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Assets | Resilience

1. Highlights

Resilience helps us move through setbacks and adversity, to persevere along the path toward change and to maintain commitments to ourselves and others. We can bolster our resilience and the resilience of others in many ways — by connecting with our sense of purpose and seeking out inspiration, by taking time to prioritize our mental and physical health and holding personal boundaries and by connecting with others to feel a sense of belonging.

Keep our purpose and goals at the forefront of our minds when facing setbacks

Collaborate with others to create social connections and a shared purpose

Reflect honestly about what might not be working while standing by our goals

Implementing change can be a messy, non-linear process. Creative and new ideas are often met with resistance due to entrenched systems and ways of thinking. Ambiguity and setbacks are inevitable along the path of innovation, especially when challenging existing inequitable structures. In these cases, the changes we seek take us down a long, difficult road. When practicing Principled Innovation, resilience is an important ingredient in seeing our creative prototypes turn into large-scale innovation.

Resilience thrives on collaboration, whether that is in learning cohorts, leadership groups, teams of colleagues or other communities, by providing us with the social connections and shared sense of purpose that helps us continually refresh and sustain our energy. When we bring together multiple perspectives and prioritize the creation of supportive and welcoming environments, we are better able to withstand turbulence and create positive outcomes. Courage also complements resilience, helping us to stand by our ideas and values and challenging us to be honest and willing to reflect on what might not be working.

Ambiguity and setbacks are inevitable along the path of innovation, especially with challenging existing inequitable structures.
By learning social-emotional skills, students can better regulate their emotions, process difficult experiences, and build healthy relationships with the peers and adults around them.

2. Context

By learning social-emotional skills, students can better regulate their emotions, process difficult experiences, and build healthy relationships with the peers and adults around them.

3. Resources

Select one of our featured resources or visit the PI toolkit library for more tools.

Four ways that social support makes you more resilient

  Article

  20 minutes

  By: Greater Good Science Center, Jill Suttie

What is resilience?

  Article

  18 minutes

  By: American Psychological Association (APA)

What is resilience?

  Video

  2 minutes

  By: Harvard Center on the Developing Child

Brains – journey to resilience

  Video

  15 minutes

  By: Principled Innovation™ (PI)

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