Second Call for Papers and Presentations for Building Resilient Communities

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Through this second call for papers and presentations, conference organizers welcome submissions from community organizations, community leaders, nonprofit organizations, government, students, researchers, and businesses to share information on the topic of building resilient communities or regions.

Each presentation will be allocated 15 minutes for sharing information and 5 minutes for questions. Conference organizers also welcome suggestions for panel discussions on topics related to building resilient communities and regions. 

Building Resilient Community Conference invites explorations of how various ‘dark horses’ in Canada and the broad North Atlantic – including minorities, small towns, peripheries, aboriginal communities, those with little money, status, voice or political leverage – can rise to the occasion and chart livable futures. The conference will examine opportunities for sustainable living that are more likely to emerge from small and peripheral communities – rural, coastal or island.

The conference will serve as a platform for the critical and inter-disciplinary discussion of experiences where those living ‘on the edge’, however defined, show unexpected ingenuity and mettle; and respond cleverly to dire economic straits or public policy negligence. Including:

  • Politically, by developing suitable governance practices; flexing jurisdictional powers; and engaging in multi-level political and (para)-diplomatic relations;
  • Economically, by facilitating small-scale entrepreneurship; promoting investment; creating skill-rich jobs; encouraging inward and circular migration; and developing new forms of human-scaled, place-based, no-growth economies, sensitive to environmental needs; and
  • Culturally, by nourishing strong communities that celebrate traditions and encourage artistic expression; sustaining suitable environmental practices; and welcoming newcomers in their rooted yet routed ways of life.

To submit a topic for consideration please complete the Abstract Submission Form available at the conference website. The deadline for submitting abstracts is April 3, 2015. Completed abstracts are to be emailed to Ryan Gibson ( Contributors will be notified by the end of April 2015 regarding the acceptance of their submission. Inquiries and questions about presentations, panels, or themed sessions can be sent to Ryan Gibson. For more information on the Building Resilient Communities Conference visit

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