Today’s episode is from the fourth in a series of five live conversations as part Renew Fest and Resilient Byron's ‘Resilience & Regeneration Roadshow’; this episode from Ballina with special guest and local, Catherine Ingram.
Keen listeners will remember Catherine from a previous episode on the show (Ep16) in which we spoke deeply on her essay called ‘Facing Extinction’, and if you listened to that episode (which I *highly recommend*), you’ll recall her profound thoughts and reflections on our life as humans and the possibility or, as she says, the likelihood, that we may not be long for this planet. In that episode she shares her wisdom on not what we must do, but how we must be; not the things we should do to ‘fix’ the situation, but HOW we must approach life.
So in today’s live conversation, Catherine and I talk in more detail about what resilient and regenerative communities could and should look like... but not before facing some hard truths. And in the face of what feels like uncontrollable environmental and societal collapse she asks, “How do we manage our minds & hearts so that WE don’t collapse?”
We talk about the concept of resilience, and how many consider it to be quite rigid; this idea of things going back to the way they were. Catherine says this is a symptom of our privilege. That we have certain expectations of longevity and good health and lavish lifestyles and economic growth and we EXPECT the party to continue.
She offers us a different definition of resilience, true resilience, one of being open to change and uncertainly, which offers us a very different lens through which to look at what we can then do.
She says that when our expectations don’t meet our reality, for example when facing impacts of social and environmental crises, rather than thinking about how we can be individually resilient, we must consider what we can give and contribute to our ever-changing world
This one, as all conversations with Catherine, was deep and profound. I think you’ll love it.