Our Boingboing community supports people facing particularly tough times.  Boingboing staff, volunteers and friends come from all walks of life – children and young people, academics, practitioners, vulnerable adults, parents and carers.  We co-design, co-produce and co-deliver everything we do.

Community Interest Company

By registering as a Community Interest Company (CIC) we have declared that the company’s activities will be carried out for the benefit of practitioners, academics, parents, carers and young people, interested in developing knowledge and skills about resilience. Any surpluses we generate will be reinvested back into the community to develop the work further – rather than maximising profits for owners or shareholders.

Our aims and objectives

To actively promote an appreciation and understanding of resilience research and practice for the benefit of supporting children, young people, families and adults exposed to social disadvantage.

So, how are we going do this?

By working in collaboration with university, third sector and statutory partners plus parents, young people and service users, we plan to:

– Establish a virtuous learning cycle between research, education and practice
– Work with individuals to weave Resilient Therapy into their daily practice
– Deliver training on the resilience research evidence base and Resilient Therapy
– Produce Resilient Therapy learning and practice resources
– Involve community partners in the work
– Promote the benefits of a resilient approach
– Encourage the development of resilience research that includes the most disadvantaged in our society

We want to share ideas and provide opportunities for individuals to refine and develop resilient ways of working in their particular homes or work settings. You never know, we just might help to instil a sense of hope, or build the confidence and commitment of those interested in strengthening the ability of others to manage life resiliently.

Communities of Practice (CoPs)

Communities of Practice (CoPs) can be organised around any theme or issue. They’re groups of people who share a passion for the same thing. What’s really exciting about them though, is that they cut across traditional organisational barriers and hierarchies, to bring ALL perspectives to bear on a particular topic or a specific field of interest. They avoid giving more importance to professional knowledge over actual lived experience, which often mean that CoPs raise stimulating questions about what knowledge is and whose knowledge we are talking about.

Our resilience CoPs bring the knowledge held by academics, practitioners, parents and carers together. They aim to generate new ways of thinking about and building resilience with children and young people having tough times. Finding ways to build resilience is our shared passion, and the ultimate goal is to shape resilience practice for the better. So we rely on partners being willing to share and reflect on their ideas, research and practice, and be open to new ways of thinking about and supporting children, young people and families.

Dr Etienne Wenger, who has done a lot of work in the field of communities of practice, and is helping us with various projects, recently gave a lecture in Brighton titled “Learning in landscapes of practice: recent developments in social learning theory”: