC
  16. Luisa Maffi, Principal, Terralingua, Saltspring Island, BC
  17. Kevin Millsip, Sustainability Coordinator, Vancouver Board of Education, Vancouver, BC
  18. Pravin Pillay, Organizational Ecologist, Emergent Performance Consulting, Saltspring Island, BC
  19. David Rapport, Principal, Ecohealth Consulting, Saltspring Island, BC
  20. Demi Rasmussen, Community Development Director, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Bainbridge Island, WA
  21. Eric Rasmussen, CEO, inSTEDD, Palo Alto, CA, and Bainbridge Island, WA
  22. Cheryl Schreader, Professor, Geography, Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC
  23. Stephan Schwartz, Consultant, Schwartz Report, Seattle, WA
  24. Jane Sterk, Leader, Green Party of BC, Vancouver, BC
  25. Cam Sylvester, Professor, Political Studies, Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC
  26. Max Tomaszewski, Property Developer, Amadon Group, Victoria, BC
  27. Victoria Hykes Steere, Human Rights Lawyer, Anchorage, AK
  28. Cilla Utne, Consultant, Shepell.fgi, Seattle, WA
  29. Chief Bill Williams, Squamish Nation, BC
  30. Cease Wyss, Squamish Nation, BC

October 11th, 2009 by Admin


Exciting news!

Effekt, a bold new Swedish magazine that highlights issues related to climate change in print and online, was launched last week in Stockholm. It was co-founded by a three-person team, including journalist and author David Jonstad, and journalist and blogger Sara Jeswani (who also blogs on sustainability at Sweden.se, the Swedish government’s “official gateway to Sweden”).


(From l. to r.) Effekt‘s Jesper Weithz, David Jonstad, and Sara Jeswani

Effekt is a friend of the Resilient People + Climate Change conference — yes, that really cool friend you wish you had in high school.

Although Effekt does not yet publish articles in English, we can only hope that a selection of online articles will be translated one day, so that those of us who are lazy English-speaking sops can enjoy firsthand the experience of excellence in Swedish climate journalism.

October 5th, 2009 by Sanjay Khanna

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