What is Resilience?
The strength and capacity to respond to, cope with, and grow through adversity.
NRI is Pioneering a Human Resilience Movement. What does this mean?
NRI has organically grown from a local grassroots project to a nonprofit organization dedicated to equipping humanity to go beyond surviving to thriving in response to the demands of 21st-century living. We do this by conducting research, codifying best practices, educating those invested in building human resilience, and convening global conversations with other researchers, educators, and practitioners who share our passion for growing hope and co-creating effective resilience building solutions. Spanning such diverse needs as sustainability, equality, education, human services, mental health, juvenile justice, climate, and security, we are convening international conversations that allow us to contribute to other countries while better informing our work. From the beginning, our work has had a strong educational mission. One highlight is our annual Resilience Summit focused on sharing best practices in human resilience building. Working across traditional silos, the Summit addresses the needs, methods, metrics, and benefits of building psychosocial resilience.
Psychosocial resilience is an often overlooked yet foundational piece of sustainability and wellness. While many policies and initiatives address the essential need to respond to disruptions, reduce harmful behaviors, and adapt physical resources, a critical adjacent step is to address the urgent need to build personal and psychosocial resilience within current and pending demands. For example, even with effective climate mitigation efforts, millions of people will still experience the effects of related trauma such as loss of property, water and food shortages, personal injury, the impairment or loss of loved ones, and illness. These impacts will result in rising anxiety, depression, hopelessness, family dysfunction, work difficulties, violence, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even loss of life. Without widespread efforts to build human resilience capacity and skills across geographical, political, social, and sector boundaries, negative reactions to current impacts will threaten the safety, health, and well-being of families, communities, and entire societies. Housed in research, our frameworks create a normative belief that it is possible to use difficulties as opportunities to learn, grow, and even thrive.
The NRI openly collaborates with other national and international organizations to work toward building widespread levels of human resilience. These projects bring to life our vision of a unified global conversation that can be used to fuel local efforts to improve health and resilience throughout the lifespan, respond to traumatic events with strength, and create inclusive environments in which all can thrive. In today’s reality, preparing for and responding to psychosocial disruptions has become an urgent and universal challenge. United in our ideals, whose existence relies on values of shared kindness and compassion, we must come together, support each other and share hard-learned lessons with the world. Together we can harness our collective knowledge and experiences and forge international supports that can assist and advance local response to disruptions and the devastating psychological impact that they wield. The complex ramifications of psychosocial trauma demand the synergy and attention of multiple disciplines and expertise. The NRI is dedicated to advancing a movement to systematically develop this work in service to humanity.