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Blog: The question of resilience



The second event of our Conversations of our time series focused on resilience, sharing ideas and experiences from around the world on how people and communities adapt during times of significant change. Our guests Dr Jill Flint-Taylor, Lucy Maina, Ralph Baydoun and host Catalina Holguín, shared their insights, experiences and practical solutions exploring:

  • The different factors that strengthen individuals and communities
  • How people and communities deal with multiple pressures and hazards that often occur simultaneously
  • How individuals and groups respond differently to pressures and hazards based on their gender, socio-economic position, ethnicity and other factors
  • How culture and communication can help to build the social bonds that increase our collective resilience
  • How language learning can support individuals and communities to withstand challenges, recover from crisis and overcome barriers

Conversations of our time is a series of free digital events with respected and inspiring thought leaders from around the globe.

Our speakers

Dr Jill Flint-Taylor

Jill is a practitioner psychologist and researcher.  She specialises in assessment, resilience and leadership and provides consultancy to organisations in international development, culture and education, healthcare, central government and the private sector. Since 2016 she has been supporting the British Council’s Strengthening Resilience programmes in the MENA region, and she is an external member of their Research and Evidence Board.  Voluntary positions include Trustee at mental health INGO BasicNeeds International (2012-2017).

Jill is Executive Director at Rusando and an Adjunct Faculty member at Ashridge/Hult International Business School, where she is Professor of Organizational Psychology.  She has authored several publications on resilience.

Lucy Maina

Lucy is a Kenya-based education consultant with specialist expertise in the role education, communities, languages and communication play in building resilience. She is Programme Director for GRIC (Grassroots innovations for Change), a hub for community-driven innovations that increases learning opportunities for students in under-served communities in African countries.

Lucy has a Masters in Humanitarian Assistance and MPH (Public Health) and has worked in education and health for over twenty years. She has wide experience in implementing, monitoring and evaluating international education programmes, and has conducted research for the British Council on language in education issues in government schools in refugee settings. 

Ralph Baydoun

Ralph is an independent community organiser, activist and communications specialist, currently working as a consultant for the British Council in Lebanon. His background is as a videographer and he previously worked with World Vision (Beirut) on their Forgotten Lives campaign, capturing stories from refugees about their often traumatic experience in their own words, reporting from the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and the Lebanon-Syrian border. He is the creative engine behind Tripolives, the youth-led media platform which aims to create a new identity for Tripoli - and a new space for young people, enabling them to represent their own stories and build trust across divides.  

Catalina Holguin (host)

Catalina leads the British Council’s Schools and Inclusive Communities programmes in the Americas region, and is based in Bogotá. She holds a Master’s Degree in Development and International Aid and a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Social Capital Building. She specializes in education development and building social capital, particularly among young people.