Interested in leading a Resilience Forum?

We really appreciate speakers taking the time to share their knowledge and experience. If you are interested in leading a Resilience Forum we’ve put together the information on these pages to help you decide and to start thinking about how your expertise may best be shared within our tried and tested Resilience Forum format.

How to apply
Please take your time to review the information on these pages before downloading the speaker application form. Completed forms should be sent to Viktoria ([email protected]) and Rosie ([email protected]). If you would like to talk through the resilience focus of your session beforehand, then Viktoria and Rosie are happy to have a chat with you.

Background Information
Resilience Forums are a monthly event that moved completely online in April 2020. We use the digital platform Microsoft Teams to host the Forums. You can find out more about accessing online Forums via Microsoft Teams. Our Resilience Forums have been running for several years (you can check out Previous Resilience Forums) and are currently co-ordinated by a partnership between Boingboing, the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice and the Resilience Revolution in Blackpool.

Resilience Forums are a space where we welcome and encourage discussion, disagreement and debate about resilience research and practice. We make the conscious effort to ensure Forums are not passive spaces (eg a lecture) for attendees. Our Resilience Forums are entirely FREE and are attended by a real mix of people including people with lived experience, young people, parents, carers, academics, practitioners, commissioners and policy makers. They are a great space for learning and sharing ideas and we value that each participant brings with them a wealth of knowledge.

Several people sat around a table looking at a speaker off-camera
Four pastel drawings by young unaccompanied refugees showing homes and people

Typical Format
Topics vary greatly but they do need to connect to resilience in a clear way – for example a specific definition or understanding of resilience, a particular experience of working with resilience in practice, or a research project that is advancing our thinking around resilience. Co-production is core to how we work, so we especially encourage co-produced content that represents a co-productive approach where possible e.g., presenting with a young person, or a person with lived experience. We suggest speakers begin the Forum by sharing their ideas (often through an introductory presentation but we are open to new and creative methods!), and then open the space to some participant activities and discussion. We have a ‘typical forum session’ template below. We have found that group activities and interactive elements within a Forum can really help to engage a diverse audience and we really encourage this. Members of the Resilience Forum organising team will support speakers in facilitating the online space and discussions where required. Forums usually last between 1 and 1.5 hours, including a brief period of informal networking at the end.

Because our Resilience Forums draw quite a mix of people, with varying levels of knowledge about resilience, we like to make sure that sessions are accessible and inclusive. As such, please use clear and inclusive language, and explain what you mean when using acronyms. We have a standard ‘jargon busting’ sheet which we can add to if you think of any terms that are essential to your work that you will be using.

When preparing for your Resilience Forum, we kindly ask you to please consider:

  • What you want the audience to learn/understand about resilience
  • How you want them to critically assess their own experiences/ practice
  • The main points you want them to take home from the session

As a guide and reflecting on our previous online sessions, we have found the following structure to work well, but let us know if you want to make amendments:

Mikey stood by Sun And Clouds board - co-produced Resilience Forum
Brighton Table Tennis Club stood facing the camera - belonging resilience forum
A group of people sat at tables in a meeting, some raising their hands to indicate whether they are academics, practitions, parents, students etc
Selogadi Mampane arts activist by Luiz De Barros


Introduction (Boingboing Facilitator) 5 minutes
Opening presentation (Speaker) 20 minutes
Discussion (Speaker will ask at least one key question/plan one activity that creates space for debate. This may include breaking the larger group out in to smaller breakout rooms) 30 minutes
Feedback from discussion (Attendees, Boingboing Facilitator, Speaker) 15 minutes
Ending summary (Speaker will include the three key takeaways for attendees) 5 minutes
Informal networking/Q+A 15 minutes
If using break-out spaces please allow time for attendees to switch rooms 5 minutes