Eco-Week Pellworm 2020 Online
The resilience of villages
The lecture by Alistair Adam Hernandez from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover was an impressive event, including many islanders and friends of the island, representatives of villages from Brandenburg and Lower Saxony, Austria, the Canary Islands and Croatia. The term resilience describes the ability to resist and adapt and is more familiar from psychology. Presenting is PHD findings, Alistair Adam examined how villages throughout Europe deal with disturbances and difficult situations. How the specific problems are recognised and analysed and how village communities searche for solutions was impressively compared and discussed. Examples from England, Spain and Germany were used to show what village communities have in common facing various types of crisis and how they organise their way out of those challenges. Adam Hernandez explained that the main question is "how a village is perceived as lively, dynamic and active from the outside and inside and how it organises conflict management and transformation through communication and collective learning". The lecture was followed by a lively discussion and an exchange of experiences with all participants, so that the event continued well into the night. All expressed the wish to deal intensively with the topic of resilience again at a next physical meeting on Pellworm.