Building Resilience Workshop VI

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 6:00pm to Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 7:00pm

The Build Your Resilience Network is presenting its annual Building Resilience Workshop VI from March 25-28, 2015.

The 2015 workshop theme, “Build Your Resilience Network,” highlights the importance of transcending the daily grind and working together within a larger system to create effective change through stronger, interwoven programming that speaks to the Gulf Coast region’s vulnerable communities. BRW VI takes on a new shape this year by incorporating multiple days of events, including Wednesday and Thursday evening events, and a Friday tour of local community-focused organizations.

Our week culminates in an all-day Saturday workshop featuring relevant panels and am emphasis on interaction with representatives from local parish governments, non-profit and grassroots organizations, entrepreneurs and small businesses, media and film, and leading research universities.


The Building Resilience Workshop convenes diverse stakeholders to engage in addressing natural and man-made hazards affecting coastal communities. Since 2010, the mission of the annual Building Resilience Workshop has been to identify and promote the implementation of innovative and sustainable strategies that strengthen resilience in south Louisiana and around the world.

March 25, Wednesday: Film Screening of Can’t Stop the Water

Location: Indywood Cinema

628 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

  • 6:00 pm Registration and Happy Hour
  • 6:30 pm Screening
  • 7:30 pm Introduction by Lieutenant General Russel Honoré
  • Q&A with Director Rebecca Ferris and Documentary Participants from Isle de Jean Charles

Thursday, March 26: Ten Years Strong—Building Deeper Connections in the Community: Resilient Merchants Walk and Learn in Mid-City

Location: Gulf Coast Bank

201 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm Happy Hour, Tour, and Discussion

Attendees will meet at three Mid-City businesses to hear the owners discuss how they have made positive changes to their continuity planning and resiliency collaborations. The evening will begin at Gulf Coast Bank for happy hour and discussion before walking to Angelo Brocato’s and Massey’s a short distance away. Sponsored by Mid-City Business Association, this free event is coordinated in partnership with Mark Strella of StayLocal, and Deborah Mills of Dewberry. Walking shoes recommended.

Friday, March 27: Tour of Grassroots Organizations of Greater New Orleans

This tour features interactive discussions with leaders at local community organizations regarding their role in the community, their sustainable programming, and their impact on the Greater New Orleans area. Following the tour, attendees are invited to a lunch/happy hour discussion at a nearby restaurant.

Meeting location will be communicated to participants

  • 9:00 am Shuttle pick up in downtown New Orleans
  1. Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development
  2. Global Green Holy Cross Project
  3. Common Ground Relief Wetlands Restoration
  4. St. Bernard Project
  • 2:30 pm Drop off in Central Business District

Please join us for a happy hour and discussion immediately following the tour!

Saturday, March 28: Workshop: Build Your Resilience Network

Location: Arlene Meraux River Observation Center

5124 E. St. Bernard Hwy, Violet, LA 70092

8:00 am – 7:00 pm Full Day Workshop

The morning keynote session presents Jeff Hebert, the City of New Orleans’ Chief Resilience Officer, as part of the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities program, who will be followed by Prisca Weems, the City of New Orleans’ Stormwater Manager. Each will detail their new stations within the city and what they hope to achieve for New Orleans.

The afternoon keynote explores the work of Luisa Dantas, filmmaker and interactive media producer for Land of Opportunity. She serves as a professor at Tulane University, and is a community activist.

Panels and interactive discussions are featured throughout the day. Review the online program for more details.

Program Panels:

  • How Will Our Plans Work Together?
  • Weather the Storm: Building Strong Networks through Resource Collaboration
  • Louisiana and Alaska: Turning Crisis into Resiliency through Intensive Community Collaboration
  • Resilience in the Community Showcase: Evolving Efforts That Have Grown Since Hurricane Katrina
  • Through the Lens: Telling Important Stories, Inspiring Conversations, Building Community Resilience
  • Working Together: Government Resilience Among Coastal Parishes
  • How Are We Preparing Local Future Resilience Professionals?

Registration  is now open for each event

Call for Sponsors

We are seeking your support to continue the valuable mission of the annual Building Resilience Workshop. We believe that the work you do aligns very well with the mission of BRW. Please see the website for the sponsorship form  detailing five levels of support for your consideration.

Call for Exhibitors

Would you like to present a project or promote your organization to the participants of an international workshop? The Building Resilience Workshop VI is calling for those who wish to table on Saturday in conjunction with the workshop event. Please email to sign-up now!

Call for Photos

BRW VI is seeking resilience-themed photographs to feature in a pop-up gallery at Saturday’s all-day workshop event at the Arlene Meraux River Observation Center in St. Bernard Parish. To submit : Email a high-resolutionof your original photograph (color or black & white accepted) and include “resilience photo” in the email subject line. Please include your name and a description of what resilience means to you, and send to: .

Call for Volunteers

We always welcome volunteers! If you would like to volunteer during one of our events, or if you have a specific skill set that you would like to contribute to our organization, please contact us at .


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