Whether we are undertaking activism, business or any other project, looking after ourselves often takes a backseat. But none of us are immune to burning out. We all instinctively know that burnout is ‘bad’, and resilience is ‘good’, but without space to understand the dynamics involved they remain abstract concepts which are hard to build into our daily (and busy) lives. Resilience is becoming more and more of a buzzword, but it has real meaning and practical value to our individual and collective work towards positive social change.
This practical workshop will explore the symptoms and risks of burnout, as well as how to avoid contributing to it in yourself and others, working through theory and tools to help build resilience into our lives and in our groups.
Peter Lefort is the Community Network Manager for Eden Project Communities, connecting activists, volunteers, and organisations to create peer networks working towards social change. He is also a trustee of the Transition Network, and co-founder of a number of community projects in Oxford and his new home of Truro. He has supported community networks for almost a decade, and has been running workshops on resilience for the last seven years for activists, organisations, students, farmers and more.