Common Ground: Bridging Police and Community Collaboration

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Communities must work together to become resilient. Please enjoy this piece from our Guest Blogger: Richard C. Lumb, Ph. D.

As loud voices erupt to demand their particular agenda, the focus of disruption is often against police.  Remove the effectiveness of police and social chaos emerges.  Dampen the courage of leaders in support of order and chaos occurs.  Active or tacit refusal to demand social order for the substantial majority of citizens has the effect of emboldening the aberrant behaviors.  Peaceful protest, making a convincing argument and seeking collaborative change disappears to be replaced with chaos, and the effect on many is an unnecessary fear. Continue reading “Common Ground: Bridging Police and Community Collaboration”

How To Make Your Willpower Stronger And More Effective  by JOE ELLISON

“Ever wondered what life would be like if you had 50% more drive? Scrap that – how about 10%? With just a smidgen more purpose in your gut, you could be the go-getter you always wanted to be, finally mastering that guitar solo, winning that big promotion and getting that novel finished. It’s not out of reach. According to many experts, this drive to succeed is a finite source we create within ourselves, rather than a natural one: ‘Willpower isn’t something you’re born with,’ weighs in Dr Ron Breazeale, a US clinical psychologist specialising in resilience training, ‘It’s something you develop, create and move forward with.’ With the help of Breazeale, RISING reveals how to carpe the hell out of that diem.”

 

First Night-Chapters 20-22 Now Posted

The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism continues.

First Night had me hooked. The dialogue of characters is sharp and adds to the development of the story. Like most authors Ron reveals many of his high integrity and values through his main character but also in others. You’ll find humor, spies, psychology, disability, skepticism, and compassion for humanity mixed into First Night.”  ~ Dennis Fitzgibbons

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Please follow this link to read new chapters of First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism

Welcome back BounceBack!

BounceBack is a serious game, a tool to help build mental toughness by asking people to respond to real world challenges using the Skills & Attitudes of resilience.

We hope to have our first decks available for purchase by September 2017. Watch our No Cost Resilience Tools page for the free downloadable Demonstration Deck.

We suggest several ways to use BounceBack below. But you may choose to use these cards differently. That’s the beauty of BounceBack. It’s flexible. It can be used alone, with a coach, with a peer or in a small group. There are many ways to use BounceBack. Take a look at our suggestions below or create your own game according to your unique needs.

 

First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism

Chapters 1-15 Posted

“First Night is a wonderful tale of hope and cynicism spun from the whole cloth of down home Maine humor and fundamental values. The book is a page-turning flight of fancy that captured modern man’s struggle with assimilating new technologies without losing the fabric of past times. I loved it. A fast read that took me to other times and places I hadn’t had time to think about since my iPad crashed!”

Captain W. Russell Webster, CEM, US Coast Guard (Ret.), Maritime Author and Historian

 

S.M.A.R.T. Goals – Vital to Resiliency

If you are to be resilient or to be hopeful, you must set clear and achievable Graphic showing five differently colored houses in a row each having a letter of the word SMART posted to the front. The word goals appears below the display. Graphics appear above each rooftop. From left to right they are: target, meter, thumbs up, check mark and timer.goals. These are often referred to as S.M.A.R.T. goals. The first letter, S, stands for specific. We know exactly what we would like to do. If we have a health issue, such as decreasing our level of cholesterol, we want to be able to set a specific goal. In other words, we want to make that goal measurable, which is the second component of a S.M.A.R.T. goal. We need to set a specific figure. We would like to get our cholesterol down to 140, for example, so we will know whether we have achieved that goal or we haven’t. Continue reading “S.M.A.R.T. Goals – Vital to Resiliency”

PocketConfidant AI is developing the first virtual coach powered by Artificial Intelligence.

 

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Building Resilience…Survival Skills for the 21st. Century was conceived by Ron Breazeale, Ph.D., in order to promote and facilitate the acquisition of resilience skills and attitudes among individuals and groups of diverse origin and a wide array of vocations, with a need to survive the tragedy and adversity that befalls each of us at one time or another. To that end, he gathered a team of professional colleagues, interns, friends and volunteers willing to help pursue the goal. Building Resilience is an outgrowth of Maine Resilience and its ambitions.  Maine Resilience is a non-profit agency started in January of 2007.  Building and sustaining the resilience of all Maine citizens its goal. Dr. Ron Breazeale and Alpha One worked together to form Maine Resilience and to create materials used to teach resilience through storytelling. Building Resilience has partnered with others over the years in order to facilitate an increase in resilience skills. We have provided more than sixty workshops with diverse groups including individuals with disabilities, first responders and educators since 2007.

One of our newest partners is PocketConfidant AI. PocketConfidant AI is developing the first virtual coach powered by Artificial Intelligence.

“Our goal is to be a preventive tool, supporting individuals going through personal, professional or academic transitions, helping them develop the competencies they need to enhance their critical thinking and problem solving skills, become more resilient and self-confidant.”

PocketConfidant virtual coach will learn through interaction with users. Think of this as the development of a huge library of knowledge from which to draw the right question at the right time. Would you like to help build the library that enables PocketConfidant to be the best tool possible?

PocketConfidant AI seeks to engage organizations, institutions and/or businesses whose patrons might benefit from this unique coaching tool; the purpose of which is to empower people and develop resilience through technology. We encourage you to participate. Contact us or contact PocketConfidant AI to be a part of this innovative coaching experience.

This is an exciting opportunity and we hope that you’ll take advantage of it. If you have questions please address them to us or to PocketConfidant directly.

Thanks for you support.

Charlene Fernald Moynihan