“This was good. You said some things today that were helpful to me. Thank you.”
“Tell me more…”
And so the conversation continued after our International Resilience Symposium in Zimbabwe wrapped as I was approached by a nurse from a local hospital. She helped me understand her starting point for applying what she learned. Her questions and insights acting as seed-planting in guiding the resilience forward.
Looking around the room, I saw small groups of symposium participants gathered in similar conversations and explorations. Whole-hearted collaboration and vulnerable conversations like these serve as the heartbeat of cross-cultural and community resilience work.
Kudos and gratitude to our presenters, including the Zimbabwe ministry officials who prioritized traveling from Harare (via a flight or 12-hour drive) to inform this conversation. We appreciate the Victoria Falls participants bravely sharing how the impacts of the pandemic on tourism and mental health are playing out in their workplaces and lives. And thank you to the 14 symposium guests from the U.S. We value everyone’s contributions to this important conversation!
We thrive together,
Mollie Marti, Worldmaker CEO
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