Deconstructing Resilience

Deconstructing Resilience

Day 1
11:45 – 13:00
Fortress Suite


This plenary will begin to deepen the explorations and offer a range of paradigms on resilience. It will help us to explore the spectrum of cultural values and responses that shape our understanding of what makes societies resilient by challenging dominant narratives and hegemonic structures. The session will contrast the issues and failures that contribute to vulnerability with the dimensions of governance that enable resilience. Some of the questions it would answer are: How do societies become resilient? Resilience for whom? What are the elements that would help characterise resilient societies? What power structures, policies, institutional arrangements, mechanisms and processes promote or hinder resilience? Is building resilience as currently constructed limited to short term solutions? What roles does culture play in enabling resilience? What are the intersections of sustainability and resilience? Why do some responses to resilience remain in the margins and what needs to change?

Panellists in this plenary will build on the keynote address by Vandana Shiva, who will explore: why resilience needs to be examined; why other responses to build resilience continue to remain in the margins; and what needs to change.



(CHAIR) Myn Garcia

Myn Garcia Commonwealth FoundationAs the Deputy Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, Myn Garcia has responsibility for Programmes and Grants. She led the Foundation in developing its Strategic Framework for 2012-16 and in integrating results-based management across the organisation.

Magdalena Moreno Mujica

Magdalena Moreno Mujica is the Deputy Director of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), based in Sydney, Australia. Prior to IFACCA, she was Head of International Affairs at the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CNCA) and ministerial advisor for culture, for the Government of Chile from 2012 to 2014. During this period, she served as the Programme Director of IFACCA's 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture, staged in Santiago in January 2014, responsible for the delivery of the Chilean Pavilions at the Venice Biennale for visual arts and architecture, and developing Chile’s international cultural policy.

Prior to her appointment in Chile, Ms Moreno resided in Melbourne, Australia. She was the CEO for Kultour, Australia's national peak body supporting cultural diversity in the arts and was a member of the National Cultural Policy Taskforce for Creative Australia 2020. In addition, she was the Director of The South Project: an international cross-cultural project creating platforms for south-south dialogue and collaborations across the southern hemisphere. She is an advocate for diversity and international cooperation, and passionate about the pivotal role of culture in society.

Clayton Thomas Muller

Clayton Thomas-Muller is a member of the Treaty #6 based Mathias Colomb Cree Nation also known as Pukatawagan located in Northern Manitoba, Canada. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Clayton is a campaigner with as well as a founder and organizer with Defenders of the Land. Clayton is involved in many initiatives to support the building of an inclusive movement globally for energy and climate justice. He serves on the boards of the Global Justice Ecology Project and the Bioneers and is a steering committee member of the Tar Sands Solutions Network and development committee member of Idle No More.

Clayton has been recognized by Utne Magazine as one of the top 30 under 30 activists in the United States and as a “Climate Hero 2009” by Yes Magazine. For the last twelve years he has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 states organizing in hundreds of First Nations, Alaska Native and Native American communities in support of grassroots Indigenous Peoples to defend against the encroachment of the fossil fuel industry. This has included a special focus on the sprawling infrastructure of pipelines, refineries and extraction associated with the Canadian tar sands. Clayton is an organizer, facilitator, public speaker and writer on environmental and economic justice.

Uchita de Zoysa

Uchita-de-Zoysa-Commonwealth-Peoples-Forum-CPF-2015Uchita de Zoysa is an internationally acclaimed thinker, writer and speaker who is a frontline leader and strategist for shaping policy for the global sustainability movement. He is the author of several books including “It has to be CLIMATE SUSTAINABILITY”. He has authored several international and national reports including the ‘Asian Review on Sustainable Consumption’, contributed to many books on the environment and sustainability, and has played a leading role in the formulation of global independent sector collective agreements such as the ‘The NGO Alternative Treaties’, the “Oslo Declaration on Sustainable Consumption” and the “Peoples Sustainability Manifesto”.

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Nelson Maldonado-Torres

Nelson Maldonado-Torres earned his BA at the University of Puerto Rico (1994) and his PhD at Brown University (2000). He teaches in the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies (LHCS) and is member of the core faculty of the Comparative Literature Program at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.  He is also Research Fellow in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of South Africa and member of the international board of the Frantz Fanon Foundation in Paris, France. He has been president of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (2008-2013), Director of the Center for Latino Policy Research at UC Berkeley (2009-2010), and Chair of LHCS at Rutgers (2012-2015).  His publications include Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity (Duke UP, 2008), and the collection of essays La descolonización y el giro decolonial, compiled by the Universidad de la Tierra in 2011. He is also the co-editor of Latin@s in the World-System: Decolonization Struggles in the 21st Century US Empire. His main research interests include decolonial thinking, ethical and political theory, theory of religion, Caribbean philosophy, Africana thought, and comparative ethnic studies.

He is currently finishing a book manuscript entitled Fanonian Meditations where he elaborates on the ethico-political and epistemological components of Fanon’s work.